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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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February 2021

Leave it to Beavers

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Surprise! Not only do bald eagles nest near the airport and peregrine falcons swoop out of Manayunk skies, but beavers are now building dams and lodges along the Schuylkill in Manayunk and Roxborough. Once locally extinct, beavers have happily returned to several places in our city. While this is worth celebrating, it has ironically impacted restoration efforts where beavers devour newly planted trees. Local naturalist Bernard “Billy” Brown, author of the Urban Naturalist column in Grid magazine, the Roxborough Manayunk…

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March 2021

Celebrate Spring! A Virtual Wildflower Walk

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

After this wicked snow-filled winter, spring has finally sprung, bringing the promise of a forest overflowing with bright green leaves and a stunning carpet of ephemeral wildflowers. Mike Weilbacher, our resident wildflower expert, takes you on a virtual nature walk through the Center’s trails to meet our wonderful wildflowers, so many having such evocative names: Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauties, Jacob’s ladder, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wake robin. He’ll share their life stories, the role they play in the ecology of the region, and…

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April 2021

Ask a Naturalist

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring your nature questions for our panel of naturalists to answer. What’s the best local tree to plant in my yard? Which birds are migrating through Philadelphia right now? How are native bees or monarch butterflies doing? What actions can I take at home to support nature? Tony Croasdale, naturalist at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center joins our staff naturalists Aaliyah Green Ross and Eduardo Duenas to answer all your nature questions.

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Saving the Ark: Religion and the Environment

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In April, sermons about nature and the environment are increasingly heard in churches, mosques, and synagogues across the planet—sermons about stewardship, justice, even survival. At this event, religious leaders from diverse faiths gather to discuss and dissect the role of religion in the environment and will take your questions. Our panel includes Eileen Flanagan, author and former leader of the Earth Quaker Action Team, Reverend Gregory S. Holston, pastor of the Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Germantown, Pastor Langdon…

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Rob Carter: Cultured Lands Artist Discussion

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Environmental artist Rob Carter’s work involves architecture, the science of plants, the environment and the history of colonialism. Join us for a virtual reception as he shares his fascination with how botany and urban development shape our shared environment. He will discuss his current research into the history and future of landscapes with Tina Plokarz, the Schuylkill Center’s Director of Environmental Art, and Lee Stoetzel, manager of the West Collection, a contemporary art collection in which several of Rob Carter’s…

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Earth Day Live!

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online,

On this day, more than 1 billion people from almost 200 countries will unite to improve our planet. Join us for a highly interactive event where we invite you to share Earth Day actions, ask questions of Saleem Chapman, the city’s climate resilience coordinator, enjoy eco-poetry, learn our city’s special history with Earth Day, and guess the top 5 environmental pop songs of all time—while hearing a climate change quartet. You’ll also meet our impossibly cute Nature Preschoolers, who help…

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Native Plants Hotline

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Native plants offer a host of benefits to your garden-- and one of the most powerful acts you can offer to improve our planet. In addition to their beauty, native plants provide nectar and pollen for insects, food for colorful birds and rare butterflies, homes for toads and salamanders, protection from stormwater, and a whole lot more. But what to plant in YOUR yard? Are there native plants that grow in the shade? In that annoying wet spot? On the…

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May 2021

Spring Night Hike

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

Welcome the first days of spring with a walk along our moonlit trails as we discover the forest in a whole new way. On this guided hike, we’ll look and listen for the nocturnal animals while taking in the beauty and peacefulness of the forest at night. The hike will begin at the Visitor Center. Participants should bring a flashlight. We’ll hike rain or shine so please dress for the weather. Space is limited; registration required. Masks are required throughout…

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Spring Fungi Hike with the Philadelphia Mycology Club

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Morels, chicken of the woods, and oyster mushrooms–with the temperate weather and rainy days of spring, the forest starts to come alive with different varieties of fungus. We’ll go on a slow hike, focusing on fungi biodiversity and citizen science, but there is always a chance that wild edibles will be found along the way. Registration is required. Due to COVID, space is limited so please let us know if you register and can no longer attend. Masks are required…

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The Philly Tree Plan: Growing Our Urban Forest

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Though parts of Philadelphia are shaded by a beautiful canopy of trees, much of the city is not-- and our overall tree canopy sadly declined 6 percent between 2008 and 2018. To address this, the city is creating an urban forest plan-- and needs your help. Erica Smith Fichman, the city’s Community Forestry Manager and the project lead for the Philly Tree Plan, presents the city’s efforts to create a 10 year plan for the planting and care of our…

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A Botanical Paradise: Kazakhstan & the Altai Mountains

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Paul Meyer presents an illustrated lecture on his recent botanical travels in northeast Kazakhstan. The world’s largest landlocked country, few travelers from the western world have visited this extraordinarily beautiful region, noted for its rich steppe and alpine flora. In addition, Meyer will share stories of the people, architecture, and culture. He is the retired F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum, not to mention an exceptional photographer, writer, and speaker.

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Kickoff Ceremony for Al-Mudhif

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Join us as we kick off the construction of our next art installation, Al-Mudhif, with a dedication ceremony and a day building together in community. American veterans, Iraqi refugees, and the public will join environmental artist Sarah Kavage and Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi in constructing an Iraqi guest house, called a mudhif, traditionally made with reed grasses called phragmites. The building process involves tying bundles of reeds into 20-foot-long columns, and then shaping them into huge parabolic arches. Hand-woven mats are then tied…

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June 2021

Green New Deal: A Roundtable

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

The Green New Deal has been a source of extreme controversy ever since it was first proposed more than two years ago. But while a lot of ink has been spilled about the GND, few people know much about what it actually proposes. We’d like to change that. State Senator Nikil Saval, State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler—two candidates who ran, in part, on the proposal—and the Sierra Club’s Zakia Elliott answer all your questions about the Green New Deal.

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Freshwater Mussels, Our Blue-Collar Bivalves

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
Free

Freshwater mussels are THE most imperiled animals in both America and the Delaware River watershed, and restoration of mussels has become a national priority, especially as these hard-working animals perform the vital service of filtering our water. A coalition of public and private partners has ambitious plans, including propagating as many as a million mussels annually in labs and ponds to restore their populations. Lance Butler, senior scientist with the Philadelphia Water Dept, one of the partners, presents the astonishing…

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Black to Nature: Reconnecting with our Natural Roots

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
Free

Join us for a lively panel discussion on the historic relationship of African-Americans to nature and the land, and how these relationships have been strained by societal and structural forces. We’ll highlight local organizations working to help Black people rediscover their connection to nature, and discuss how cultivating positive experiences in nature can help us heal from personal and shared trauma. Panelists: Latiaynna Tabb and Pamia Coleman, co-founders of Black Girls with Green Thumbs Camila Rivera-Tinsely, Director of Education at…

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