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Wissahickon Environmental Center

  • Educational
  • Nature

The Wissahickon Environmental Center is located at the northern end of the Wissahickon Valley Park along the northwestern border of Philadelphia and Montgomery county. The center is housed in a building known as the “Tree House," not because it was built in a tree, but instead because it was built around a tree that once ran through the back porch and through the roof. Visitors can see the stump where the tree once stood. The grounds were formerly a tree nursery, and a unique mixture of native, and non native trees grow here. Today the building is a learning center for people of all ages, with preserved and live animals. If you take a short walk from the center, you can find the oldest beech tree in PA, and winding trails that lead you through forests, and the Andorra meadow which is a large natural area between the Philadelphia border and the Andorra neighborhood.

Read about Go Philly Go's visit to the Wissahickon Environmental Center here.

Want more? Read a few tips and tricks from Philly Day Hiker's trip to Wissahickon Valley Park. 

This is a NaturePHL site. NaturePHL is a collaborative effort helping Philadelphia children and families achieve better health through activity in local parks, trails, and green spaces.

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