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Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, hikes may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children over six are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain or icy conditions. 

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Join Kris Soffa for a Mini Nature Safari where you'll sharpen your senses and learn fascinating facts about butterflies. We'll hike to the gorgeous Meadow Observation Loop in The Andorra Natural Area. You'll learn how to identify common butterflies while picking up pollinator & caterpillar host plant tips on how to attract butterflies to your home garden. Kris will also offer tips on how to raise butterflies at home. Bring water, camera, ID book if you like. Rain cancels. Difficulty level: easy. Suitable for children 12 yrs and older accompanied by an adult
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
You know what they say, birders of a feather flock together! We will listen for avian friends, compare notes, share stories and sightings and trade tips on birding tools and resources. This walk is for you if you are: 1. just getting into birding or want to learn more. 2. Have been birding forever, love it and want to share your enthusiasm! 3. Want to learn astonishing facts about local wildlife. 4. Want to spend a summer evening along the Wissahickon looking for birds with friends. No equipment needed. Difficulty Level: easy
Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Join Kris Soffa for a Mini Nature Safari where you'll sharpen your senses and learn fascinating facts about butterflies. We'll hike to the gorgeous Meadow Observation Loop in The Andorra Natural Area. You'll learn how to identify common butterflies while picking up pollinator & caterpillar host plant tips on how to attract butterflies to your home garden. Kris will also offer tips on how to raise butterflies at home. Bring water, camera, ID book if you like. Rain cancels. Difficulty level: easy. Suitable for children 12 yrs and older accompanied by an adult
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 at 10:00 AM
MEET: Corner of Mt. Pleasant Place and N. Mt. Pleasant Rd. Park on N. Mt. Pleasant between Wissahickon Av. and Mt. Pleasant Pl. For GPS and internet use the address 7100 Mt. Pleasant Pl., Phila. 19119
DISTANCE/DURATION: 2 ½ mi./2 hrs.
The Toleration Statue is complaining about not enough visits. To boost his ego we will visit the Statue, starting from the very out of the way Mt. Pleasant Pl. trailhead. In addition, along the way we will visit the Monastery and the historic Church of the Brethern baptismal site. Terrain at Toleration Statue is rocky and difficult. Difficulty level: challenging.
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM
You know what they say, birders of a feather flock together! We will listen for avian friends, compare notes, share stories and sightings and trade tips on birding tools and resources. This walk is for you if you are: 1. just getting into birding or want to learn more. 2. Have been birding forever, love it and want to share your enthusiasm! 3. Want to learn astonishing facts about local wildlife. 4. Want to spend a summer evening along the Wissahickon looking for birds with friends. No equipment needed. Difficulty Level: easy
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Meet at the Cedars House, close to where Forbidden Drive ends at Northwestern Ave.
We’ll walk along Forbidden Drive from Northwestern Ave to Bells Mill Rd. We’ll visit an 18th century quarry and several other interesting rock exposures. We discuss the likely formation of Wissahickon rocks as the result of plate tectonics. This hike is suitable for children over 10 accompanied by a responsible adult.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Meeting place: The Cedars House, on Forbidden Drive near Northwestern Ave.
We’ll hike about 3 miles through woods to the Andorra Meadow and then into the Wissahickon Environmental Center to return. . Learn about the former Andorra Nursery and visit the Tree House. See The Great Beech and Fallen Magnolia! Wear good sneakers or hiking boots. Level - Moderate. Children (over 8) are welcome with responsible adult.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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