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TOMORROW: Join PennEnvironment and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to learn how to be a better advocate for environmental and justice issues in your community. All attendees will get an "Activist Starter Kit" and FREE T-Shirt, RSVP today at the link below to reserve your spot!
Hello! I am wondering who to contact for information regarding the summer camp this summer 2020? Thanks! 😁
Anyone know if there is still room in the candle sipping class?
Is it possible I could have seen a bald eagle flying along the creek today? Or was it another type of large raptor with a white head?
Hey friends, PennEnvironment and Cherry Street Pier are collaborating on a film screening event this Sunday and we’d love for you to join us! Come out on Sunday at 6 to watch a critically acclaimed movie, participate in a Q&A with the director, Ben Kalina, hang out with friends, and learn more about climate change and how you can take action to fight it! The event is free and open to all, so join us and invite your friends! RSVP at the event page below: https://www.facebook.com/events/618657321959581/
Hey Philly Friends! The Philadelphia Water Department removed 44 tons of waste from storm drain systems in 2017 -- 77% of that was single-use plastic bottles. That is disgusting! Nothing we use for a few minutes should be in our environment for thousands of years. Take the tap water pledge to show that Philadelphians want to ditch the nick name Filth-adelphia.
Congratulations to Wissahickon Environmental Center for being nominated for favorite place to go in Hulafrog Eastern Main Line's 2019 Most Loved Awards!! Cast your vote today - and make sure to spread the word!! #WissahickonEnvironmentalCenter #WEC
Every walk gives something new. These are Cystoderma aureum - at Andorra. We were too distracted by the Andorra bald eagle I posted about on the 12th to pay as much attention to these as we should have. I knew they were new to me and so took a pic and id'd them... but I just learned that they're actually quite rare, and possibly a PA state record! They're beautiful, and they smell great because they contain hydrogen cyanide.

Part of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR)'s Fairmount Park System. WEC provides environmental education to all visitors, through low to no cost programming for adults, children, and families.

The Wissahickon Environmental Center provides environmental education to families throughout Philadelphia, offering public and school programming. As park of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, we also "advance the prosperity of our city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of public land and waterways as well as through safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. We help Philadelphia and its citizens grow by connecting people to the natural world, to each other, and to fun, physical and social opportunities."

Mission: We advance the prosperity of our city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of public land and waterways as well as through safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. We help Philadelphia and its citizens grow by connecting people to the natural world, to each other, and to fun, physical and social opportunities.

Andorra Branch - Free Library of Philadelphia

Great video from our friend, Joanne, of the Andorra Library!

Free Library of Philadelphia
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Wissahickon Environmental Center https://www.facebook.com/pg/TreeHouseWEC/about/?ref=page_internal
Friends of the Wissahickon
https://fow.org/

Verland's new equipment security guard. Nothing else will get stolen on her watch!

#CarolinaWren #BirdWatching #BirdsTheWord #TeaKettleTeaKettleTea #MomOnWatch #Wissahickon #FindYourPath #PPRoutdoors #PPRoutdoorexperiences #TreeHouseWEC #CityBirds #NestingBirds #WissaBirds @ Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

New storybook on the trail this month. Check it out. (Highly recommended by my almost 3 year old granddaughter.)

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Love Your Park Week is winding down, but we aren't done celebrating yet! Today, enjoy this fun nature scavenger hunt with Jamie Miller from Samuel Recreation Center and Gina Batavick from Rivera Recreation Center.

Photos from Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House's post

Friends of the Wissahickon

During Love Your Park @Home, let's make sure to love our own Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. PPR staff's essential work encompasses food distribution to Philadelphians in need, maintaining parks so you can get your exercise, and offering kids opportunity and families childcare through camps and summer programs - and while their work is more needed than ever, they are facing 20% cuts in this year's city budget.

Find out how to support them here: https://fow.org/love-your-parks-recreation-department/

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Today we are joined by PPR Outdoor Experiences Coordinator Mary Grace to learn all about what supplies you’ll need to bring with you for a hike in one of our parks!

[05/14/20]   A timely post from PowerCorps PHL about green water infrastructures.

There were reports on a neighborhood group yesterday regarding a witness to a painter dumping waste in the sewer, then a separate post later about Cresheim Creek looking white. While we know these separate, but related incidents were reported, we do not have any more information at this time. But we would like to take a moment to remind everyone that ANYTHING that is littered in the street or directly down the sewer will make its way into the local creeks, and ultimately our drinking water. - Christina Moresi, Environmental Education Planner, Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

If you see anything suspected to be a pollution or disturbance of any waterway, regardless of how seemingly insignificant, report it immediately by calling the local PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement (717) 626-0228 or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-541-2050.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
https://www.fishandboat.com/…/TelephoneNumbersOfficeListing…

Philadelphia Water Department
https://www.phila.gov/water/aboutus/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

PA Dept. of Environmental Protection https://www.dep.pa.gov/…/ReportanIncident/Pages/default.aspx

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Friends of the Wissahickon
Friends of the Cresheim Trail

There were reports on a neighborhood group yesterday regarding a witness to a painter dumping waste in the sewer, then a separate post later about Cresheim Creek looking white. While we know these separate, but related incidents were reported, we do not have any more information at this time. But we would like to take a moment to remind everyone that ANYTHING that is littered in the street or directly down the sewer will make its way into the local creeks, and ultimately our drinking water.

