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“great for kids and adults -- good hiking and learning here”

Pocono Environmental Education Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Where Learning Comes Naturally! The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is the perfect place for learning, exploring, getting away, and connecting. With 6 hiking trails, weekend educational programs, and summer camp, PEEC is a great place for nature lovers of all ages, families, friends, photographers, youth and adult groups, scouts, students, and teachers. An independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PEEC is the education partner of the National Park Service in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. PEEC's mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park.
philadelphia
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88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“great for kids and adults -- good hiking and learning here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Found this online and went here for a few hikes, but also went into the education center, which was terrific for teaching kids about habitats, the environment, nature, etc. We had a guide who was super-enthusiastic about her mission to teach kids to love and understand the great outdoors and she was really inspiring. We saw inside there a beaver's dam (no beaver) that kids could enter and see what it was like underneath, a bald eagle's nest (no eagle), interesting exhibits about the relative energy required to power different lights, fossils, animal tracks, etc. It was also small enough that it wouldn't be overwhelming for small kids.
There are a number of marked and not too challenging, yet interesting and pretty trails from this area. On one there were some small fossils kids could find in the rocks. Printed trail guides would describe different points of interest along the trail to teach people what to look for and what they were seeing.
We were really pleased we'd stopped. They also offer overnite visits fairly cheaply to groups of kids and adults, so perhaps we'll come back w/ a group.

Visited August 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Hike here!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

We hiked the Tumbling Waters Trail and the waterfall was amazing! It has 3 miles and we hiked it in under 2 hours with a baby on our back. Wear hiking shoes, as the trail can get rocky. The education center was nice and my daughter liked looking at the animals on display. We will definitely come back here to hike!!!

Visited June 2013
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Delhi, New York
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133 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“neat place, especially for kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

We made a brief visit on our way home. They weren't actually open yet but we looked around a bit. Place is really geared for kids. They have lots of trails which we hope to check out on our next visit.

Visited June 2013
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New Jersey
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“Great retreat place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

PEEC is dedicated to sustaining the environment of the Pocono area, with great education and nature programs. I was there as a director with Neat Retreats, we stayed in the exclusive Yurt Village, the award winning dining hall was able to accommodate all special nutrition requests, and the Nature Center provided us with an excellent spot for YOGA. Thank you, PEEC, we will be back...

Visited May 2013
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Milford,Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Great Place For Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

The center has a museum for kids where they can climb into a eagle nest and go into a beaver dam. There are plenty of trails to walk including a fossil trail that my grandchildren love. They also have great programs throughout the year.

Visited September 2012
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