The clinic treats thousands of injured, sick, and injured animals annually.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is holding its annual Winterfest event next Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd from noon to 3 p.m., with all proceeds going to benefit its Wildlife Clinic.
The clinic treats thousands of injured, sick, and injured animals annually. It is the only such clinic in Philadelphia, and last year treated more than 2,000 animals and fielded more than 3,300 phone calls offering advice and answers to wildlife questions.
Winterfest is a family-friendly event. Attendees can enjoy guided nature hikes, talks by clinic director Chris Strub, a wildlife-themed activity, and vendor tables. Food is from Humpty Dumplings, which according to Philadelphia Magazine offers the “Best Dumplings to Go.”
Registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of much needed items, including paper towels, unscented, dye-free laundry detergent, and puppy "wee-wee" pads.
Want to join the ever-growing group of volunteers to help Chris and his team take care of the thousands of injured, orphaned and baby animals that will soon come pouring into its front door. Submit your volunteer application on the center’s website.
The clinic is a core part of the Schuylkill Center’s mission to connect people and nature, rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned animals that members of the public bring to the clinic at 304 Port Royal Rd. It has been in operation since August 1987, when the Pennsylvania Game Commission brought in the first patient, a Cooper’s hawk. Since then, the clinic has treated more than 90,000 animals.
The Schuylkill Center was founded in 1965 as Philadelphia’s first environmental education center. Its 340 acres of fields and forests serve as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding, and encourage stewardship of the environment. In addition to the wildlife clinic, the center offers an environmental art program, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs for all ages, including Nature Preschool.