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Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Protecting over 10,200 acres of public land and waterways, and managing hundreds of recreation, environmental, and cultural centers.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

What we do

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation connects the city’s residents to the natural world, each other, and fun things to do and see.

Our dedicated staff help manage:

  • Parks, rec centers, playgrounds, and pools.
  • Permits for picnics, sports fields, and important venues.
  • Creative and inclusive programs.
  • Signature city events and important historic and cultural sites.
  • Trees in parks and along the public right of way.
  • Capital and natural lands projects.
  • Recreation paths, trails, and boat launches.
  • Community gardens, farms, and orchards.
  • Special venues such as:
    • Environmental education centers.
    • The Dell Music Center.
    • Ice skating rinks and golf courses.

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1515 Arch Street
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Feb
    20
    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    February 20, 2024
    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
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    Come create a painting or drawing for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Junior Duck Stamp contest! Ages 6 to 18 are eligible. Entries must be based on an actual animal. Learn about waterfowl in the process. Nervous about drawing? Staff member teaching the contest has an art background and will guide you! Note: You will need 2 or 3 sessions to complete your work. Works will be judged by grade level in March at John Heinz NWR. Prizes are awarded for many categories. https://www.facebook.com/events/1534192730700654/?event_time_id=1534192740700653
  • Feb
    20
    Jr. Duck Stamp Contest (Afterschool Art)
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Jr. Duck Stamp Contest (Afterschool Art)

    February 20, 2024
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    T Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 This is a drop off only, partly outdoor program. Registration required at https://forms.gle/Vj3gXt1ED8qv6EvC9 Youth K-12th grade are welcome to join us afterschool for four Tuesdays in February (2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27) to study ducks and other waterfowl, learn various art techniques, and create a masterpiece showcasing their favorite duck and their original that will be entered for prizes and a chance to move on to the national contest. Youth are not required to attend all sessions; however, each session will build on previously learned skills. Youth K-12. Free. Intro To Ducks & Other Water Fowl | Feb 6 Youth will hike to creek to observe ducks and geese in their natural habitat to get an idea of their size, shape, movement, surroundings, etc. We will also dive deeper into the species that call PA home that we see less often in Pennypack but may see in other parts of the city or state. Youth will choose which duck they will focus on from the approved contest list at this session. Intro To Media & Techniques | Feb 13 Youth will experiment with a variety of media and techniques to find which they will use for their masterpiece. In this session they will also learn more about different art forms, naturalism in art, and the contest expectations. At this point youth will decide if their art will follow the contest rules for entry, or if they will be taking their art in a different direction than the contest. Youth are not required to enter or create art in a manner to which the rules state, but these classes will be focused on creating. Open Studio | Feb 20 & 27 Youth will work on their art independently with support from educators when needed. Federal Duck Stamp Contest https://www.fws.gov/program/junior-duck-stamp/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information Parking is available at the center with additional street parking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven. This is an all-weather, outdoor program. Please dress for the weather and hiking. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Pennypack Environmental Center and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program. City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information at phila.gov. TICK CHECK upon return and every day after nature play. Questions? Contact us at pec@phila.gov or 215.685.0470 https://www.facebook.com/events/219673001193708/?event_time_id=219673017860373
  • Feb
    22
    Maple Sugaring! Home School Program No. 2
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Maple Sugaring! Home School Program No. 2

    February 22, 2024
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
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    Join us to tap a maple tree and explore the process of creating maple syrup and sugar. This popular program will be repeated 2x. https://www.facebook.com/events/351759054222750/

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