EXPLORE: Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy EXPLORE-ing these wonderful places. Check them out by county or location.


PHILADELPHIA County and region:

  • Bel Arbor Community Garden 
    “The Bel Arbor Community Garden, a one-quarter acre reclaimed vacant lot, provides a green mecca in the heart of South Philly. It consists of 25 individual garden plots, a small orchard area, perennial grasses and wildflower meadow, and a woods/thicket area” (From: PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Handbook, p. 200).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: City Living: Urban Ecology (Unit. 7) ; URBAN ECOLOGY ; BOTANY.
  • City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
    “In addition to providing opportunities for recreation, activities, and appreciation of history, art, and culture, Philadelphia City Parks provide places an emphasis on environmental restoration, stewardship, and education. “(From: PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Handbook, p. 199).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: City Living: Urban Ecology (Unit 7) ; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS.
  • Delaware Riverfront Greenway
    “To promote cross-river connections and communication and to preserve and enhance the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the lower Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.” (From: Our Mission page).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: City Living: Urban Ecology (Unit 7) ; WATER ECOLOGY.
  • Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
    ” The mission of the Fairmount Water Works (FWW)  is to foster stewardship of our shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. We educate citizens about Philadelphia’s urban watershed – its past, present and future – and collaborate with partners to instil an appreciation for the connections between daily life and the natural environment.” (From: About us page).
  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum : Near the Philadelphia International Airport
    “John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is America’s First Urban Refuge and was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat.” (From: About the Refuge page).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Creatures of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Unit 4) ;  URBAN ECOLOGY ; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS.
  • Morris Arboretum
    The mission of  the “Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.” (From: Mission & Vision page).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Forests, Fields, and Meadows: Upland Communities (Unit 6) ; BOTANY ; DENDROLGOY ; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS.
  • Philadelphia Zoo
    “In 1859, Philadelphia became home to America’s first zoo.  Now celebrating over 150 years of innovation and achievement, Philadelphia Zoo is a key part of our region’s life and culture, a compelling living classroom, and a conservation leader.” (From: Overview page).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Communicating Your Message (Unit 8) ; ZOOLOGY ; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS.
  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education : Northwest Philadelphia, PA.
    “Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country, with 340 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams in northwest Philadelphia.” (From: About The Schuylkill Center page).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: We’re All Connected: Ecology band the Circle of Life (Unit 3) ; URBAN ECOLOGY.
  • Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area 
    “With the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, our Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is alive with a remarkable diversity of historic, recreational and cultural attractions.” (From Home page).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Water in the Landscape (Unit 5) ; WATER ECOLOGY.
  • Wissahickon Gorge : Northwest Philadelphia, PA.
    “The Wissahickon Gorge rises up from the Atlantic coastal plain…spanning a length of seven miles and an area of 1,400 acres… these rocks are metamorphic, formed from mud and sand deposits.” (From: Friends of the Wissahickon).


Updated: May 2018