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 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 a possum 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.

2022 programs through December
* All Programs are free and welcome all ages unless noted*


Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 pm
Frog Frolic 

Hop on over to the park to learn about our local frogs. A live animal presentation will be followed by a short hike to our pond in search of these amazing ampibians. 

Pre-registration is required. Click this link to sign up. Space is limited. Wear old footwear that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Weather permitting.  

Saturday, August 27th at 10:00 am to 12:00pm

Annual Butterfly Celebration

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 release the tagged monarchs at the end of the program so they can begin their migration south. 

Suggested donation $4 per person. Weather permitting. 

Saturday, Septmeber 10th at 11:00 am
Interesting Insects 

Come hear our exciting guest share his world of interesting insects. The park will be hosting a representative from Ryan Bridge the Bug Man who will be displaying and talking about all types of fascinating insects. 

Pre-registration is required. Click this link to sign up. Space is limited. Weather permitting. 

Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00 am    
It's the Wolf!

Bring the family and join us at the park for a puppet show. Tucker’s Tales puppet theatre will be performing “It’s The Wolf”. You won’t want to miss the fun! 

Pre-registration is required. Click this link to sign up. Space is limited. Weather permitting.  

Friday, November 4th at 5:30 pm & Saturday, November 5th at 5:30 pm    
By the Light of the Moon

Visit Upper Schuylkill Valley Park and enjoy a moonlit tour of the resident animals. Visitors will learn about their evening habits and hopefully hear the sounds of our nocturnal and night-hunting friends. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. 

Equally great for adults and kids. Pre-registration is required. Click this link to sign up. Space is limited. Weather permitting. Visitors should dress for the temperature and bring flashlights

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

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Quille the Porcupine eating his favorite snack!