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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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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

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

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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In Color Birding

March 19 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Spot nature’s feathered species along our trails with Philadelphia-based In Color Birding Club. Offered alongside the gallery exhibition LESS IS MORE: The Nature of Letting Go, this outing will begin with a grounding in community and include periods of silence for reflection as well as joyful interactions with nature, birds, and each other. The outing is specifically for the BIPOC community. All access needs will be accommodated; please let us know. As space is limited to 40 participants, registration is…

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Thursday Night L!VE: Restoring Redknots, Horseshoe Crabs, and the Delaware Bay

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

In an extraordinary confluence of ecological timing, each May thousands of red knots, a small migratory sandpiper, land on Delaware Bay beaches, a key stopover on their 10,000-mile trip from South America to nesting sites in the Arctic circle. Famished and exhausted, knots arrive just when horseshoe crabs have hauled themselves onto those same beaches to lay their eggs, billions of fat-rich BB-sized eggs giving knots the energy they need to finish the trip. But in recent decades, knot populations…

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April 2022

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Thursday Night L!VE: Snakes, Turtles, and Toads, Oh My! Philadelphia’s Reptiles and Amphibians

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

Don't panic, but snakes, salamanders, frogs, toads, and turtles are all around you, even in Philly's most urbanized areas. Join naturalist, writer, and herper Billy Brown to learn about our city’s reptiles and amphibians. From the tiny red-backed salamander to the huge and prehistoric snapping turtle, the quiet box turtle to the trilling American toad, Billy shares how these surprisingly common animals live, how to find them, and-- so important-- how to be a good neighbor. Event is online; please…

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Thursday Night L!VE: Bicycling with Butterflies

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

Author, educator, and adventurer Sara Dykman biked the entire route of the migrating monarch butterfly, pedaling 10,201 miles from Mexico to Canada and back on an old mountain bike weighed down with all the supplies she’d need for nine months on the road. The first person to bike the monarch’s migration route-- and a committed “butterbiker”-- Sara joins us to share her adventures and the monarch’s epic story. Her book, Bicycling with Butterflies, part science and part memoir, is on…

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Art Opening Companions

April 16 @ 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 the new interactive art exhibition and installation “Companions - mas masarap magkasama'' at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education with a foraging walk, Filipino folk music and conversation with the artists. This opening reception includes a new gallery exhibition and outdoor installation created by Maria Dumlao and Bahay215 (Nicky Uy and Omar Buenaventura). In a series of interactive photographs and a site-specific installation—inspired by bahay kubo structures in the Philippines—the exhibition explores and ushers in dialogue…

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Thursday Night L!VE: Earth Day Live

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online/Virtual
Free

The tradition continues as we celebrate Earth Day in a lively virtual event featuring very special guests and a countdown of the top 10 environmental movies of all time. Co-hosted by Mike Weilbacher and Aaliyah Green Ross, environmental historian Adam Rose discusses “The Genius of Earth Day,” his recent book, Sam Bucciarelli offers edible wild natives to plant in your garden, and wildlife clinic director Chris Strub and Bird Safe Philly’s Leigh Altadonna explain an innovative program to make the…

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Naturepalooza

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Billy Jonas Band performing at 11 & 1 Aquamarooned! card game Our signature Earth Day event returns with live music, activity tables, nature hikes, food trucks, and more, all centered around our Year of Restoration. As the Billy Jonas Band performs their energetic percussive music on recycled and found objects, engage in a participatory art project and help us unveil the new Restoration Station Loop, a self-guided educational hike along our trails. Registration is required. Rain date will be Sunday,…

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Thursday Night L!VE: Restoration Roundtable: A Town Meeting

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

So many environmental groups are working so hard to restore our forests, meadows and wetlands, but climate change, invasive nonnatives, and those darn deer, not to mention new threats like lantern flies, conspire to undo all this hard, necessary work. What do we do? What's the path forward? Join some of the region’s top restoration specialists in a lively conversation about a critical issue, restoring native habitats. Guests include Gary Gilbert of Natural Lands, the Schuylkill Center’s Steve Goin, Steve…

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Nature Hike using iNaturalist

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Become a community scientist as we hike through the forest to identify plants, birds, insects, and more. Start out by learning how to use iNaturalist, an app that uses community observations as a way to help scientists better understand species’ populations. Then hit the trails on a guided hike as we chart what we see and learn about the plant, animal, and fungal species that call our forest home. Program is best suited for preteens, teens, and adults. Participants should…

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

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

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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May 2022

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails to complete the activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10:00-12:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Explorer kits have activities in them that are meant to be done along our trails and then returned when finished. All…

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Spring Fungi Hike with the Philadelphia Mycology Club

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

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 fungi. Hike along our Ravine Loop as we learn how to identify common fungi and discover what makes each so unique. Hike route is roughly two miles in length with hills and some rocky, uneven terrain. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Space is limited to 25 participants. Donations are appreciated. Registration is required.

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