Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Why did the toad cross the road? (Credit: Chris Hand)

It’s Toad Detour Time In Upper Roxborough

After a long winter spent hibernating under the leaves in the woods of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, toads get the urge for moving — and mating.


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Ways To Learn About Green Living In Philadelphia

Philadelphia-area residents, teachers and professionals who want to learn more about the concepts of green living and how they can be adopted in the Philly area can turn to several organizations that offer classes, courses and programs.


Spring Peeper calling in a Chester County vernal pool. Credit: Molly Daly

Tiny Frogs Sing Loud Love Song

If you’re in the Philly suburbs in the early spring, you may hear what sounds like a baby bird and duckling convention.


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Toad Road Detours On The Way To Upper Roxborough

But the reservoir’s across the road, and street smarts aren’t in the toads’ evolutionary skill set.


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Best Community Gardens In Philadelphia

Whether you are a seasoned gardener newly transplanted to Philadelphia or a gardening newbie, just dig through these tips and resources to find the best community garden in your neighborhood.


(Philadelphia schoolkids shove away from the dock of the East Park Canoe House, in Fairmount Park.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Schoolkids Get Hands-On Lessons in Boating and Nature

Before settling into the 24-foot, eleven-passenger canoes, guides assured them than none had tipped over in 30 years of the program.



Halloween Hikes And Hayrides Offer Chance To See Schuylkill Center Woods By Moonlight

You won’t have to travel far for a nocturnal adventure in the woods tonight and tomorrow night, when the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education holds its popular Halloween Hikes and Hayrides.



Adults-Only Nature Walk Offers Wine And Cheese… And Fireflies

The first in a series of three twilight nature strolls for grown-ups at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education explores the secret and somewhat scandalous mating habits of the humble firefly.


(Rainwater holding tanks aid water conservation at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.  Credit: Molly Daly)

Schuylkill Center Holding Huge Environmental Celebration This Saturday

Even though Earth Day has come and gone (April 22nd), the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will hold its own Earth Day celebration, dubbed “Naturepalooza,” on Saturday — along with a native plant sale.


(Snowdrops with early honey bee. Courtesy: Morris Arboretum)

‘Broken Weather’ Affecting Animals And Plants

It has been a season of very weird weather. Temperatures have been topping out in the 50s and 60s in what should be the dead of winter. How are the critters and plants reacting?


(Toads scamper to safety during their 2010 mating migration.  Credit:

A Philadelphia Nature Center Helps Mating Toads Avoid Croaking

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, in the Roxborough section of the city, is taking over the “Toad Detour,” a volunteer effort to protect the critters trying to cross a highway on their quest for romance.