Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

A 134-acre setting of wildflowers, plants, woodlands, meadows, and a pond. A group tour of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is an ideal way for your campers to explore nature. Tours will be geared to the interest of your group. 1635 River Rd., New Hope PA 18938. Bucks County. Tel: 215-862-2924. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Churchville Nature Center

501 Churchville Ln., Churchville, PA 18966. 215-357-4005. Includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits, and indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas. Fee/Free.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

Located in a historic horse stable, the environmental education center features an outdoor amphitheater, three demonstration gardens, a meadow, and three trails. 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19143. 215-685-1900. Cost: Free/Fee.

Endless Mountains Nature Center

280 Vosburg Rd., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. 570-836-3835. Offers indoor and outdoor programs and field studies on a range of environmental issues, including seeding, plants, and animals. Fee.

Florence Shelly Preserve

Rte. 171, Thompson, PA 18465. 570-727-3362. 300 acres of fields, woodlands, a stream, and a glacial pond surrounded by a floating bog. Free.

Honey Hollow Environment Education Center

Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope, PA 18938. 215-297-5880. Nature trails, exhibits and a bird blind. Mon.-Fri. 9AM-4PM. Fee.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Visit the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, located at the first place Audubon lived in the United States. The center showcases many of Audubon’s works, including a double-elephant folio version of Birds of America. 1201 Pawlings Rd, Audubon, PA 19403. Montgomery County. Tel: 610-666-5593. Cost: Fee.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, PA 18080. 610-760-8889. Exhibits and programs focus on the habitats present at Lehigh Gap and conservation. Fee/Free.

Linsly School Outdoor Center

2425 Rte. 168, Georgetown, PA 15043. 724-899-2100. Has an abundance of habitats that bring natural science to life and offers a ropes course. Fee.

Longwood Gardens

U.S. Rte. 1, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348. 610-388-1000. 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. Fee.

Marywood University Arboretum

2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509. 570-961-4788. 42 species and 103 varieties of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennial, biennial, and annual blooms. Free.

Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art

176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, PA 1706. 717-692-3699. Named after wildlife artist Ned Smith, the gallery features portraits from contemporary artists across the region. Connecting people through education of the arts. Fee.

Peace Valley Nature Center

170 North Chapman Rd., Doylestown, PA 18901. 215-345-7860. Offers hands-on ecology programs and 14 miles of nature trails in the woods and meadows. Fee.

Pennsylvania Hospital Gardens

800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 215-829-3370. Located on the hospital's 8th Street campus, the gardens feature a statue of William Penn, an original cornerstone inscribed by Benjamin Franklin, and a Physic Garden. Tours teach youth about the history of herbal medicine and its contributions to science and society. Cost: Free/Donation.

Silver Lake Nature Center

1306 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. 215-785-1177. Offers a butterfly sanctuary, six different habitats with unique animal and plant species, and hiking trails. Free.

Wildwood Park

100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110. 717-221-0292. Explore the Nature Center with an exhibit area that depicts the area’s natural resources, walk the trails and boardwalks, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Fee.