Exploring Nature

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Monroe County Environmental Education Center

Using the Poconos as an outdoor classroom, campers can build an awareness of their surroundings in the woods, while nature programs give them ways to explore and develop an understanding of the local wildlife and ecosystems. 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Monroe County. Tel: 570-629-3061. Cost: Fee/Free.... More Info

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Bookamer Family Farm

7868 Dutch Hill Rd., Meadville, PA 16335. 814-425-3450. A dairy “Circle Farm” where students learn the ecosystem balances between nature, animals, and people. Fee.

Bushkill Falls

Rte. 209, Bushkill Falls Rd., Bushkill, PA 18324. 570-588-6682. Eight waterfalls in the wooded Pocono Mountains, accessible through a network of hiking trails and bridges which afford views of the falls and surrounding forest. Fee.

Carbon County Environmental Education Center

151 E. White Bear Dr., Summit Hill, PA 18250. 570-645-8597. Enjoy nature trails, bird-feeding, butterflies, a waterfowl observatory, and even a Birds of Prey exhibit. The Center offers school programs, allowing classes to learn about plants and decomposition, animal signs and behaviors, and more while meeting live animals. Fee.

Eden Hall Campus at Chatham University

Activities include conducting geological surveys, using scientific data and engineering design documents to explain how solar energy systems work, and more. 6035 Ridge Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Tel: 412-365-1600. Cost: Fee.

McKeever Environmental Learning Center

55 McKeever Ln., Sandy Lake, PA 16145. 724-376-1000. The McKeever Environmental Learning Center is folded into a natural wooded setting about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania near Sandy Lake, Mercer County. Hours: Daily 8AM-4:30PM. Fee.

Pennypack Environmental Center

8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19115. 215-685-0470. Once a dedicated bird sanctuary, today the Pennypack Environmental Center has an outdoor amphitheater, exhibits, a new reference library, along with campfire and picnic areas. Fee/Free.

Pennypack Farm Education Center

TFEC at the Highlands 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington 19034. Contact Diane. 215-837-3120. Programs cover the importance of local farming and the nature/food connection. Fee.

Pool Wildlife Sanctuary

3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049. 610-965-4397. Located on 77.5 acres along the banks of the Little Lehigh Creek with nature trails, arboretum, and menagerie. Suggested Donation.

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

3400 Discovery Rd., Petersburg, PA 16669. 814-863-2000. Visit the more than 20 hawks, eagles, and falcons cared for at the center. View light-up constellations, touch natural objects, and meet reptiles and amphibians. Afterwards, hike the trails that wind through 7,000 acres of woods and hillsides (maps available). Fee.

Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Presque Island, 301 Peninsula Drive #1, Erie, PA 16505. 814-833-7424. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center at heart, dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle. Free.

Wildlands Conservancy

3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049. 610-965-4397, ext. 131. Environmental education programs on the river or along the trail. Fee.