To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, all Parks & Rec activities are canceled until further notice.

Looking for something to do? Check out the Parks & Rec @ Home virtual programs. Our staff have created videos on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Sports and movement.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Life skills.
  • Community spotlights.

Fall is a great time to visit Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s parks. Did you know that three of our largest parks are also home to environmental education centers?

These centers are a great place to connect with nature, year-round. The centers’ dedicated staff offer programs designed to educate, entertain, and help you stay fit.

This fall, our centers are hosting a variety of socially-distant, outdoor programs. There’s something for everyone—from the young to the young-at-heart.

Check out these upcoming highlights (click on the program title for more details):

  • First Nation LessonsLearn about our area’s first residents: the Lenape people. This series explores Lenape culture. You’ll also learn how the Lenape lived with the forest. We’ll look for plants they used for food and medicine. We’ll also see some of the tools they used and play several Lenape games. Best for grade 2 and up. Free.
  • OrientingLearn to use a compass and read a map to find your way through our forest and meadow trails. This program is for students in grade 4 and up. Free.

View all the upcoming programs at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center.
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Mosaic-making at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center.

Pennypack Environmental Center

8600a Verree Road, 19115

  • Fitness HikeNo time for the gym? Hit the trails instead and enjoy some beautiful scenery. This free program is for adults. Those with young children are welcome to join us with strollers or carriers. No walking toddlers, please. The Pennypack Environmental Center also hosts Outdoor Yoga and TaiChi & QiGong classes. Suggested donation.
  • Natural Crafts Family Program—Join us at our picnic area as we make natural ornaments to decorate the house this winter. Registration required. Suggested donation.
  • Night Hike—Join us for a night hike thru the nature sanctuary in search of wildlife. Free.
  • Science for SeniorsJoin us for an easy-paced program designed for adults 50 and older. Free.

View all the upcoming programs at Pennypack Environmental Center.
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Drawing outdoors at Pennypack Environmental Center.
  • Candle Dipping—Candles play a big role in many of the winter holidays. Make your own candles to use during this darker season. Or give them away as a gift in the spirit of the season! Fee.
  • Kids Explore OfflineReady for your kids to just be kids in the woods? This tour is led by our staff, equipped with a few Band-Aids. The kids will climb over fallen trees, scramble over rocks, run through a field, play in the leaves, and much more! Fee.
  • Morning Bird Walks with MartinJoin local birder Martin Selzer to observe birds wintering in the park. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will last about 2 hours. Tour will visit Forbidden Drive and Andorra and Harper’s Meadows. Pre-registration is requested. Free.

View all the upcoming programs at Wissahickon Environmental Center.
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Fabric dyeing with natural materials at Wissahickon Environmental Center.

Safety notes

To ensure the health and safety of staff and participants:
  • Mask must be worn at all times.
  • Space is limited.
  • Some programs require pre-registration.

Our map-based Finder app provides program details including schedules, registration, and contact information.