Fern Hollow Nature Center is a place where individuals, groups and families can come to enjoy the outdoors. It is the gateway to the area park system, a place where people can come to understand the environment through educational programs for adults and children and through the appreciative use of the area. Programs are both organized and spontaneous. Understanding becomes the first step toward protection.
Fern Hollow Nature Center works with all local preschools, the Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley School District, and Montessori Schools in both Sewickley and Bellevue. In 2009, Fern Hollow signed a contract with Quaker Valley for programming for their students in order to meet the new standards for environmental education. The programs offered are geared towards preschool and elementary school students and include nature walks, scientific studies in area creeks, community service activities, and environmental studies. Current programming includes programs on Pennsylvania wildlife and habitat, geology, local watersheds and much more.
I've been active with other non profits, but Fern Hollow Nature Center is extremely active educational center for the whole family. From the board of directors, limited staff,and massive volunteers this program makes a difference to the community of Sewickley and surrounding areas. This nature center seems like an educational community center where they have repeat members year after year. my son who is 5 yrs old just went on a night hike to learn about frogs, toads,and salamanders and he could not stop sharing what he learned to others over the last 4 days and he thought being up past his bedtime in the dark was supercool too! Their programs are hands on activities, fun and educational rolled up in one. All the public and private schools in the area for all ages include Fern Hollow Nature Center in their studies which shows the respect and how valued this non- profit organization is to all of us. This center should be a model for other communities.