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  • Naturaleza por dentro
    Por: Eduardo Dueñas, Lead Environmental Educator | For an English version of this blog post, see here. Siempre me encantaron los olores, colores y sabores de los dias. Yo era un nino inquieto que le gustaba levantar piedras en el patio de mi casa para ver que sorpresa me esperaba. Ese mismo nino que corria afuera […] The post Naturaleza por dentro appeared first on Schuylkill Center for Environmen...
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  • Nature from Within | Naturaleza por dentro
    By Eduardo Dueñas, Lead Environmental Educator | Para una versión en Español de este post, por favor ver aquí.  For as long as I can remember, I have always loved the scents, colors, and surprises of each day.  I was a curious child who always liked to pick up rocks in the yard of my house […] The post Nature from Within | Naturaleza por dentro appeared first on Schuylkill Center for Environmental...
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  • Red-tailed Hawks at the Franklin Institute: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway as Wildlife Habitat
    By guest contributor Christian Hunold, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Drexel University In the spring of 2012 I stumbled across a community of amateur naturalists who were drawn to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway not by the museums or the cultural events, but by a pair of red-tailed hawks nesting on a second-story window ledge of […] The post Red-tailed Hawks at the Franklin...
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  • Naturalist’s Notebook: The Missing Sponge
    By Andrew Kirkpatrick, Manager of Land Stewardship If you take a walk along Smith Run, coming up Ravine Loop below Penn’s Native Acres, the hillsides where the beeches, oaks and maples grow show signs of distress.  The structural roots of the trees are visible at the soil line when they should be tucked away cozily […] The post Naturalist’s Notebook: The Missing Sponge appeared first on Schuylkill...
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  • (Un)Natural Perspectives
    By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art Editor’s note: The Schuylkill Center produced a wall calendar for 2017 in celebration of the environmental art program. Throughout the year, we’ll run a monthly post on our blog highlighting the art works featured in that month of the calendar. Works were exported from the studio and given […] The post (Un)Natural Perspectives appeared first on ...
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  • Artist Profile: Jane Carver
    By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art Imagine the quiet of a grove of tall pine trees, the impressions of your footsteps barely audible on a cushion of pine needles, punctuated by the occasional bird or creaking limb.  Now, imagine the soundscape also includes an ethereal voice accompanied by the haunting notes of an accordion. […] The post Artist Profile: Jane Carver appeared first...
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  • Prescribing Nature in Philadelphia
    By Aaliyah Green Ross, Director of Education Dr. Chris Renjilian, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) pediatrician, sees nature and play as essential parts of his primary care practice. But he worries that his guidance isn’t always enough. NaturePHL is about to change that. With NaturePHL, pediatricians like Dr. Renjilian will be prescribing nature to children […] The post Prescribing Natur...
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  • Citizen Science: at the Schuylkill Center and Beyond
    By Guest contributor Anna Forrester Seven years ago, my partner and I became the enthusiastic owners of an abandoned farm in central Pennsylvania. The property included an early 20th century bank barn, complete with a resident colony of bats. Reports of white nose syndrome and its devastating effects on the area’s bat populations had recently […] The post Citizen Science: at the Schuylkill Center ...
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  • See, Saw, Sau… Playing with History in the Pine Grove
    Guest contributor Aaron Asis, 2017 Making in Place Artist Last month, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education launched, Making in Place, a creative collaboration featuring the work of 14 different Art in the Open artists invited to create (or update) work to be displayed within the Schuylkill Center’s art gallery and/or at choice locations throughout […] The post See, Saw, Sau… Playing w...
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  • Celebrating LGBTQ Environmental Leaders
    by Anna Lehr Mueser, Manager of Communications & Digital Strategy and Jenny Ryder, Communications Coordinator There’s been plenty of discussion, and some research, about the overlap between LGBTQ people (and activists) and environmentally conscious people (and activists). So, today we’re talking especially about environmental leadership – about people from the LGBTQ community who have stood up to ...