Cresheim> Wissahickon> Schuylkill> Drinking Water

If you see anything suspected to be a pollution or disturbance of any waterway, regardless of how seemingly insignificant, report it immediately by calling the local PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement (717) 626-0228 or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-541-2050.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
https://www.fishandboat.com/AboutUs/Pages/TelephoneNumbersOfficeListings.aspx#regionoffices

Philadelphia Water Department
https://www.phila.gov/water/aboutus/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

PA Dept. of Environmental Protection https://www.dep.pa.gov/About/ReportanIncident/Pages/default.aspx

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Friends of the Wissahickon
Friends of the Cresheim Trail ( FoCT)

While hiking with the Ferko Playground's summer camp this morning, Trish found this storm drain marker in the creek. It says, "No Dumping. Drains to Creek." A perfect example of the movement of water and pollution from street, to storm drain, to waterway.

Learn more at http://www.phillywatersheds.org/what_were_doing/community_partnerships/programs/storm-drain-marking

#FindYourPath #StormwaterManagement #RainCheck #GiveAHootDontPollute #LoveYourPark #PhiladelphiaWater #PWD #cleanwatersPHL #WissahickonWatershed #WissahickonCreek #PhillyDrinkingWater #SchuylkillPunch

Found outside the Tree House. Toyota key Fob.

Do not count on that "7 hours" or a "bullseye rash" or anything as a rule with Lyme. Be proactive, and protect yourself.

Make it a habit to always check yourself and pets for ticks after coming indoors from your yard or other outdoor locations to reduce your risk of Lyme disease. ⤵ #LymeDiseaseAwarenessMonth

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

What is Climate Change? Today as we celebrate Love Your Park Week, enjoy a story time with Anna Herman from Farm Philly, and learn more about climate change and our climate heroes!

Verland is officially a naturalist!

I went down to his shop to find a random skull on a bench. When I asked about it, he confirmed it was his, and that he found in Kevin's Grove. Then when I said I didn't know what it was, he said, "Look at the teeth." 🤣 (I haven't been back to confirm, but based on the teeth, I think it's a deer. Thoughts are welcome.)- Christina Moresi, EEP.

Complete this sentence in the comments, "You know you're a naturalist when..."

Philadelphia Water Department

Wonder where your drinking water comes from? Philly tap is treated at several plants across the city. Once collected, river water is settled, disinfected, and filtered. We ensure it’s crystal clear + safe. During this Drinking Water Week, learn more about the treatment process at phillyh2o.info/DrinkTap.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Story Book Hike with our littles.

#ItsSpring
#Wissahickon
#FindYourPath #MyPhillyPark #PPRoutdoors #PPRoutdoorexperiences #WissahicKIDS #WECed #LetTheChildrenPlay
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Outdoor Experience Program
Friends of the Wissahickon

Today we're bringing nature safely to you! Take a look and a listen as Trish Fries from Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House takes you on a virtual storybook hike!

phillymag.com

10 of the Coolest, Oldest and Most Storied Philadelphia Trees

Number seven may be our heart, but these trees are all amazing witnesses and representations of our natural history in Philadelphia.

#TheGreatBeech
#PABigTrees #WitnessTrees #CityTrees #Wissahickon #FindYourPark #TreeHouseWEC #Wistar #AndorraNaturalArea #AndorraNursery #EuropeanBeech Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Outdoor Experience Program Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Philadelphia Magazine

phillymag.com Some are still reaching skyward, others are gone but have amazing tales to tell, and one was the subject of a decades-old mystery.

A minute of #serenity with #GreenFrog in the #DetentionPond and the trilling sounds of the #AmericanToad looking for #love.

#StormwaterManagement #Anphibians #Toads #WissahickonSpring #MyPhillyPark #PPRoutdoors #PPRoutdoorexperiences #FindYourPark #FindYourPath #WhyILovePhilly #LetsBeFriends #NatureMusic #Cattails

The colors of spring in one of our favorite nooks of the trails. This is the Red Trail past Parking Lot 1, on tge curve towards #AndorraMeadow. A stand of beautiful #JapaneseMaples that add color in the growing seasons, cool shade in the heat of summer, extra darkness during night #hikes, and #peace whenever you pass through.

#Wissahickon #AndorraNursery #FindYourPath #PPRoutdoors #PPRoutdoorexperiences #UrbanForest #WissahickonSpring #Trees #AndorraTrails

A minute of #serenity with Grandma Maggie (#SaucerMagnolia).

#OldTrees #Wissahickon #TreeHouseWEC

Friends of the Wissahickon

April showers bring May flowers - and also mud season in the Wissahickon!

