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Environmental Education

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation provides many opportunities to learn about our environment, its inhabitants, and what we can do to protect them.

Below you'll see the many ways to get involved with our environmental education efforts.

Environmental Education Centers

Visit one of our Environmental Education Centers--Pennypack Environmental Center, Wissahickon Environmental Center, Cobbs Creek Environmental Center -- or visit Fox Chase Farm. Come as an individual, family, school or other group to enjoy all of the wonderful educational and natural beauty offered at each location.

Summer Camps

Wissahickon Environmental Center is offering outdoor day camp programs for children ages 6-14. Held in the beautiful Wissahickon Valley, children can attend one week of nature camp from 9am – 3 pm. Space is limited. Registration begins March 1, 2015. 

School/Group Programs

Take a class field trip to one of our Environmental Education Centers where we can create and implement curricula that address environmental education goals, both locally and nationally. 

Public Programs

Learn through our intimate public programs such as birding workshops, meadow walks, full moon hikes and winter tree identification.
Have fun at our week-long summer camp adventures for groups and individuals in either Pennypack Park or Wissahickon Valley Park.
Develop team building, problem solving, self-esteem and cooperation skills through program participation.

Environmental Activities

Get on-site field experiences investigating natural cycles, forest ecology, environmental issues, animal adaptations, watersheds and more.
Be a part of volunteer, restoration and service-learning opportunities that benefit our environment. You'll help remove invasive plants, maintain trails and stabilize streambanks. By learning and doing, you'll better understand how we impact our environment and how our environment impacts our quality of life.


Make a date to attend one of our large public festivals, which include Sheep Shearing, Maple Sugaring, and Apple Fest. Visit our calendar of events to see what's going on in your area.


For more information about the environmental education centers and programs contact:
Katie Wimsey
Outdoor Experiences Coordinaor