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Winter Lecture Series: The Healing Power of Nature

Sunday, January 5 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 5 3:00 pm


A scientist visits a hospital’s nursery to spray pinene, the chemical that gives pine its scent. The babies, who haven’t yet been outside, immediately calm, their blood pressure lowering. Patients who see a tree outside their room get better faster than those who don’t. Nature heals. To take advantage of this, Philadelphia pediatricians are working with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education staff to prescribe nature time. So, what is the mounting evidence? And what are nature centers doing in response? Mike Weilbacher, director of the Schuylkill Center, presents the surprising evidence, plus an overview of pioneering programs his and other centers are developing.

Naturalist Mike Weilbacher is the executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia’s Roxborough section. An award-winning environmental educator for 40 years, Weilbacher writes a weekly column for the Roxborough Review and is well known to public radio listeners as “Mike the All-Natural Science Guy” on the award-winning live children’s radio show, “Kid’s Corner” on WXPN.



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Fees: Members $10; Non-members: $15

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes on January 3, 2020; to register after this date, please call our Visitor Center at 215.862.2924.

This lecture is part of our annual Winter Lecture Series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife. All lectures are held in the Preserve’s Visitor Center auditorium. This is a very popular series, so sign up early to ensure your place. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

Purchase a punch card for all eight lectures, get 20% off!

Members: $64, Non-members: $96

Each series punch card ticket entitles the holder to one admission per lecture. Purchase your full series  by calling the Preserve at (215) 862-2924 or coming in person prior to the first lecture. You will receive your series punch card at the first lecture you attend. Seating for all lectures is general admission; arrive early to get the seat of your choice.

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