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For the first time in our nation’s history, two internationally acclaimed non-profit organizations—the National Audubon Society (Audubon Pennsylvania) and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School—are joining forces to save and sustain a vital part of our natural heritage in a unique partnership. Their missions converge in the East Park section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park—just blocks from the neighborhood of Strawberry Mansion—where a century-old abandoned water reservoir has become a unique wildlife sanctuary and an important stopover location for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway.

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Preserve a Hidden Oasis in the Heart of Our City.

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“How exciting for Philadelphia that The Discovery Center project brings the community together with the educational resources of Outward Bound and Audubon to reopen the East Park Reservoir for Outdoor Learning and Conservation. In this beautiful natural place, young people and adults will discover their potential while exploring this wonder of nature.”
Former Mayor Michael A. Nutter City of Philadelphia

Thank you to the generous organizations and individuals who have contributed to our campaign:

William Penn Foundation // Otto Haas Charitable Trust // Allerton Foundation // City of Philadelphia // Commonwealth of Pennsylvania // Mr. and Mrs. N. Peter Hamilton // The Knight Foundation // William and Laura Buck // 1830 Family Foundation // The McCausland Foundation // Philadelphia Outward Bound School Board of Trustees // Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest // Jamie and Meg McLane // The McLean Contributionship // Connelly Foundation // Carol Haas Gravagno // Leslie Ann Miller and Richard Worley // Leo Model Foundation // The Stanley Family Fund // Drumcliff Foundation // William M. King Charitable Foundation // PA Commonwealth Financing Authority // Dr. George Ross Fisher III // Franny and Franny Abbott // Peter and Susan Wilmerding // Jon and Emily Conant // Jeremy and Susan Coote // Mill Spring Foundation // Arthur and Douglass Newbold // John and Elizabeth Shober // Michael and Tana Wall // Donald and Hether Smith // Robert and Susan Peck // Tim and Sandy Greenwood // Ed and Marcia Ruggero // Anonymous // Cindy and John Affleck // Charlie Thomson and Nancy Leon // Mark and Michelle Haslam // Phillies Charities // Joseph and Lynn Manko // Dr. Janice T. Gordon // Mrs. I.T. Starr // RK Mellon Foundation // Jeffrey and Krista Mitzak // Jack and Alicia Stoddard // Martin Guitar // Sharon Barr and Pete Hoskins // Douglas P. Coopersmith // Joanne Denworth // Jane C. MacElree // Rudolph Garcia // John Giordano // Nancy Goldenberg // Gregory Harvey // Peter Hearn // Howard and Barbara Meyers // Katie Newsom Pastuszek // Gloria Reisman // Howard Scher // David Scolnic // Langhorne and Marilyn Smith // Bryan and Jayme Colket // Philip and Carolyn Wallis // Braithwaite Communications // Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney // Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Last updated March 4, 2016

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To donate by mail, please make checks payable to
EPLACC/The Discovery Center and mail to:
Attn: Jonathan Sipes, c/o Philadelphia Outward Bound School
3250 West Sedgley Drive / Philadelphia, PA 19130

For further information, contact:
Carrie Barron, Assistant Director/Communications Manager
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
443 315 3941