The National Audubon Society (Audubon Pennsylvania) and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School are joining forces to save and sustain a vital part of our natural heritage in a unique partnership. Their missions converge in the East Park section of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park - just blocks from the neighborhood of Strawberry Mansion - where a century-old abandoned reservoir has become a unique wildlife sanctuary and an important stopover location for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. 



Help Our Youth Take Flight

The Discovery Center will serve as the base of operations for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, a chartered affiliate of the nation's preeminent provider of active learning expeditions. Outward Bound maintains long-established programs in over 60 public, charter and private schools in the Philadelphia area and currently serves more than 6,000 students annually, changing lives through challenge and discovery. In its new home, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School will attract a greater number of community and regional partners to its world-renowned leadership development programs. The Discovery Center will expand Outward Bound's reach across the Delaware Valley region to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA and NJ state forests and parks.

The National Audubon Society will use The Discovery Center as a facility for research and science-based conservation projects and educational programs throughout the Philadelphia region. Audubon will engage individuals and communities by offering the resources and tools necessary to analyze, preserve and restore out natural environment. Audubon education programs will challenge both young people and adults through hands-on exploration of the natural world in their own backyards and neighborhoods. The Discovery Center will also allow visitors to connect to Audubon's national and international conservation initiatives, serving as a major migratory stopover on the Atlantic Flyway for over 100 species of birds and as a premier destination for bird watching throughout the region.

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Thank You


To the generous organizations and individuals who have contributed to our campaign...


William Penn Foundation // Otto Haas Charitable Trust // Allerton Foundation // City of Philadelphia // Commonwealth of Pennsylvania // Mr. & Mrs. N. Peter Hamilton // The Knight Foundation // William and Laura Buck // 1830 Family Foundation // The Pew Charitable Trusts // The McCausland Foundation // Philadelphia Outward Bound School Board of Trustees // Marguerite & Gerry Lenfest // Jamie & Meg McLane // The McLean Contributionship // Connelly Foundation // Carol Haas Gravagno // Leslie Ann Miller & Richard Worley // Leo Model Foundation // The Stanley Family Fund // Drumcliff Foundation // William M. King Charitable Foundation // PA Commonwealth Financing Authority // Dr. George Ross Fisher III // Franny & Franny Abbott // Peter & Susan Wilmerding // Jon & Emily Conant // Jeremy & Susan Coote // Mill Spring Foundation // Arthur & Douglas Newbold // John & Elizabeth Shober // Michael & Tana Wall // Donald & Hether Smith // Robert & Susan Peck // Tim & Sandy Greenwood // Ed & Marcia Ruggero // Anonymous // Cindy & John Affleck // Charlie Thomson & Nancy Leon // Mark & Michelle Haslam // Phillies Charities // Joseph & Lynn Manko // Dr. Janice T. Gordon // Mrs. I.T. Starr // RK Mellon Foundation // Jeffrey & Krista Mitzak // Jack & Alicia Stoddard // Martin Guitar // Sharon Barr & Pete Hoskins // Douglas P. Coopersmith // Joanne Denworth // Jane C. MacElree // Rudolph Garcia // John Giordano // Nancy Goldenberg // Gregory Harvey // Peter Hearn // Howard & Barbara Meyers // Katie Newsom Pastuszek // Gloria Reisman // Howard Scher // David Scolnic // Langhorne & Marilyn Smith // Bryan & Jayme Colket // Philip & Carolyn Wallis // Braithwaite Communications // Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney // Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller


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Act Now

To donate by mail, please make checks payable to

EPLACC/The Discovery Center and mail to:

The Discovery Center

3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

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or call (610) 990-3431


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