Get outdoors and stay active this month! Parks & Rec and our partners are hosting events where you can:

  • Hike through the woods while looking for wildlife.  
  • Learn about and count birds.
  • Go rock climbing.

Please note: events may be canceled or postponed due to bad weather. Be sure to check the links below to confirm date, time, and location.


Take a Hike on the Trolley Trail  

December 1, 2023
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chamounix Mansion–3250 Chamounix Drive, 19131. 

Go on a guided hike to learn about the Trolley Trail. Explore massive stone tunnels and bridge abutments. Learn more and get tickets.  

Indoor Rock Climbing  

December 2, 2023
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Discovery Center–3401 Reservoir Drive, 19121.

Rock climbing is fun for adults and children (ages 8 and up). Organized by the Discovery Center. Learn more and register.  

Walk with Me  

December 8, 2023
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Tacony Creek Park–East Tabor Road and East Olney Avenue Gateway, 19120 

Calling all walkers. Enjoy a stroll in the park. All ages and abilities welcome. Learn more and register for this free event. Organized by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. Learn more and register for this free event.   

Intro to Birding   

December 9, 2023
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Discovery Center–3401 Reservoir Drive, 19121.   

Do you want to learn about birding? Birder Damien Ruffner will teach you the basics of birding. Sign up for one of two free workshops. Learn more and register on the Discovery Center’s website.    

Wildlife Walk: Bird Count Preview and Practice 

December 14, 2023
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center8600a Verree Road, 19115.  

Explore the nature sanctuary. Search for signs of wildlife. Come learn about the Christmas Bird Count. You will learn how to identify birds and count them. No experience is necessary. Visit Facebook for more details.  

Christmas Bird Count  

December 16, 2023
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center–8600A Verree Road, 19115.  

Pennypack Environmental Center seeks volunteers for its annual Christmas Bird Count. Learn more and register on Eventbrite. 

Silent Sunset Cruise with Amy Yuter

December 17, 2023
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Valley Green Inn-Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, 19128.

Come connect with nature. Enjoy a mindful and silent hike. Watch the sunset and share your thoughts. This event is organized by the Friends of the Wissahickon. See more details on their website. 

Winter Solstice in the Wissahickon

December 21, 2023
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Houston Meadow-900 Grakyn Lane, 19128.

Organized by the Friends of the Wissahickon. Come celebrate the Winter Solstice. Hike the Houston Meadow loop. Learn facts about the solstice and Wissahickon Valley Park.
Register for this event. 

Winter Solstice Birding Walk

December 22, 2023
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Woodlands-4000 Woodland Avenue, 19104.

Enjoy a Winter Solstice Bird Walk. Learn about winter finches and other species in the area. This free event is organized by our partner The Woodlands. See more details about the bird walk on their website. 

Reindeer Romp 

December 25, 2023
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Valley Green Inn– Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, 19128.

Celebrate Christmas with a walk in the woods. Enjoy the beautiful views from the trails and get some exercise. Organized by the Friends of the Wissahickon. Register for this free event. 


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