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October 2021

The Monarch’s Amazing Migration: a Status Report

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual

The monarch butterfly undergoes one of the most extraordinary migrations in the animal kingdom, butterflies across America and Canada flying south to only a handful of Mexican mountain valleys. But that phenomenon is endangered as monarch numbers have plummeted in recent years, compromised by climate, Midwestern “milkweed deserts,” and logging in Mexico. How are this year’s monarch’s doing? National monarch expert Dr. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch, the organization that has started placing monarch waystations across the…

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Cultural Roots: Jewish-Iraqi Food and Conversation

October 27 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

Enjoy spicy and aromatic Jewish-Iraqi cuisine with chef Annabel Rabiyah of Awafi Kitchen (Boston), and discover the rich history of the Jewish Iraqi diaspora in the United States. Chef Annabel will demonstrate traditional recipes, and participants will taste a hearty Iraqi style beet stew (Kubba Schwandar) with optional meat dumplings, served with tea. While breaking homemade bread in our Iraqi guesthouse, we’ll talk with Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, cook Annabel Rabiyah, and artists of Al Mudhif Yaroub Al-Obaidi and Sarah Kavage, together exploring food, culture, and belonging. Space…

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink of extinction. Based on his newest book "A World on the Wing," author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe-- with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what…

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Forest Bathing

October 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Come celebrate the fall season with a peaceful walk through and meditation in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care. The guided walk will be led by certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.  Registration is required.

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November 2021

The Lenape and the Land

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual

While so many of our place names-- Wissahickon, Manayunk-- are of Lenape origin, most of us know far too little about the region’s original people. During Native American Heritage Month, members of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania share their historic relationship to the land they called Lenapehoking. Living in large settlements, the Lenape practiced agriculture, growing the Three Sisters, hunted and harvested the bounty of the land, and significantly altered the composition of forests by the clever use of fire.…

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Restoration Volunteer Workday

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Connect with nature and make new friends as we work to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest. Remove invasive plants, carry out general trail maintenance, and get to know our property at this monthly volunteer session. We recommend wearing long pants and sturdy boots and bringing a pair of gloves if you have them available. No experience necessary—we provide gloves (if needed), tools, and instruction. Please bring your own water bottle. Please note: our volunteer workday will be…

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