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NFA wins grant for sustainability

Schools  |  December 14th, 2016  |  No Comments

by Mary Ann Boyer, Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants, LLC Norwood-Fontbonne Academy received a grant from the Philadelphia Area Independent Schools Business Officers Association to address environmental sustainability and foster collaboration between the school and neighboring institutions. NFA teamed up with its Parents Association, Chestnut Hill College, Morris Arboretum, and Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants to create […]

SCH hosts forum for the intellectually curious

Schools  |  November 14th, 2016  |  No Comments

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy will co-host the Philadelphia-region Scholar Search Educational Forum this weekend, Saturday, November 19. The Scholar Search Educational Forum is a free educational event open to intellectually curious kids in grades 4–12 as well as their parents. During this all-day forum, attendees may choose from a range of topics, presentations, and interactive […]

Our Mother of Consolation Parish School promotes National Say Something Week

Schools  |  November 9th, 2016  |  No Comments

Our Mother of Consolation Parish School, in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, took part in National Say Something Week, October 24–28. Say Something teaches students in Middle School and High School […]

School Events:

Giants of the Forest @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The largest tree in our forest is a silver maple, over 100 years old and 12 feet in diameter. Join us to see this magnificent tree and other giants on this guided hike.  Learn how to identify these trees based on their winter characteristics, such as shape and bark pattern.  As we walk past old fields and ruins of 19th century homesteads, you’ll hear about the history of the land and how human use has influenced our forest.  If there is snow cover on the ground, wear warm boots or snowshoes.

Space is limited.  Pre-registration required. Teens and adults ages 16+.

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Register here.

Preschool Open House @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn all about our Nature Preschool curriculum, philosophy, and values. You will meet the teachers, tour the classrooms, and engage in conversations to envision a day at Nature Preschool, including details on our all-new nature-immersion classroom where children spend their entire session out of doors. We offer a multi-age preschool program for ages 3-5 and a kindergarten program. See here for more on our Nature Preschool program for ages 3 – 5.

Community: Gallery Opening @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are proud to present Community, a gallery show celebrating the art work of Schuylkill Center members.  Community is a non-juried, salon-style exhibition, open to Schuylkill Center members, neighbors, staff, and volunteers.  Featuring artists of any medium, style, theme, or concept, this show will create a portrait of our community, of a vibrant, diverse, and multifaceted community of makers.  Community will reveal how people see nature in Philadelphia, and inspire everyone to connect with nature in their own way.

For details on submitting work to Community, please see here.

Acupuncture: A Wellness Approach to Health @ Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy (CAMA)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Acupuncture:  A Wellness Approach to Health

Did you know there is an affordable, holistic wellness center in Mt. Airy that treats all types of conditions without the side effects of drugs? Are you struggling with pain of any kind, gynecological problems/menopause symptoms, a digestive disorder, immune system dysfunction, anxiety, depression, cancer or other chronic condition?  Acupuncture is undoubtedly ancient medicine for modern times, providing a drug free solution to chronic pain and ailments, and the profound relaxation so important for managing the impact of stress.  In a friendly atmosphere that encourages questions, learn how important it is to be wellness (vs. symptom) oriented, how our lifestyle choices affect our longevity and find out if we can help your specific condition!


Also included:

Status report on the US health care system:  How are we doing?

Are we winning the “war on cancer” declared in 1971?

The importance of nutrition for preventing and treating cancer.

Elise Rivers, Esq., M.Ac., has been practicing Chinese medicine for more than 18 years and is the founder of Philadelphia’s first sliding scale clinic Community Acupuncture of Mt Airy–A Wellness Center (CAMA).   She and her staff of wellness professionals are committed to making holistic health an affordable and convenient option.  For more than a decade, Elise has enjoyed sharing the profound benefits of acupuncture and a wellness orientation with the Mt Airy community, and is on the faculty of Pennsylvania’s first acupuncture school, the Won Institute in Glenside.

Weathering the Weather: Trees in Winter @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On a brisk walk followed by a cozy fire, learn how our trees make it through the winter. Director of Land and Facilities Steve Goin leads a walk through the cold forest, explaining how trees respond to snow and ice storms and to freezing temperatures. For example, trees make a type of anti-freeze to prevent water within their cells from freezing; at the same time, frozen water between trees’ cells can help strengthen trees against ice storms and heavy winds. After the walk, enjoy a Schuylkill Old Fashioned, our special tree-based cocktail, around a fire.

Winter is also a great time to assess how healthy your trees are – Steve will offer suggestions and tips on what to look for on trees around your home.

Members: $10 | Non-members: $15

Register here.

Owl Prowl @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mysterious and silent, owls are one of the most fascinating creatures who reside in our forest. These night hunters are rarely seen, although traces of them can be found by a watchful eye. Meet rehabilitated owls from our wildlife clinic and learn about some of the physical and behavioral characteristics that make owls such exceptional hunters. After that, we’ll grab our flashlights and take a walk, searching for these elusive birds.

Members: $5 | Non-members: $10

Register here.

Day Off Camp: Winter Wonderland @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Feb 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where do animals go in the winter? Where do they find food, water, and shelter? We’ll explore the grounds at look for signs of life in the harsh winter climate.  Then, we will follow in the footsteps of our animal friends and build our own winter shelters!

For ages 5 – 12. Pre-registration is required.


Camps run 8:00 – 3:00 pm.  Extended day until 6:00 pm is available for an additional $15/day.


Members: $52 | Non-members: $62
Programs with a field trip may include an additional fee.

Register online here.

Day-Off Camps

Kids have the day off and you don’t? Check out our Day-Off Camps!

The Circuit: The History and Future of America’s Best Regional Trail System @ Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The 6th Annual Richard L. James Lecture

One of the region’s great environmental stories is the explosive growth of the Circuit, the 750-mile trail network that connects the city to its nine surrounding counties, with long-distance links to the Poconos, DC and the Susquehanna River.  Among the country’s premiere urban trail networks, a new section of The Circuit makes the news almost weekly.  But how did The Circuit start?  And where is it going next?  Architect and planner Robert Thomas, a founder and principal of Campbell Thomas & Co., has been advocating for, plus planning and designing, trails for 40 years, while writing many of its groundbreaking studies.  Bob presents the first comprehensive history of The Circuit while looking boldly ahead to where our trails take us next.

Bob Thomas Head Shot on South Street 2014-03-25 004 croppedAbout the Speaker

Bob Thomas is a partner of Campbell Thomas & Co. Architects, founded in 1976 and a firm noted for historic preservation, energy conscious design, community development, greenways, accessible design and appropriate technology.  As partner in charge of numerous architectural, planning, greenway, solar, bicycle and public transportation projects he has worked with such agencies as Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation , and the Montgomery County Planning Commission.