Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
About the Park
The Schuylkill River in Upper Providence Township forms a natural backdrop to this educational display of wild animals and raptors indigenous to Pennsylvania. In one visit to the park’s Wildlife Center, you can see raccoons, foxes, wolves, rabbits, a bald eagle, a bobcat, a variety of owls, hawks, turkeys and an assortment of farm animals. A seasonal butterfly garden will delight all ages, while a permanent exhibit entitled The Schuylkill Wilds features creatures found in and around the Schuylkill River. Turtles, frogs, fish, snakes, and an opossum are on view throughout this indoor space.
Picnicking and fishing are popular along the river, and a carry-in boat ramp allows easy access for non-motorized boats. An accessible fishing pier allows everyone to enjoy this lovely location.
Fun events for the family, especially young children, happen throughout the year. Group tours and field trips are welcomed, but prior arrangements are needed. Call the office to schedule your group trip. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Because outside animals are disturbing to our wildlife, please leave your pet at home when you visit the park. Service animals are, of course, welcome.
The Schuylkill East Trail is a natural surface trail which connects Lock 60 in Mont Clare to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park along the Schuylkill River. This trail, less than 2 miles, is a bird lover’s paradise. It is accessible from the lower parking lot at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park. It is mainly flat. The trail is subject to river conditions during flooding events.
To register for a program, send an email to UpperSchuylkillValley@montcopa.org. In your email include the program you are registering for, the number of adults/children attending and best way to contact you.
January 27th - Birds of USVP
February 10th - Sugar the Skunk
February 24th - Fun with Foxes
Too cold to go outside this winter? Stay warm at home while seeing our animals up close! Every other Friday in the months of January and February join us on Facebook/YouTube for an inside look at our wild residents. A link to an activity will also be available for you to do at home!
Find our virtual programs by visiting our Facebook Page
Join us as we share fun and interesting facts about snakes and turtles during a live animal presentation with the resident reptiles at the park. All Ages. Pre-registration is required; space is limited.
Come to the park to learn about this beneficial, beautiful insect, the ladybug. Visitors will learn about the life cycle of this beetle and many more interesting facts. This program will include a craft to make and take home. For children ages 3-7. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Weather permitting.
Come and help us celebrate this amazing little insect, the butterfly. This annual program will include information on tagging, feeding and raising butterflies. There will be hands-on activities for the kids and much more. If the weather allows, we will be releasing the tagged monarchs at the end of the program so they can begin their migration south. All ages, registration is not required. Weather permitting.
Come and meet the park’s resident raccoons, Wallace and Zorro! Visitors will learn about the diet, habitat and behaviors of this mischievous creature. This event will include a craft to make and take home. For children ages 3-7; Pre-registration is required. Weather permitting.
Visit the park to meet and learn all about the resident owls! Visitors will learn about each of the owls’ characteristics, vocalizations and more. A craft will be included. For children ages 3-7. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Weather permitting.
Enjoy the park at night illuminated by the light of the moon. Visitors will learn all about our nocturnal residents, such as habits, vocalizations and more! Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Weather permitting; dress for temperature and bring flashlights. Participants should be prepared for sloped/uneven terrain.
Join us as we take a look at our wild turkey friends. Visitors will learn all about their vocalizations, display behaviors, diet, habitat and more! A hands-on activity and craft will be all part of the fun! All ages. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Dress for the temperature. Weather permitting.