Grades 7-12

Half-Day Programs (Standards-based)

Learn the methods scientists use to measure biodiversity and why biodiversity is vital to the health of the environment and the quality of human life.

Explore the field, forest, and pond ecosystems to document the interactions between the living and non-living components of these diverse habitats.

Wetlands Ecology
Students will discover the importance of wetlands as they experience first-hand the features and functions of wetlands at the Schuylkill Center.

Incredible Insects
Get up close and personal with the one of the most diverse groups of creatures on the planet. Students explore our forests, ponds and fields to learn about the physical features and behaviors of the insects here.

Amazing Adaptations
Students come to understand that all living things possess unique features to help them survive, and that everything has a niche.

Water Survey
Students will learn how scientists monitor the water quality of our streams and ponds by conducting their own survey of the chemical, biological and physical qualities of a water ecosystem.

Seeds to Trees to Soil
Trees are vital to our environment, absorbing carbon dioxide, cooling the earth, and providing important animal habitat. Students focus on the forest ecosystem and the life cycle of trees.

Soil: Digging Deeper
Students will get their hands dirty and discover the importance of soil and the nutrients that cycle through it and into plants.

Half-Day Program Fees
$6 per student; $60 minimum | 1 adult free per group of ten students | $3 for each additional adult

Full-Day Programs (Standards-based)

Full-day programs provide a three-hour lesson with our educators (generally 10:00 am – 1:30 pm with a break for lunch), allowing students time to delve more deeply into subject areas. Choose one of our standard full-day options listed below, or combine any two half-day topics for a full-day experience. All programs are tied to PA academic standards.

Aquatic Ecology & Water Quality
Students learn about watersheds and the impact of human activity on our waterways, examine stream critters under a microscope, and conduct pollution experiments. Students also do a water quality assessment at a pond or stream.

Ecosystems & Adaptations
This program reinforces the concept that every species has a unique set of characteristics that help it survive. Students learn how the environment influences a species’ physical features and behavior through the process of natural selection.

Art & Science
Enhance your students’ understanding of the natural world through art. Students will interpret natural science learning during their field explorations into an art project that they can take home.

Full-Day Program Fees
$10 per student; $100 minimum
1 adult free with each group of ten students
$5 for each additional adult

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Our registrar will be happy to assist you in choosing a date and theme for your program.

Please call 215-482-7300 ext 110 to reserve your program today!


Programs are rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors and will incorporate The Schuylkill Center’s extensive collection of natural history artifacts and environmental activities.

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