Pennsylvania

Wissahickon Environmental Center

Nicknamed the “Tree House” for a sycamore tree that grew through the environmental center’s farmhouse front porch, the Wissahickon Environmental Center features miles of trails, a 200-gallon fish aquarium, and a variety of educational programs on its 1,800-acre site. Groups will enjoy learning about topics such as watersheds, forest ecology, creeks, native wildlife, and more. Seasonal programs include apple cidering in October and maple sugaring in February. Don’t forget to check out the floor-to-ceiling mural depicting wildlife native to the area. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 300 W. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-685-9285. Email: patricia.fries@phila.gov. Website: www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/environmentaleducation. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 9AM-4PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-8th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free/Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Science.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science, Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue