Robbins Park is a unique joint venture between Upper Dublin School District and Upper Dublin Township. Founded in 1975 on land that was donated to the township by the Cheston and Robbbins families and the Westrum Builders. It currently supports 25 different programs and activities for outdoor environmental education. Our mission is to empower our students and community to be lifelong stewards of the environment.

Robbins Park Environmental Education Center began as a dream in 1970. Science students and faculty saw the need for an undisturbed area within the township
to carry out environmental education programs. There was also the desire to build an attitude of ecological concern within the community. Through negotiations between
Upper Dublin School District and Township, the Robbins Park area was chosen because of its accessibility to our schools, and its relatively undisturbed state. The School District and Township joined together to provide funds to support and develop Robbins Park.

“It is our hope that this valuable and irreplaceable parkland can be set aside to preserve the unique primitive features which
presently exist. In an age when the awareness of environmental problems and concerns for most of our citizens is just beginning,
we could become a leader. By providing an environmental park land area within our own community boundaries, we could insure
that present and future citizens would have both a learning tool and a retreat to nature close at hand”.

The original proposal for Robbins Park, March 1974. In 1974, trails were cleared and chipped throughout the 38 acre forest. All materials were donated, and work was done by high school students. In April, 1975 the park was dedicated as an environmental study center. The work did not end with the dedication. A log cabin kit was constructed by teachers and students to celebrate the Bicentennial. It was the first extended classroom. The pond was reinforced and restored. (It was re-dredged in 1999.) An historic springhouse, dating back to the 1750's, was reconstructed. In the front three acre field, a teaching garden was established. In 1989 Cheston Center was built to serve as the main classroom. Once the Cheston Center was built with heat,electric and bathrooms, it allowed Sara Smith (the second director) to develop the school curriculum to a year around program. This has carried over to today's set up, where all grades come to the park three or four times per year. In 1996, a showcase was added, honoring Dr. William Ritter, Founder and Director. Eagle Scouts use the park for many projects. Each Thursday afternoon you will find the Delaware Valley Woodcarvers here, creating beautiful crafts.

We promote conservation of non-renewable resources, and provide information for reusing and recycling materials. Come and see rain barrels in use, composting, passive and active solar power, organic, sustainable vegetable garden, and natural succession meadow.

Robbins Park is open daily, dawn to dusk for hiking, picnics, and birding. (Sorry, no pets!) Come visit our bird blind, handicap trail and pond observation deck. Look for more articles of community interest soon!

For more information, call (215) 641.0921 robbinspark@gmail.com
Membership in Friends of Robbins Park will help preserve this gem! Donations may be
Made to: FORP, 1419 E. Butler Pk., Ambler,Pa.19002 FORP21012@gmail.com