Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

 
Give your students, scouts, and homeschoolers a vibrant context for STEM learning with hands-on exploration and observation of nature at the Schuylkill Center. Our 340 acres of fields, forests, and ponds are a living laboratory for groups of all ages. Since 1965, hundreds of thousands of students have benefited from our field-tested educational programs. Your group can learn through exploration, science, and art. Can’t make it to our center? We offer a wide range of in-school programs that address environmental topics, as well as the opportunity for up close interaction with animals from our wildlife clinic. 
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19128. Philadelphia County.
 
Tel: 215-482-7300.
  
 
Hrs: Mon.–Sat. 9AM–5PM.
 
SCHOOLS
Students will have the opportunity to explore nature with hands-on field studies at Schuylkill Center. Programs focus on topics in environmental science such as animal habitats, the functions of wetlands, natural selection, the life cycle of trees, and more. Activities include nature hikes, examining stream critters under microscopes, conducting pollution experiments, and making art using natural materials. Learn more about educational programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Beatrice Kelly, Education Assistant and Registrar, 215-482-7300 ext. 110.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th.
 
Group Size: 10-50.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Environmental Studies.
Topics Covered: Environmental science, biodiversity, natural selection, wetlands, ecosystems, animal adaptations, water quality, life cycles, plants, pond ecology, habitats, insects.
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can enjoy a variety of programs while working on Hiking badges. Night hikes on the center’s trails allow scouts to explore habitats with flashlights or by moonlight. Scouts can also enjoy campfires and participate in service learning projects. Learn more about scout programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Emily Harkness, 215-482-7300 ext. 122, emily@schuylkillcenter.org
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th.
 
Group Size: 10-50.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Environmental Science. 
Topics Covered: Environmental education, biodiversity, natural selection, wetlands, ecosystems, animal adaptations, water quality, life cycles, plants, pond ecology, habitats, insects.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups will explore topics such as pond ecosystems, animal habitats, insect behaviors, wetlands, and the life cycle of trees. Field studies allow homeschoolers to learn about the methods scientists use to measure things like biodiversity, water quality, and much more. Learn more about educational programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Beatrice Kelly, Education Assistant and Registrar, 215-482-7300 ext. 110.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th.
 
Group Size: 10-50.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Topics Covered: Environmental education, biodiversity, natural selection, wetlands, ecosystems, animal adaptations, water quality, life cycles, plants, pond ecology, habitats, insects.
 
OUTREACH
Schuylkill Center’s Wildlife Programs bring animals from the wildlife clinic to your school, scout meeting, and other community organizations. Presentations feature birds, mammals, reptiles, owls, and more. Samples of bones, skulls, feathers, and furs are also included. Fun hands-on activities address environmental topics and provide an opportunity for up-close interaction with the animals. Learn more about Wildlife Programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: 215-482-7300 ext. 110, scee@schuylkillcenter.org.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12th.
 
Group Size: Maximum 30.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Topics Covered: Environmental science, animal adaptations, herpetology, animal endangerment, animal diets, animal survival.
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Watershed Education Workshop, provided by the PA Bureau of State Parks, allows 6-12th grade teachers to discover new ways to teach students about natural resources. Educators will receive the Bureau of State Parks Watershed Education curriculum and additional resource materials, as well as access to communication opportunities among schools through a database and student conferences. Learn more
 
Contact Info
Contact: 215-482-7300 ext. 110.
 
Trip Info
Cost: Free.
 
Topics Covered: Environmental studies, science, ecology, watersheds, natural resources, data collection, data analysis, stewardship.

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