5 top spots to get active outdoors
1 SCHUYKILL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Tucked away on Hagy's Mill Road, off Henry Avenue, this is a great Philly spot to explore the natural world. The center offers year-round programming for children and adults.
8480 Hagys Mill Road, trails open daily from dawn to dusk, 215-482-7300, schuylkillcenter.org
2 WISSAHICKON ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Northwest Philly's 7-mile slice of heaven offers hiking trails, bird watching and other fun outdoor activities.
Parallels the Wissahickon Creek from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk, trails open daily from dawn to dusk, 215-247-0417, fow.org
3 AWBURY ARBORETUM
East Germantown's hidden gem, with meadow and wetland trails, is free and open daily for exploration.
1 Awbury Road, open from dawn to dusk, 215-849-2855, awbury.org
4 RIVERBEND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Another local treasure, located just outside Philadelphia. Activities include day and night hikes.
1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne, 610-527-5234, riverbendeec.org
5 BRIAR BUSH NATURE CENTER
If you're lucky, you'll see an American bald eagle soaring overhead as you walk at this delightful Abington spot.
1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, trails open daily dawn to dusk, 215-887-6603, briarbush.org