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  • Schuylkill Center’s Statement on the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord
    By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director SCEE visitors added their climate stories at 2016’s Naturepalooza Earth Day Festival. A big environmental shoe dropped yesterday when President Trump announced, not unexpectedly, his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.    The Schuylkill Center, along with not only the global environmental community but also, surprisingly, Secretary of […] The...
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  • Weaving Good and Bad
    By Liz Jelsomine, Environmental Art & PR Intern When you think of weeds, you probably think of unwanted, unsightly plants invading and stealing vital nutrients from your lawn or garden. While this may be true for some species, further thought about weeds brings up interesting questions. What is it about a plant that categorizes it […] The post Weaving Good and Bad appeared first on Schuylkill Cent...
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  • Nature: Fostering children’s social interactions
    By Rachel Baltuch, Nature Preschool Teacher Children Need Nature is a monthly blog column from our nature preschool program. Read more posts here. While researching the effects of unstructured play time in nature for young children, I discovered that the benefits are vast and encompass most aspects of children’s development. Play time in nature tends to affect children’s […] The post Nature: Foste...
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  • Maintenance as Art
    By Anna Lehr Mueser, Manager of Communications & Digital Strategy Every week or so one of us (usually our Director of Environmental Art or one of our art interns) heads out to Rain Yard, an interactive environmental art installation by Stacy Levy, for a regular check up. Rain Yard is designed to be education, art, […] The post Maintenance as Art appeared first on Schuylkill Center for Environmenta...
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  • Making in Place: Art in the Open exhibition
    By Anna Lehr Mueser, Manager of Communications & Digital Strategy and Liz Jelsomine, Environmental Art & PR Intern This summer 14 artists will extend the Schuylkill Center’s art gallery onto our trails, with art that explores concepts in placemaking, reused materials, and natural-unnatural sound. These works were forged as part of Art in the Open, […] The post Making in Place: Art in the Open exhi...
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  • Hollow Perspective
    By Liz Jelsomine, Environmental Art & Public Relations Intern Perched on tree stumps, floating on water, hidden in the reeds – artist Katie Murken’s painted gourds were scattered across the  land at the Schuylkill Center in 2007. Debtor’s Inheritance was created as part of Green Machine, a multi-media exhibition on our grounds. The project was […] The post Hollow Perspective appeared first on Schu...
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  • Introducing Fox Glen: a new chapter in land stewardship
    By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director Where our Grey Fox Loop and Wind Dance Pond Trail meet, just uphill from our beloved 19th-century springhouse and its pond, is a section of our forest that has been overrun with invasive plants. But on May 20 we’re turning it around, planting over 200 new trees and shrubs to […] The post Introducing Fox Glen: a new chapter in land stewardship appeared first o...
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  • Why I Marched
    By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director Today I’m writing as a neighbor and friend, and I’m writing about something personal. On Saturday, under a brutal April sun, itself both oxymoron and bad omen, my wife and I joined more than 200,000 people in Washington, D.C. for the People’s Climate March. It was an extraordinary event, witnessing […] The post Why I Marched appeared first on Schuylkill Cente...
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  • Growing from the Past
    By Liz Jelsomine, Environmental Art & Public Relations Intern Artist Gary Miller began his visual arts career by studying the traditional farming techniques of isolated southern farming homesteads, and his early work reflected the simple, unadorned functionality of their commonly used materials and homemade tools. Similar to the farms Miller studied, Brolo Hill Farm also […] The post Growing from ...
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  • Children Need Nature: Fort building as a way to connect
    By Alyssa Maley, Nature Preschool Teacher When you think back on your childhood memories what stands out to you? Perhaps it was a less complicated life where you spent most of your day playing outside, when you were not bombarded with technology at the end of your fingertips. More and more parents are actively seeking […] The post Children Need Nature: Fort building as a way to connect appeared fi...
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  • Coyotes in Roxborough? Absolutely
    By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director Early in my time here at the Schuylkill Center, a neighbor who lives close to our sweeping Upper Roxborough property gave me a call one day. It was not the phone conversation I expected. “Mike,” he said with concern in his voice. “I spotted a coyote walking down my driveway […] The post Coyotes in Roxborough? Absolutely appeared first on Schuylkill Center for...
