Outward Bound Currently Serves over 5,000 Students Per Year in Over 65 Schools in the Philadelphia Area.

Audubon PA Currently Serves 15,000 participants in programs and events in the Philadelphia region. Of this number, 9,000 are youth.

The Discovery Center

This groundbreaking venture by two of our most beloved organizations will be a national model for partnership and collaboration, reaching more than 15,000 students per year in Audubon’s programs for 6- to 12-year-olds and Outward Bound’s programs for 12- to 18-year-olds. The Center will protect a unique habitat rarely found in a major urban area and will provide education and adventure programs that inspire self-discovery, foster personal achievement, and build community across Philadelphia.

Help Our Youth Take Flight

The Discovery Center will serve as the base of operations for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, a chartered affiliate of the nation’s preeminent provider of active learning expeditions. Outward Bound maintains long-established programs in over 60 public, charter and private schools in the Philadelphia area and currently serves more than 4,500 students annually, changing lives through challenge and discovery. In its new home, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School will attract a greater number of community and regional partners to its world-renowned leadership development programs. The Discovery Center will expand Outward Bound’s reach across the Delaware Valley region to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA and NJ state forests and parks.

The National Audubon Society will use The Discovery Center as a facility for research and science-based conservation projects and educational programs throughout the Philadelphia region. Audubon will engage individuals and communities by offering the resources and tools necessary to analyze, preserve and restore our natural environment. Audubon education programs will challenge both young people and adults through hands-on exploration of the natural world in their own backyards and neighborhoods. The Discovery Center will also allow visitors to connect to Audubon’s national and international conservation initiatives, serving as a major migratory stopover on the Atlantic Flyway for nearly 200 species of birds and as a premier destination for bird watching throughout the region.