Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Andrew Kirkpatrick, Manager of Land Stewardship An excerpt from this piece was published in our winter newsletter in December 2018. Now that leaves are falling, the giants are revealing themselves in the forest. No, not the fairy tale variety—the trees. Walking the Schuylkill Center’s trails in the summer months, they remain mostly hidden from […] The post Naturalist’s Notebook: Giants of the F...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation Rick Schubert examines a pileated woodpecker. By Amy Whisenhunt, Assistant Director of Individual Giving Being the only wildlife rehabilitation hospital around Philadelphia means the Wildlife Clinic at the Schuylkill Center stays very busy. This past year set a record for intakes with over 4,000 orphaned and injured animals treated—that comes out to an […] The p...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac Water is essential, both to our planet and to our programming. School groups search for living creatures in our ponds while Nature Preschoolers stomp through puddles and play in the mud kitchen. Summer campers hike […] The post 2018 is the Year of Water appeared first on S...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Alyssa Maley, Lead Preschool Teacher Children Need Nature is a monthly blog column from our Nature Preschool program. Read more posts here. I remember the moment during my childhood when I developed a bond with my favorite climbing tree on my front lawn—a Japanese maple. This tree was particularly challenging because it did not have lower branches. I had […] The post Children Need Nature: The A...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art and Liz Jelsomine, Exhibitions Coordinator 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. Rain Yard is […] The post Rain Yard through the years appea...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Nicole Brin, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education Children Need Nature is a monthly blog column from our Nature Preschool program. Read more posts here. The inaugural Kindergarten class here at Nature Preschool is deep into its third month of school. If you walk into the classroom you will notice the book corner, art studio, block area, science and math […] The post Children Need Nat...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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Elemental powers

  • By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art and Liz Jelsomine, Exhibitions Coordinator 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. “I imagine a […] The post Elemental powers appeared first o...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director On Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm, the Schuylkill Center presents our highest honor, the Henry Meigs Award for Environmental Leadership, to an old friend and Roxborough neighbor, Kay Sykora. Founder of the incredibly successful Manayunk Development Corporation in the early 1980s, Kay has over the last 30 years pioneered and […] The post Roxborough’s Kay Sykora...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Damien Ruffner, School Programs Manager In February of 2017 the Schuylkill Center entered a partnership with ESCC, or the Extended School Day Center. A vital program in Norristown, Pennsylvania that provides before-care and after-care for the youth in eight elementary schools in Norristown. Our partnership allows education staff to work with two of these […] The post The Norristown Program: Men...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director  Across the country, debate is raging on a wide number of increasingly political issues: health care reform, immigration, foreign policy, nuclear deterrence, the role of social media in politics, energy policy, public lands, climate change, and endlessly on and on.  The stakes in these arguments only rise by the minute […] The post At the Schuylkill Center, #...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art Even though I haven’t myself had a first day of school for a few years, in the fall, I still get a back-to-school-esque twinge of anticipation.  In this season, you can feel something new coming in the air – something to be learned, something to gear up for […] The post LandLab: Introducing our artists in residence appeared first on Schuylkill C...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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.  The Schuylkill Center asked six artists from the […] The post A playground for artists, Part II appea...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • by Aaron Asis, Making in Place artist Back in May, Sau Pines was created to celebrate the spirit of the Pine Grove — as part of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s Making in Place exhibition — which featured the work of 14 different Art in the Open artists.   The installation itself consisted of a series of […] The post Playing with place: Looking back on Sau Pines appeared first o...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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Shadows in the Forest

  • 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. Marisha Simons attempted to catalog human impact upon […] The post Shadows in the Forest appeared firs...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • By Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art Most people know that we rely on plants for the food we eat and the air we breathe, but the interconnections between plants and people actually go much deeper and are more nuanced. Scientists continue to discover the complexities of how plants take in and respond to information, […] The post Plants and People Connect through Art appeared first o...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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Redefining School

  • by Nicole Brin, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education Preface: The past 7 years teaching young children have taught me more about myself, our education system, and human nature as a whole than I could ever have imagined when starting out. The most recent 4 years spent teaching with the Schuylkill Center Nature Preschool have broadened my […] The post Redefining School appeared first on S...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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. Part of the Schuylkill Center’s mission is to […] The post A playground for artists, Part I appeared f...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Blog Post
  • 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 ...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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 ...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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 ...

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
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  • 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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