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June 2021

Grand Opening of Al-Mudhif, Iraqi Guest House

June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
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It’s our first in-person public event since March 2020! Join us for the opening of the mudhif, the first Iraqi guesthouse built outside of Iraq. You’ll learn the 5,000-year history of this structure—constructed entirely out of phragmites reeds—while meeting its inspiring builders. Our gallery will be open for a stroll through the new exhibition that accompanies the art installation Al Mudhif outside. The evening includes land acknowledgement by Trinity Norwood and Reverend John Norwood of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, remarks by Al-Obaidi and…

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July 2021

Sowing Seeds – A Gathering

July 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$5 – $10

Join us for an exploration through the gallery exhibition in conjunction with Al Mudhif – A Confluence and an Iraqi tea ceremony in the sanctuary guest house on our grounds. Sharing space in Philadelphia, the artists will speak about the migration of plants and people. Featuring: Environmental Artist Sarah Kavage Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi Director of Environmental Art Tina Plokarz

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The Artist Is In

July 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder. Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of…

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August 2021

The Artist Is In

August 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder. Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of…

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September 2021

Reconciliation – A Healing Encounter

September 11, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Two decades after the trauma of 9/11 and subsequent American military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the moral injuries experienced by veterans fundamentally unsettled their beliefs. We brought together Iraqi refugees, U.S. veterans and the public for the construction of Al Mudhif — an Iraqi ceremonial guesthouse entirely made out of invasive wetland reeds. Visitors will be led on a walk with wildlife expert Elizabeth Ellman, enjoy Iraqi tea/coffee, and listen to the sound recordings of veteran voices speaking about…

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The Artist Is In

September 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Meet the artist Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi at the Iraqi guesthouse (Al Mudhif) for conversation and reflection. A mudhif is where special community events like weddings and birthday celebrations occur, but also where conflicting parties go to discuss and resolve differences. Special coffee ceremonies are held there as well, often hosted by the local sheikh, the tribal leader or elder. Conceived and created by Iraqi designer, immigrant Yaroub Al-Obaidi along with environmental artist Sarah Kavage, the mudhif is constructed entirely of…

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October 2021

The Secret Life of a Goldenrod Field

October 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual

For thousands of insect species, goldenrod is a critically important, life-giving plant, the last chance for pollen and nectar before winter settles in. For migrating monarch butterflies, it is fuel that powers the trip to Mexico. Honey bees depend on it for the last burst of honey-making. Crab spiders and praying mantises rely on it for luring insects for them to eat. For people, it is a tragically misunderstood plant. And for peacock flies? We’ll let that be a surprise.…

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Filthadelphia: The City’s Trash Crisis

October 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual

Philadelphia’s long struggles with solid waste and recycling programs deepened and were brought into high relief in the pandemic. Trash pickup became increasingly erratic, the controversial street sweeping program was suspended, and so many people working from home created more residential waste. We’ll dumpster-dive into the future of a cleaner city with former sanitation worker Terrill Haigler, better known in social media circles as Ya Fav Trashman, and Nic Esposito, the city’s former Zero Waste and Litter Director.

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Restoration Volunteer Workday

October 16, 2021 @ 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. For this workday, we will be planting and caring for trees as part of the Treevitalize grant program. 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 canceled…

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The Monarch’s Amazing Migration: a Status Report

October 21, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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 – CANCELED

October 30, 2021 @ 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.   

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November 2021

The Lenape and the Land

November 4, 2021 @ 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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The Urban Forest: A Meigs Award Evening

November 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

Philadelphia has ambitious plans to plant thousands of trees across the city, mitigating climate change while addressing environmental justice. Learn about this plan while discussing trees with a panel of experts. In addition, Mindy Maslin, leader of the Tree Tenders program for almost 30 years, will be honored with the 16th annual Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award; Mindy has trained thousands of volunteers in tree planting while helping plant tens of thousands of trees across the city and beyond.

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Restoration Volunteer Workday

November 20, 2021 @ 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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December 2021

LESS IS MORE: Gallery Opening Reception

December 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Celebrate the opening of Makeba Rainey’s new exhibition “LESS IS MORE: The Nature of Letting Go” with a restorative walk through the grounds and a conversation between the artist and collaborator Dominique London, facilitated by culture worker and healer Hakim Pitts. They’ll discuss the exhibition’s inspirations, Rainey’s printmaking process, finding sustenance in community, working with nature, and more. In her exhibition, Makeba Rainey will create meditative and restorative spaces in the gallery and outdoors, exploring how Black folks can access…

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Volunteer Appreciation Party

December 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Every year our dedicated volunteers donate thousands of hours to support the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Whether you planted native species in our forest, cared for animals at our wildlife clinic, helped the toads cross the road, worked in our administrative department, or served on our board of directors and committees – we want to express our gratitude. Join us for a special event where we celebrate you! Registration is required.

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Secrets of the Solstice

December 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual

In December, natural symbols celebrating the holidays abound: evergreens, hollies, mistletoe, even branching menorahs and the first fruits of Kwanzaa. What exactly happens at the solstice? And what is the strange and wonderful history of these-- and other-- symbols? Executive Director Mike Weilbacher has been writing about these symbols in his weekly newspaper columns for years, and offers a special virtual lecture on the reasons for seasonal decorations. At long last, you’ll understand why we kiss under the mistletoe.

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March 2022

11th Annual Richard L. James Lecture: The American Chestnut: Restoring the “Perfect Tree”

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

We’re kicking off our Year of Restoration with our annual lecture named in honor of our founding director. The American chestnut was once a foundational tree in Pennsylvania forests, valued for its timber, and nuts, craved by wildlife of all kinds. But it was wiped out in the blink of an ecological eye when a devastating fungal disease killed the tree in only a few decades. Happily, researchers with The American Chestnut Foundation and affiliate groups have been working hard…

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