Wissahickon Environmental Center

Located at the northern end of Wissahickon Valley Park, the Wissahickon Environmental Center is also known as the "Tree House," named for the giant sycamore tree that once grew through the porch of this charming century-old farmhouse.  Explore hiking trails, and visit the Education Center to learn about the park and check out the large native fish aquarium and life-like floor-to-ceiling mural depicting wildlife in the area. Groups can customize an environmental education field trip, or take a guided hike. Seasonal activities, like maple sugaring, are also available on select weekends. 

Contact Info:
Address: 300 West Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-685-9285. Web: Email: Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 9AM-3PM.

Trip Info:
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee/Free. 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental 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