DeLissio: $25K grant awarded to Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced a $25,000 grant awarded to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE), located within her 194th Legislative District, to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the agency’s 340-acre site in Philadelphia.

“The SCEE has been educating greater Philadelphia about the environment for more than 50 years,” DeLissio said, citing its Nature Preschool as the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and its groundbreaking NaturePHL nature prescription program having already been funded by two Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants.

The grant money for the 340-acre Master Site Development Plan would allow SCEE to:

  • Engage a landscape architecture/planning firm to assist in establishing better pedestrian and biking connections to the center.
  • Design re-use of three 19th century buildings on site.
  • Resolve its Wildlife Clinic’s need for new cages and perhaps a new building.
  • Re-envision the organization’s use of the land around its Visitor’s Center.

“These enhancements would allow the SCEE to better support and educate not only the residents of the 194th, but citizens throughout southeastern Pennsylvania,” DeLissio said. “What I personally like most about the SCEE is how they engage the community throughout the year, involving board members, volunteers, school children of all ages, and community groups.”

The grant was among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania DCNR on Thursday through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

The program assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here.