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This Weekend in the Watershed 12/18

You made it halfway through the week, and GoPhillyGo wants to help you plan an outdoor activity for the weekend. Parks need a little help this time of year to get ready for winter. We made a list of some of our favorite volunteer events happening this weekend, and as always you can find even more events on the GoPhillyGo Android app and mobile site. Double down on your commitment to a healthy environment, and use GoPhillyGo to get there sustainably!

Winter Solstice Night Hike and Campfire @Silver Lake Nature Center

Join us on the shortest day of the year and enjoy a special night on the Silver Lake Trails after dark, followed by a campfire and marshmallows, as well as a visit to the SLNC Earthship! Fri. 12/20, 6:30 to 8:00pm 

Please register by clicking here or by calling 215-785-1177.

$8 per person for Friends of Silver Lake Members; $10 per person for Non-members.

Winter Solstice Hike @Pennypack Environmental Center

Join the Naturalist on the first day of winter for a hike to the edge of Fox Chase Farm and back. Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes. This hike covers three miles of uneven dirt trails. Sat. 12/21, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Winter Solstice Hike @Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

With the earth’s pole being at the maximum tilt from the sun, the Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year. Take a walk through our moonlit forest to hear about ancient solstice traditions and to celebrate the slow return of the sun. Please dress for the weather. Headlamp/flashlight is recommended. Space is limited; registration required. Sat. 12/21, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Winter Bird Walk with Debbie Beer @John Heinz NWR

Take an educational walk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers! Discover the 300+ species of birds that use the Refuge during their migration routes - each week guarantees different species! Walk will meet by visitor center and be at a relaxed pace on flat surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Binoculars can be loaned from the front desk before the walk. No registration required.                         Sun. 12/22, 9:00 to 11:00 pm

Butterfly Light Festival @Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Light Festival is back! We’ve got it all with our jam-packed schedule of events that will have something for everyone in your holiday crew to enjoy.

It’s a Butterfly Light Festival, so you better believe that there will be butterflies and there will be light! We’ll have a Butterfly Light Show, Painting with Light Workshop, animal encounters, games, crafts, face painting and so much more.

Our museum will have art exhibits from Steel ‘N’ Pacific Artist Vanny Channal and V.U.R.T. Creative. Artist Vanny Channal’s sculptures made from 100% discarded medals will be on display. V.U.R.T., who has painted many murals at the insectarium, will also be around with their Idle Hands exhibit. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Kids 2 & under are free!  Sat. 12/21, 10:00am to 5:00pm