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February 2020

Owl Prowl SOLD OUT

February 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$5 – $10

We’ll learn all about their fascinating characteristics before going on a hike to listen and look for signs of these exceptional hunters.

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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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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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October 2020

Halloween Hikes – SOLD OUT

October 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$15

FRIDAY NIGHT IS SOLD OUT Calling all animal detectives! An animal has been causing a ruckus at the nature center, but which one: the raccoon, the fox, or the owl? Our longest-running and most treasured annual festival is back, with a safer twist. Hike along magical mystery-filled trails, collecting clues and examining suspects to help us crack the case. Before or after your hike, enjoy nature-inspired crafts and activities, a meet-and-greet with friendly nocturnal animals, and a ghostly scavenger hunt.…

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Halloween Hikes – SOLD OUT

October 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$15

SATURDAY NIGHT IS SOLD OUT Calling all animal detectives! An animal has been causing a ruckus at the nature center, but which one: the raccoon, the fox, or the owl? Our longest-running and most treasured annual festival is back, with a safer twist. Hike along magical mystery-filled trails, collecting clues and examining suspects to help us crack the case. Before or after your hike, enjoy nature-inspired crafts and activities, a meet-and-greet with friendly nocturnal animals, and a ghostly scavenger hunt.…

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November 2020

Fall Night Hike – SOLD OUT

November 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10

Take a walk under the light of the moon as we listen for the nocturnal animals, gaze at the craters and seas of the moon through a telescope, and use specialized UV-flashlights to see the forest in a whole new way. Space is limited; registration is required. Masks are required and temperature checks will be conducted prior to the start of each program. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. $5 members; $10 non-members    

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April 2021

Mushrooms and Moths by Moonlight

April 30, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
Free

Join us for an evening centered on nocturnal biodiversity for this year's City Nature Challenge! We'll search for biofluorescent fungi, lichens, and insects as we make our way through dense areas of the forest. Along the way we will also listen for nocturnal birds, reptiles, and amphibians to record and identify using iNaturalist. Once we return to the center, we'll check our moth tent to hopefully see a great diversity of night time pollinators stopping by to say hello. The…

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May 2021

Spring Night Hike

May 7, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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October 2021

Watershed Walk

October 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

Did you know that the Delaware River Watershed covers over 12,000 miles and provides drinking water to over 15 million people? Pick up a kit and take a self-guided, one-mile hike along our trails, stopping at various staffed activity tables along the way. This event is part of River Days in collaboration with the Alliance for Watershed Education. Event is free but registration is required.

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Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States

From the colorful autumn leaves to the fresh snow of winter to the budding flowers of spring and summer, discover the beauty and wonder along our trails in every season through this FREE weekly self-guided program. Pick up a nature exploration kit at our Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family 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…

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November 2021

Reconnection – A Healing Hike

November 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$5 – $10

How can nature help us heal? We welcome members of the African-American community to join us for a hike along the Schuylkill Center’s trails towards our new art installation and sanctuary, Al Mudhif. The walk will be followed by a tea ceremony, meditative stretching and breathing exercises, allowing us to harness the power of nature to heal ourselves from traumas that are unique to the Black experience. This hike is about one mile long on unpaved trails. Space is limited;…

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Full Moon Hike

November 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$5 – $10

Take a walk under the light of the moon as we listen for the nocturnal animals, gaze at the craters and seas of the moon through a telescope, and use specialized UV-flashlights to see the forest in a whole new way. Space is limited to 20; registration is required. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

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February 2022

Owl Prowl

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

Mysterious and silent, owls have intrigued people for generations with their elusive nature, hunting prowess, and physical beauty. Although these nocturnal creatures are rarely seen, with careful attention, traces of them can be found throughout Pennsylvania forests and fields. We’ll learn all about their fascinating characteristics before going on a hike to listen and look for signs of these exceptional hunters. The beginning portion of the program will be held inside where masks will be required regardless of vaccination status.…

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March 2022

Family Full Moon Hike

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

Take a walk under the light of the moon as we uncover the unique adaptations that allow nocturnal animals to find mates, escape predators, and catch prey. Through fun games and interactive challenges, we’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the creatures that thrive in the stillness and darkness of the forest at night. This program is best suited for families with children between the ages of 4-12 years old. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required. Please…

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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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Tree ID Hike

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

Bare forests and trees void of their characteristic leaves, flowers, and seeds can make winter a challenging time for tree identification, even for the most experienced of naturalists. Join environmental educator Sam Bucciarelli to learn tips and tricks to help with your winter tree identification skills. Examine bark, buds, and tree shapes as we walk along our trails, learning to recognize trees based on these traits alone. Program will be entirely outside so please dress for the weather and wear…

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April 2022

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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May 2022

Spring Wildflower Walk – CANCELED

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
$10 – $20

If “the earth laughs in flowers,” as wrote Emerson, then this walk will leave you guffawing as we visit stands of trout lily, trillium, shooting star, Virginia bluebells, cohosh, and more. In an annual tradition, Executive Director Mike Weilbacher takes you down the Ravine Loop to visit these ephemeral beauties and share the extraordinary life stories. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required. This event is canceled due to weather and low enrollment.

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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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