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Welcome to Robbins Park Environmental Education Center!
1419 E. Butler Pk Ambler PA 19002 (across from Meetinghouse Rd & Temple Ambler)
This 38 acre township park and nature preserve is open to the community during daylight hours for trail hiking, picnicking, and plant and animal observation.
Our chipped trails are friendly to all ages and fitness levels, including a one mile paved trail that is handicap accessible.
The park now offers 10 interpretive "Each One Teach One" signs, created by Sara Smith in 2009. Each sign displays environmental concepts, facts and messages for each of us to pass on to someone else. Come explore our forest, historic spring house and man made pond. Walk along the north branch of the Rose Valley Creek as it flows to the Wissahickon. The park is also a drop off site for Abitibi paper recycling and Capri-Sun drink pouches (to benefit FORP). **All township rules apply www.upperdublin.net
Maps are also available at the park
Culminating Project of Temple Graduate Student
Keith Maung-Douglass, Landscape Design & Restoration.
Read background info about
Robbins Park and some proposed, sustainable ideas for the future.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE PARK?
Have you been getting your "Vitamin N" lately??
Richard Louv (
) has studies on the physical, mental and social benefits of getting out in nature. Come out to get your nature fill
and look for wild animals and birds throughout the different habitats of The Park. Just to name a few, we recently have seen juncos, cedar wax wings,
pileated woodpecker, red belly and downy woodpeckers, deer, fox, chipmunks, squirrels, hawks, snakes, frogs, fish, turtles and many songbirds.
* NEW NATIVE PLANTINGS*
Thanks to our volunteers Glenn Meyer, Cindy Nuss and UD High school community study students for removing over powering exotic species around the pavilion. Our staff and volunteers (Bob Clapham, Mary and Jorge Rodriguez, John Totten) have been planting new native shrubs to enhance your surrounding views, restore the Park and attract wildlife. Aside from the manual labor we thank the Maple Glen Garden Club and the Friends of Robbins Park for the monetary donations!
If you have been to The Park lately, perhaps you have seen our TOTEM POLE's new facelift.
A BIG THANK YOU to Wolf Construction
(who are alum, staff and students in the district) who set-up and donated the scaffolding to make this preservation project possible. This is the last of the three original totem poles that were hand carved by the
Delaware Valley Woodcarvers Association members. This particular totem pole was dedicated in 1998.
Materials for this project were donated by The Friends of Robbins Park.
Summer programs are through Upper Dublin Township Parks and Rec Department
The Storybook Walk: Come read a story in the woods!
*STORYBOOK WALK* at Robbins Park
We will have the latest STORYBOOK WALK, available for your enjoyment, --->
Check back in the Spring!
The first sign will begin at the base of the parking lot. Sponsored by The Friends of Robbins Park.
The "StoryWalk Project" was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier VT
INCORPORATE NATURE & TECHNOLOGY
Link to 19 Nature APPs_mothernaturenetwork
National Wildlife Federation
GET "IN" on the "BE OUT THERE" CAMPAIGN
Take the Pledge
Nature & kids Facts.pdf
What is Environmental Education
Environmental education (EE) teaches children and adults how to learn about and investigate their environment, and to make intelligent, informed decisions about how they can take care of it.
EE is taught in traditional classrooms, in communities, and in settings like nature centers, museums, parks, and zoos. Learning about the environment involves many subjects—earth science, biology, chemistry, social studies, even math and language arts—because understanding how the environment works, and keeping it healthy, involves knowledge and skills from many disciplines.
EE works best when it is taught in an organized sequence. In schools, EE often reflects state and national learning standards. "Done right," EE not only leads to environmentally literate people, but also helps increase student academic achievement.
Environmentally literate* persons know:
• That their daily choices affect the environment, • How those choices can help or harm the environment, and • What they need to do—individually or as part of a community—to keep the environment healthy and sustain its resources, so that people enjoy a good quality of life for themselves and their children. Environmental literacy* promotes human health:
• Clean air reduces the incidence of asthma and certain cancers. • Clean water prevents infectious diseases.> • Sustainable farming means nutrient-rich soil and healthier food for everyone.
What do environmentally literate* people do? Environmentally literate people act on their beliefs. This might mean:
• Buying "green" products for the household • Using natural alternatives to pesticides—like marigolds—to protect gardens • Attending community meetings to discuss complex issues like whether to build a new stadium, rehab the old one, or use the land in an altogether new way such as for public parks or playgrounds.
IT'S TIME FOR
THIS LINK SPARKS SOME INTEREST ABOUT THE THINGS AROUND YOU & POTENTIAL PROJECTS and how to use the Scientific Method--Yahoo!
5th grade help for poster setup if being judged
to see what's ahead for high school
Feel free to contact Ms. Fantini with any questions about your projects! See you at your Science Fair!
DID YOU KNOW.....
Upper Dublin Township is a certified BIRDTOWN!!
What does that mean?
Bird Town is a working partnership of Audubon and municipalities in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and community-based actions to create a healthy, more sustainable environment for birds and people. You can sign your yard up!
Audubon provides the tools for the municipality to engage their residents, schools and businesses in making more ecologically-friendly decisions, conserving energy and in the process, saving money. A Bird Town makes efforts to restore valuable ecosystem services to create a culture of conservation where everyone is a potential steward of nature in their backyard and beyond.
Catch up from past newsletters:
Aug 2014 BT.pdf
Sept 2014 BT.pdf
Oct Nov 2014 Birdtown.pdf
Holmes Cabin Demolished (June 2012)
In celebration of this icon of Upper Dublin, we are asking you to contribute to our archives any photos, fond memories or testimonials. Don't forget kids this could be a great school project- history, interviews, paintings, models-- Thank you!
June Article in Ambler Gazette
Cabin Comes Down, but Programs remain
Other recent articles:
Brief History RPEEC
Park of the Week
Reservations for Non-School District Programs via Upper Dublin Township:
Birthday and Nature Parties
Group Use Form
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