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Pennypack Environmental Center

 
Follow in the footsteps of the brilliant artists John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson (the fathers of American ornithology) by bird watching along Pennypack Creek. The Pennypack Environmental Center was originally dedicated as a bird sanctuary in 1958.

Today, the Center has an outdoor amphitheater, exhibits, and a reference library, along with campfire and picnic areas. Learn more about the various school, public and camp programs at the Pennypack Environmental Center by clicking one (or more) of the links below.
  • Download Pennypack Environmental Center's Map & Visitor's Guide (PDF) to help plan your visit to the center
  • Check out our Public Program Calendar (PDF) for this season. We offer a wide variety of programs, including Science for Seniors, Mommy and Me Nature, Morning Bird Walks, and seasonal campfires.
  • Learn about the Pennypack Environmental Center Teen Advisory Council. Our mission is to allow members 13-18 the opportunity to work alongside PPR staff to plan social and recreational programs for teens and families, and to assist with special events and community service projects.
  • Download "Enbodying Thoreau: Dwelling, Sitting, Watching". Together these structures explore the study and enjoyment of the natural world, as well as the relationship between nature and culture. Elements of the project include Thoreau's Hut, which has the same dimensions as Henry David Thoreau's famous hut at Walden Pond; benches, which provide a location for people to sit together in nature; and Bird Blind, a wildlife observation structure that resembles a woven nest and was created by artist Ed Levine, in partnership with the Association for Public Art and the Pennypack Environmental Center Advisory Council.

Current Programs

PEC Nature Camp

Campers ages 8-12 years can join us for one week of summer camp, to enjoy fishing, hiking, crafts, campfire cooking, and so much more. This program runs from 9am to 3pm. Please contact the center for more information.

PEC Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is a wonderful outdoor activity where children can come explore, investigate, and enjoy the parks through discovery and adventure. This program is a series of 4 Thursdays from 1-3pm during the summer, which includes a craft, snack, games, and a hike for boys and girls city-wide, ages 5-7. $5 per camper per day. Registration is required and space is limited.

PEC Junior Naturalist

The Junior Naturalist Program is a wonderful outdoor activity where children can come explore, investigate and enjoy the parks through discovery and adventure. This program is a series of four Tuesdays from 1-3pm during the summer, which includes a craft, snack, games, and a hike for boys and girls city-wide, ages 8-12. $5 per camper per day.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Contact Information

Contact Info: 
Tel 215-685-0470
Fax 215-685-0469

Location:
Pennypack Environmental Center
8600A Verree Road
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., except major holidays
Trails open from dawn to dusk