List of nature centers in Pennsylvania

List of nature centers in Pennsylvania

This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Name Location County Region Summary
Abernathy Field Station Washington Washington Pittsburgh Metro Area 57-acre (230,000 m2) outdoor ecology classroom serving Washington & Jefferson College
Asbury Woods Erie Erie Northwest Region website, regional nature center with over 205 acres and 4.5 miles of hiking trails
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve Fox Chapel Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area 134-acre (0.5 km2) protected area, headquarters of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center Harrisburg Dauphin Cumberland Valley Located in 210-acre Wildwood Park
Boyce Park Nature Center Monroeville Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area Operated by the County, displays include animals, plants, rocks and fossils, live animals
Briar Bush Nature Center Abington Montgomery Delaware Valley website, 12.5 acres, includes Dede Long Nature Museum, seasonal butterfly house, bird observatory
Carbon County Environmental Education Center Summit Hill Carbon Lehigh Valley website, operated by the County, located on 70 acres within Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Churchville Nature Center Churchville Bucks Delaware Valley website, operated by the County, includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits, 2 miles of trails, and a re-created Lenape Indian Village
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum Philadelphia Philadelphia Delaware Valley Features the Cusano Environmental Education Center at the 1,000-acre refuge
Endless Mountains Nature Center Tunkhannock Wyoming Northern Tier website, public and group programs, educational exhibits, live birds of prey, nature day camps, includes 11 miles of trails at Camp Lackawanna in Tunkhannock
Elk Country Visitor Center Benezette Elk Central PA website, educational exhibits, multimedia experiences, hands-on learning opportunities and education programs focused on elk, operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance
Fern Hollow Nature Center Sewickley Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area website, 33 acres
Frick Environmental Center Pittsburgh Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area Located in 561-acre Frick Park that includes the 151-acre Frick Woods Nature Reserve
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hamburg Berks Pennsylvania Dutch Country 1,400 acre sanctuary, prime location for the viewing of kettling and migrating raptors
Great Valley Nature Center Devault Chester Delaware Valley 10 acres, includes a Bird of Prey center, replica Native American Lenape village and a maple sugar house
Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center Natrona Heights Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area 500 acres, operated by the County
Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center Solebury Township Bucks Delaware Valley website, operated by the Bucks County Audubon Society, 700 acres
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center Bushkill Township Northampton Lehigh Valley 1,168-acre state park
Jarrett Nature Center Horsham Montgomery Delaware Valley website, operated by and for the Hatboro-Horsham School District
Jennings Environmental Education Center Brady Butler Pittsburgh Metro Area 300-acre state park
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove Audubon Montgomery Delaware Valley Historic first U.S. home of John James Audubon, museum features a combination of nature, art, and history and houses all of Audubon’s major works including “Birds of America”; 5 miles of trails
Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center Cumberland Pennsylvania Dutch Country 1,454-acre state park including Cooke, Dickinson and Penn Townships
Lacawac Lake Ariel Wayne Northeastern Pennsylvania 545 acres, former summer estate, public programs, trails, house tours
Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Center Lancaster Lancaster Pennsylvania Dutch Country website, operated by the County in Central Park
Latodami Nature Center at North Park Wexford Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area 250 acres, operated by the County
Lehigh Gap Nature Center Lehigh Gap Carbon Lehigh Valley Over 750 acres with 13 miles of marked trails
McKaig Nature Education Center Wayne Delaware Delaware Valley website, 89 acres, operated by the Upper Merion Park and Historic Foundation
McKeever Environmental Learning Center Sandy Lake Mercer Northwestern PA website, administered by Slippery Rock University, 205 acres, residential and non-residential programs for schools
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center State College Centre Central PA website, operated by Centre Region Parks & Recreation, 62-acre site consisting of a 12-acre farmstead area and an adjacent 50-acre wetland area
Monocacy Nature Center Bethlehem Northampton Lehigh Valley website, operated by the Monocacy Watershed Association in Monocacy Creek Park
Monroe County Conservation District Environmental Education Center Tannersville Monroe Northeastern Pennsylvania website, located in the 166-acre Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Pisgah State Park Troy Bradford Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental interpretive center houses artifacts and displays about area wildlife and early farm life, nature programs
Myrick Conservation Center West Chester Chester Delaware Valley website, 318 acres, operated by the Brandywine Valley Association and the Red Clay Valley Association, focus is watershed conservation
Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Millersburg Dauphin Cumberland Valley website, includes collection of works by wildlife artist Ned Smith, changing exhibits of contemporary artists and photographers, over 500 acres, research program about northern saw-whet owls
Nescopeck State Park Butler Luzerne Northeastern Pennsylvania 3,550-acre state park with seasonal education center
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center Cumru Berks Pennsylvania Dutch Country 665-acre state park
Nurture Nature Center Easton Northampton Lehigh Valley website, combines science, art and community dialogue about community environmental issues, features Science On a Sphere exhibit
Peace Valley Nature Center Doylestown Bucks Delaware Valley 1,500-acre park and nature center, operated by the County
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust Huntingdon Valley Montgomery Delaware Valley website, 809 acres with a visitor center
Pocono Environmental Education Center Dingmans Ferry Pike Northeastern Pennsylvania website, located within the 77,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary Emmaus Lehigh Lehigh Valley website, 77.5 acres, Wildlands Conservancy's main office, features the Air Products Environmental Education Center
Powdermill Nature Reserve Rector Westmoreland Pittsburgh Metro Area website, environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, over 2,200 acres
Richard Nixon Park Nature Center York York Pennsylvania Dutch Country website, operated by the County on 187 acres, displays include local wildlife and mounted specimens from the Arctic, African savanna and Northwest Territories of the United States
Riverbend Environmental Education Center Gladwyne Montgomery Delaware Valley website, 30 acres
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center Petersburg Huntingdon Central PA Located in the 700-acre Stone Valley Recreation Area
Silver Lake Nature Center Bristol Bucks Delaware Valley website, 235 acres with over 4 miles of trails, operated by the County
South Park Nature Center South Park Allegheny Pittsburgh Metro Area 2,013-acre park, operated by the County
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Fairfield Adams Pennsylvania Dutch Country 609 acres with over 10 miles of trails
The Schuylkill Center Philadelphia Philadelphia Delaware Valley website, 340 acres with over 3 miles of trails, exhibits, art gallery, wildlife rehabilitation clinic
Tom Ridge Environmental Center Erie Erie Northwest Region Located in 3,112-acre Presque Isle State Park
Trexler Environmental Center Schnecksville Lehigh Lehigh Valley 1,108 acres in the Trexler Nature Preserve, operated by the County
Tyler Arboretum Media Delaware Delaware Valley 650 acres, 20 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows, environmental education programs
Welkinweir Pottstown Chester Delaware Valley 197-acre arboretum, garden, mansion, and conservation area, education programs, home of the Green Valleys Association
Whites' Woods Nature Center White Indiana Pittsburgh Metro Area 250 acres of mature forest
Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park Grove Township Cameron Central PA 1,910-acre park visitor center with natural history exhibits, wildlife viewing area, programs
Woodcock Creek Nature Center Meadville Crawford Northwest Region website, operated by the Crawford County Conservation District

External links

  • Map of nature centers and environmental education centers in Pennsylvania