Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) PA Location

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. CBF offers many one-day and residential opportunities for students in PA, MD, VA, and DC to get outside and learn about the wonders of the Bay region. Address: 1426 North 3rd Street, Suite 220, Harrisburg, PA 17102. Tel: 800-445-5572. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Bookamer Family Farm

7868 Dutch Hill Rd., Meadville, PA 16335. 814-425-3450. A dairy “Circle Farm” where students learn the ecosystem balances between nature, animals, and people. Fee.

Briar Bush Nature Center

1212 Edge Hill Rd., Abington, PA 19001. 215-887-6603 ext. 17. Visit the 12-acre sanctuary at Briar Bush Nature Center for a day of nature activities. Take a guided seasonal nature hike, which focuses on topics such as insects, birds, plants, habitats, animal signs, and more. Fee.

Carbon County Environmental Education Center

151 E. White Bear Dr., Summit Hill, PA 18250. 570-645-8597. Enjoy nature trails, bird-feeding, butterflies, a waterfowl observatory, and even a Birds of Prey exhibit. The Center offers school programs, allowing classes to learn about plants and decomposition, animal signs and behaviors, and more while meeting live animals. Fee.

Churchville Nature Center

501 Churchville Ln., Churchville, PA 18966. 215-357-4005. Includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits, and indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas. Fee/Free.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

Located in a historic horse stable, the environmental education center features an outdoor amphitheater, three demonstration gardens, a meadow, and three trails. 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19143. 215-685-1900. Cost: Free/Fee.

Eden Hall Campus at Chatham University

Activities include conducting geological surveys, using scientific data and engineering design documents to explain how solar energy systems work, and more. 6035 Ridge Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Tel: 412-365-1600. Cost: Fee.

Endless Mountains Nature Center

280 Vosburg Rd., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. 570-836-3835. Offers indoor and outdoor programs and field studies on a range of environmental issues, including seeding, plants, and animals. Fee.

Florence Shelly Preserve

Rte. 171, Thompson, PA 18465. 570-727-3362. 300 acres of fields, woodlands, a stream, and a glacial pond surrounded by a floating bog. Free.

Honey Hollow Environment Education Center

Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope, PA 18938. 215-297-5880. Nature trails, exhibits and a bird blind. Mon.-Fri. 9AM-4PM. Fee.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, PA 18080. 610-760-8889. Exhibits and programs focus on the habitats present at Lehigh Gap and conservation. Fee/Free.

McKeever Environmental Learning Center

55 McKeever Ln., Sandy Lake, PA 16145. 724-376-1000. The McKeever Environmental Learning Center is folded into a natural wooded setting about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania near Sandy Lake, Mercer County. Hours: Daily 8AM-4:30PM. Fee.

Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art

176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, PA 1706. 717-692-3699. Named after wildlife artist Ned Smith, the gallery features portraits from contemporary artists across the region. Connecting people through education of the arts. Fee.

Peace Valley Nature Center

170 North Chapman Rd., Doylestown, PA 18901. 215-345-7860. Offers hands-on ecology programs and 14 miles of nature trails in the woods and meadows. Fee.

Pennypack Environmental Center

8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19115. 215-685-0470. Once a dedicated bird sanctuary, today the Pennypack Environmental Center has an outdoor amphitheater, exhibits, a new reference library, along with campfire and picnic areas. Fee/Free.

Pennypack Farm Education Center

TFEC at the Highlands 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington 19034. Contact Diane. 215-837-3120. Programs cover the importance of local farming and the nature/food connection. Fee.

Pool Wildlife Sanctuary

3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049. 610-965-4397. Located on 77.5 acres along the banks of the Little Lehigh Creek with nature trails, arboretum, and menagerie. Suggested Donation.

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

3400 Discovery Rd., Petersburg, PA 16669. 814-863-2000. Visit the more than 20 hawks, eagles, and falcons cared for at the center. View light-up constellations, touch natural objects, and meet reptiles and amphibians. Afterwards, hike the trails that wind through 7,000 acres of woods and hillsides (maps available). Fee.

Silver Lake Nature Center

1306 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. 215-785-1177. Offers a butterfly sanctuary, six different habitats with unique animal and plant species, and hiking trails. Free.