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Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Bartram's Garden

This National Historic Landmark is a great destination for groups looking to engage with nature. Group tours engage visitors in programs about nature, art, and history. Patriot Harbor Lines cruises on the Schuykill River are available for group booking. 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-729-5281. Cost: Free.... More Info

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Barnes Foundation Arboretum

300 North Latch’s Ln., Merion Station, PA 19066. 610-667-0290. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees, a formal garden, a wisteria arbor, and rose garden. Fee.

Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 215-563-3737. Contains over 50 different kinds of herbs and illustrates their medicinal value. Free.

Briar Bush Nature Center

1212 Edge Hill Rd., Abington, PA 19001. 215-887-6603 ext. 17. Visit the 12-acre sanctuary at Briar Bush Nature Center for a day of nature activities. Take a guided seasonal nature hike, which focuses on topics such as insects, birds, plants, habitats, animal signs, and more. Fee.

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.

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.

Overbrook Art & Environmental Center

Owned and operated by JASTECH Development Services, Inc., the Overbrook Art & Environmental Center strives to promote urban sustainability and positive environmental practices. 6134 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19151. Tel: 215-879-7770. Cost: 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.

Wissahickon Environmental Center

300 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. 215-685-9285. Nicknamed the “Tree House” for a sycamore tree that grew through the farmhouse front porch, Wissahickon Environmental Center features miles of trails, a 200-gallon fish aquarium, and a variety of educational programs. Fee.