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.

2023 Programs 
* All Programs are free and welcome all ages unless noted*

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.

Wildlife Walk Around
1:00 pm on Sunday April 30th, May 14th, June 25th, July 23rd, August 20th & September 17th
Join Park Staff to take an hour long, guided tour to learn about our resident animals. Visitors will learn interesting facts about each of the animals and how they ended up at the park. All Ages. Pre-registration is required. Weather permitting. Participants should be prepared for sloped/uneven terrain. Meet by the goat.
Suggested Donation: $2 per person

Hop On Over
Friday March 31st at 10:00 am  
Hop on over to the park to meet and learn about the park’s resident rabbits! Visitors will learn the difference between wild and domestic rabbits, a hands-on activity and a craft will be included in the fun. For children ages 3-7.  Pre-registration is required; space is limited. 
Suggested Donation: $4 per person

Happy Birthday Margeaux! 
Saturday April 15th at 11:00 am  
Margeaux, our resident bobcat, is turning 11 this year! Join us to celebrate her birthday and learn all about bobcat habitat, diet and behaviors! We’ll make treats for the birthday girl, as well as a craft to take home. For children ages 3-7. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Weather permitting.
Suggested Donation: $4 per person

Quillie the Porcupine eating his favorite snack!