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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, a new 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 "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. Created by artist Ed Levine, in partnership with the Association for Public Art and the Pennypack Environmental Center Advisory Council.

Come and take in the beauty of Pennypack Park and explore our environmental center at our Open House on the first Saturday of each month!

Contact Information

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

Pennypack Environmental Center
8600A Verree Road
Philadelphia, PA 19115

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