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December 2019

Winter Solstice Hike

December 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$5 – $10

Take a walk through our moonlit forest to hear about ancient solstice traditions and to celebrate the slow return of the sun.

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Wellness Saturday: Mindfulness in Nature

December 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

At this month’s wellness program, we’ll focus on how mindfulness in nature can lead to positive effects on our physical and mental well-being.

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January 2020

Winter Bird Census

January 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

In our annual census, we’ll monitor the abundance of bird species that winter in our forests and fields.

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Restoration Volunteer Workday

January 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Help us to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest while getting to know the property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

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Giants of the Forest

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

During this guided hike, we’ll see some of the biggest trees in our forest—some over 13’ around! Learn how to identify these trees based on their winter characteristics, such as shape and bark pattern.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Community members as well as Nature Preschool families past and present are invited to join us as we work on service projects aimed at protecting the health of our forests

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‌Wellness Saturday: Nature Immersion – CANCELLED

January 25, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

a visit to the winter woods can help rejuvenate and inspire a sense of the warming hearth during these cold months

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20 Years of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center: Opening Reception

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

This exhibition celebrates the art program’s history by inviting previous exhibiting artists to revisit the work they did at the Schuylkill Center, and looks to the future of environmental art with new artists exploring related themes

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February 2020

Roxborough Green: Preserving Open Space The 9th Annual Richard L. James Lecture

February 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free, donations appreciated

Roxborough’s beloved open space is disappearing rapidly as developers discover some of the last “available” land in the city. At this town meeting,  community leaders and planners discuss actions you can take to preserve our community’s open space. Panelists include James Harry Calamia of the Roxborough Development Corporation, Kay Sykora of the Roxborough/Manayunk Conservancy, Celeste Hardester of the Central Roxborough Civic Association, and Matt Wysong, a planner for the City of Philadelphia. Co-sponsors include the Roxborough Development Corporation, the Upper…

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Restoration Volunteer Workday

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Help us to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest while getting to know the property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

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Wellness Saturday: Yoga in the Greenhouse

February 29, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Yoga allows us to focus on our body and mind while improving core strength and flexibility.

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March 2020

Moonglow Hike (SOLD OUT)

March 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
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$5 – $10

Explore the forest in a new way on a guided full moon hike along our trails. Use specialized UV flashlights to find out what glows in the forest, learn about the features of the moon by peering through telescopes, and end the night by sharing myths and legends about the nighttime forest, constellations, and other stellar objects. Headlamp/flashlight and good hiking shoes are recommended. Please register soon space is limited.

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CANCELED – Wellness Saturday: Mindfulness in Nature

March 28, 2020 @ 9:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Welcome in spring with a variety of wellness programs along our trails. Wellness programs occur on the last Saturday of every month and are free to the public. Donations appreciate.  Take a slow and meandering walk, sit near a tree, rock or stream, and gaze at the sky in what’s  called ‘noble silence’. Noble silence refers to what the Buddha did 2500 years ago as he gazed in gratitude at the Bodhi tree, known scientifically as Fiscus religiosa, or sacred fig, as…

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May 2020

CANCELED – Spring Wildflower Walk

May 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

From trout lily to cohosh to shooting stars – as winter turns into spring, our forest comes alive with an abundant display of beautiful wildflowers. Where is the best spot to see Virginia bluebells? When does trillium begin to emerge? Join Executive Director Mike Weilbacher on a hike along the Ravine Loop – the single best place to see wildflowers here. After the hike, make sure to check out our Spring Native Plant Sale.  

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POSTPONED – The Enchanted Forest: Party Under the Stars

May 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$150

Join us for a party in our beautiful spring forest. Enjoy delicious, sustainably-sourced food, refreshments, live music, and a raffle with wonderful prizes. Our most important fundraising event, this enchanted evening supports our critical mission connecting people and nature.

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June 2020

Thursday Night L!VE (online): Nature Trivia

June 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Where in Manayunk does the world’s fastest animal nest? What local creature eats up to 1,000 insects daily? What large bird uses projectile vomiting as an effective defense?! It’s a cornucopia of questions about nature, wildlife, the environment and all things green-- even frogs. Gather around the computer and vie for prizes in our live trivia event. First place will receive a $50 gift card to Earth Bread and Brewery. Small prizes will also be awarded to the second and…

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October 2020

Nature Trivia Night

October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

It’s a cornucopia of questions about nature, wildlife, the environment and all things green– even frogs. Which nocturnal animal plays dead, emitting a putrid smell to escape its predators? What popular nocturnal creature’s droppings can actually be used as a fertilizer? Gather around the computer and vie for prizes in our live Zoom trivia event. First place will receive a pint glass and t-shirt from Twisted Gingers Brewing Company plus a prize from our gift shop. Prizes will also be…

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Roxborough’s River and Water: A History

October 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

For almost 100 years the Roxborough Pumping Station, just above the Flat Rock Dam, was a landmark on the Schuylkill River, pumping water into two reservoirs on high ground to serve the city's northwestern section. In this illustrated talk, Adam Levine, historian for Philadelphia Water, reveals why the system was built, how it worked, why it was abandoned, and its ultimate dereliction and demolition in 2011. River pollution and flooding, drownings, water filtration, the revitalization of the reservoirs as parkland,…

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The Hidden History of the Schuylkill Center

October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Today’s Schuylkill Center-- an island of preserved open space in a large developing city-- might have turned out differently. Did you know that the farmland that became the Schuylkill Center was short-listed as a site for the United Nations in the 1940s? Later, planners wanted Roxborough’s Cathedral Road to continue down our driveway and end at a bridge over the Schuylkill River to the Main Line. In a reprise of his popular lecture, executive director Mike Weilbacher presents the hidden…

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Pandemic Play: Spread Joy, not the Virus

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Here’s a lecture perfect for frustrated parents navigating the current COVID world, with both you and your children spending too much time online. Come learn how Studio Ludo, a non-profit design firm specializing in play, uses play during the pandemic to fight against social disconnect, preserve parental happiness, and build more resilient, happier kids. They believe that play helps us live life a little more fully. The evening is presented by Meghan Talarowski, Studio Ludo’s executive director, who believes that…

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