If you are leaving prints on a trail, it's too wet to use. Please stay off muddy trails - and avoid slippery rocks and unsteady trees as well! Learn more about mud season here: http://fow.org/please-steer-clear-of-muddy-trails/

PA Tick Research Lab

Don't let #Covid-19 distract you from keeping yourself safe from #ticks as well.

"Forest or front yard, tick check every day after play."
Wear Light Clothes & Tick Repellent
Tick Check
Shower
Wash Clothes (Or least put in dryer.)
Tick Check Again
Insist on #Lyme Test If Sick

The Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab can analyze your tick, testing for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Order your test online and learn whether you’re at risk before symptoms appear.

Nature at the Tree House and Your House

Thanks to our young naturalist, Emma, and videographer/director/mom, Mira, for explaining the iNaturalist app.

#Naturehood #NearbyNature #NeighborhoodNature #CityNatureChallenge #TreeHouseWEC #WhyILovePhilly #WissahicKIDS #WECed #NatureEducation #Wissahickon #iNaturalist

Thanks to our young naturalist, Sawyer, and videographer/director/mom, Laura, for sharing her nature find during their hike on Forbidden Drive.

#Naturehood #NearbyNature #NeighborhoodNature #CityNatureChallenge #TreeHouseWEC #WhyILovePhilly #WissahicKIDS #WECed #NatureEducation #Wissahickon

Nature at the Tree House and Your House

Thanks to our young naturalist, Luciana, and videographer/director/mom, Jessica, for sharing this glimpse of the nature in their backyard.

#Naturehood #NearbyNature #NeighborhoodNature #CityNatureChallenge #TreeHouseWEC #WhyILovePhilly #WissahicKIDS #WECed #NatureEducation #Wissahickon

Nature at the Tree House and Your House

Thanks to our young naturalist, Nicholas, and videographer/director/mom, Jessica, for sharing this glimpse of the nature in their backyard.

#Naturehood #NearbyNature #NeighborhoodNature #CityNatureChallenge #TreeHouseWEC #WhyILovePhilly #WissahicKIDS #WECed #NatureEducation #Wissahickon

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Grow Up Green is an #environmental #education program that helps our youngest nature lovers get better connected to #nature! Gather the kids (and the grown ups!) while our Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Outdoor Experience Program's Mary Grace Gorman teaches us what nature is all about!

Grow Up Green is an environmental education program that helps our youngest nature lovers get better connected to nature! Gather the kids (and the grown ups!) while our Outdoor Experience Program's Mary Grace Gorman teaches us what nature is all about!

Only a little over 2 days until the Philadelphia City Nature Challenge. Are you ready?!

Wissahickon Nature Challenge
iNaturalist.org

#CNCphilly #WECNatureChallenge #CityNatureChallenge #iNatThatJawn
#Naturehood
#NeighborhoodNature #CitizenScience

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Pennypack Environmental Center
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Outdoor Experience Program

It's Earth Week! To help you celebrate virtually, today's Parks & Rec @ Home video walks you through how to DIY your own bird feeder. Join Pennypack Environmental Center's Stephanie Hoffer Robinson as she walks you through this fun activity!

While you are keeping your distance from other people on the trail, also keep your distance from these guys. Young Poison Ivy leaves in the spring are red. Later they will turn green. Look for them right along the trails and climbing up trees.

The #crabapples and #dogwoods are in bloom! What we affectionately call "Dogwood Hollow," is a stand of crabapples and dogwoods beautifully clustered together in #AndorraMeadow. If you park in Parking Lot 1, off of Ridge Ave, you will see it as you pass the #meadow. To hike to it, take the Red Trail following signs for "Andorra Meadow," then the (dark) Purple Trail also labeled "Outer Loop" or "Meadow Loop" towards the houses on NWestern Ave. Dogwood Hollow is bordered by the road, the white house and Pine Trees, and the #DeerExclosure Fencing. You'll know it when you see it. 😉

myphillypark.org

Everything to know about the 2020 City Nature Challenge in Philly – Fairmount Park Conservancy

Just one of many Philadelphia City Nature Challenge events. Join the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and stay tuned for events with us, and throughout the City.

myphillypark.org Calling all nature lovers: The 5th annual City Nature Challenge kicks off from April 24-27! This global event calls on citizen scientists of all ages and education backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals, and fungi using the free mobile app iNaturalist. This year, it’s t...

A minute of #serenity thanks to Grandma Maggie (Saucer #Magnolia), courting #toads, and singing #birds.

(Sound Up)

#Wissahickon #WissahickonWild #PPRoutdoors #treehousewec

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The Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House) provides low and no cost environmental education to adults, children, and families, throughout Philadelphia and vicinity, through public and school and group programming. As part of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, we also "advance the prosperity of our city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of public land and waterways as well as through safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. We help Philadelphia and its citizens grow by connecting people to the natural world, to each other, and to fun, physical and social opportunities."

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