"This is my sanctuary, an oasis in the rush and clamor of urban life. This is my retreat, a haven of marsh, woods and wildlife, where my spirit is refreshed. This is my refuge." -Kim Sheridan, Refuge Volunteer
Eastwick / SouthWest Philly
Public Refuge / Park
Nature & Wildlife Preserve, Eco-Progressive
"The old fields, woods, streams, and wetlands found in John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum had been, as recently as 1960, targeted for industrial expansion. Those plans were changed in 1972 when in response to intensive grassroots efforts by local citizens, Congress passed legislation which put the future of these lands into the hands of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; these 1,200 acres would become a National Wildlife Refuge, and this refuge would become the nation’s very first National Environmental Center." Click to read more
"Nestled in the urban setting of Philadelphia, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicumis America’s First Urban Refuge. It was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat." The Refuge does well not just in defending & preserving but promoting and even making it a part of your daily life.
Their website and social media reflect the serenity of the refuge while also highlighting the activities which add to your life while helping to enrich the life within the preserved grounds.
While they have had to curtail some of their operations during Covid, by and large The Friends of The Heinze Refuge have maintained a steady stream of interesting events, classes and activities.
"Over 150,000 people visit the refuge annually for environmental education programs, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, archery, fishing, and other outdoor recreation. The Heinz Refuge programs meet the Standards of Excellence for Urban National Wildlife Refuges by educating and engaging youth, engaging neighboring communities, creating corridors to nature, and bring nature into the city."
Whether you need to get the heck out of the house or want to make your dwelling a bit more earthy, check out the link to their site and start exploring.
While I really miss (and hope to eventually get back to) Shakespeare in the park, Movie Nights, watching dozens of dogs tango and toss about I am in no rush as we navigate these times together. I encourage you to check out Clark Park whether or not you have before, see how it's dealing in this and see how you can help or be helped.