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  • 2017 Winter Photo Contest Winners
    We loved your submissions for the 2017 Winter Photo Contest– many lovely photos of happy critters, icy plants, and dreamy landscapes came in, but we’ve managed to narrow the dozens we received down to a few winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo! Anna, Jenny and Liz weigh in on our finalists below: […] The post 2017 Winter Photo Contest Winners appeared first on Schuylkill Center for...
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  • My Path to Nature Education
    By Nicole Brin, Sycamore Classroom Lead Teacher Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Pennsylvania Land Trust Association for their series on conserved lands, like the Schuylkill Center, in communities around the state. Rows of stuffed animals- bears, bunnies, dogs, lions- all lined up in the grass of my suburban Connecticut backyard as they […] The post My Path to Nature Education ...
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  • Book Review: The Hidden Life of a Toad
    By Claire Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator Doug Wechsler’s children’s book The Hidden Life of a Toad (Charlesbridge, hardcover, 2017), released just this week, explores what happens in this mysterious process called metamorphosis – from eggs to tadpoles, tadpoles to toads. Amazing photos and descriptions walk you through this phenomenon day-by-day. Doug has witnessed the annual event of toad […] The ...
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  • A Natural Way to Start the Day
    By Donna M. Struck, Director of Finance and Administration In my eight and a half years as a staff member at the Center, I have seen a great deal of positive change.  One of my favorite changes of recent past is the addition of what we call the “Hagy’s Mill Parking Lot.” The lot’s primary […] The post A Natural Way to Start the Day appeared first on Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
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  • Combating a Natural Enemy
    By Liz Jelsomine, Environmental Art & Public Relations Intern Restoring, protecting, and preserving nature is no small task, and when that land is comprised of worn-out farmland overwhelmed with invasive species, the job becomes even more of a challenge. Artist Bill Botzow realized this when he visited the Schuylkill Center in 2002, stating, “The Center’s […] The post Combating a Natural Enemy app...
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  • For love of birds
    By Michele Wellard, Manager of Wildlife Rehabilitation Somehow, I’ve become one of only two licensed wildlife rehabilators in four counties, including Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester. How did I get here? In the late 1990s and early 2000s, living in London, England, I worked in social services. Although I loved my social services work, something […] The post For love of birds appeare...
  • Field Guide: Know Your Evergreens
    By Jenny Ryder, Environmental Art & PR Intern Enjoy our mobile field guide as you walk, hike and play in the fall forests. Wintertime has got me cherishing the bits of green left around the forest here at the Schuylkill Center. On our monthly staff walk the other day (after perhaps the last snowfall of […] The post Field Guide: Know Your Evergreens appeared first on Schuylkill Center for Environme...
  • Investigate & Create: My Experience at the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s Annual Conference
    By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art I recently had the opportunity to attend a great conference, the annual gathering of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), which this year focused on the theme of integrating the arts into environmental education. The conference occurred on February 4th, but the beginning of this […] The post Investigate & Cre...
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  • Put that phone away!
    By Damien Ruffner, School Programs Manager June 29th, 2007 changed the world forever: This is not the date of a presidential election, or the start or end of a military conflict. It’s not the day humans first traveled into space, or discovered some profound scientific theory. Think smaller, about 4 inches to be exact. It’s […] The post Put that phone away! appeared first on Schuylkill Center for E...
  • Wildlife clinic at 30: 80,000 wild animals later
    By Anna Lehr Mueser, Manager of Communications & Digital Strategy In an unassuming building on Port Royal Avenue, our Wildlife Clinic treats over 3,000 animals each year, from hundreds of baby squirrels to injured raptors like peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks. In this building life-saving treatments save opossums, mend broken wings on Canada geese, suture […] The post Wildlife clinic at 30: ...
  • Foraging for Art
    By Liz Jelsomine, Environmental Art & Public Relations Intern Editor’s note: The Schuylkill Center produced a wall calendar for 2017 in celebration of the environmental art program. Throughout the year, we’ll run a monthly post on our blog highlighting the art works featured in that month of the calendar. Calendars are still available, now 50% off […] The post Foraging for Art appeared first on Sc...

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