Green Acres

Green Acres

For a self-described “ecology geek” like our all-natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher, the chance to direct the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education—Northwest Philly’s 340-acre green treasure—is a dream realized. Formerly executive director of Lower Merion Conservancy and, for the last year, Abington’s Briar Bush Nature Center, Mike loves his post, creating new programming that will attract both children and adults to what he refers to as the “Mother Ship” of local nature centers.

Mike has been with Kids Corner since the start - he was our very first guest back in 1988! With his leadership, Kids Corner has been able to help kids become citizens that are capable of wrestling with the complicated environmental issues they’re going to get as adults. Plus, studies show that kids who grow up connected to nature are smarter, more emotionally grounded, calmer, more resilient; there’s just unbelievable benefits for children growing up with an immersion in nature. Join Mike every 2nd Thursday on Kids Corner.

Our all-natural science guy Mike Weilbacher from the Schuylkill Center joins Kathy in the Kids Corner studio to play a game of Science Potpourri ... you can play along at home! 

Here's part one of Mike's recent visit...

 

And here's part two...

Our all-natural science guy Mike Weilbacher (executive director at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education) joins Kathy O'Connell for another round of all-natural Science Potpourri - enjoy part one and two below!

Our all-natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher takes us on a journey through the Arctic wild - what animals will we see? How do they survive in the cold tundra of the north pole region? 

Each month our all-natural science guy Mike Weilbacher joins us to explore the world around us. In November Mike explained just what the Food Chain is with Kathy.

Our all-natural science guy Mike Weilbacher has had a life-long fascination with dinosaurs - so who better to introduce us to some lesser known dinosaurs ... listen below!

Each month our all-natural science guy Mike Weilbacher joins us to explore the world around us. In October Mike took us on a walk to explore trees in autumn.

This past spring this baby blue jay, likely having fallen from his nest, was brought into the Wildlife Clinic at the Schuylkill Center of Environmental Education. The people who found him couldn’t locate the nest to return him, and so they brought him to the clinic. For the next few weeks, this little blue jay has had many people involved in his care, from dedicated volunteers to our wildlife rehabilitators. Raising a songbird baby can be a real challenge, with a particular diet, a special nest to ensure his legs grow straight, and regular feedings until he’s old enough to feed himself. At the clinic we are careful to make sure the blue jay does not become tame or imprinted, so he can be released into the wild once he’s old enough.

Read the entire story - and see pictures - by visiting THIS LINK