Great Valley Nature Center
Great Valley Nature Center provides environmental education at its large, historic facilities. The center takes in injured birds of prey that can be sponsored by community members. GVNC features programs for elementary students and presents at community events.
The center also sponsors trips to regional parks and more, such as Hawk Mountain, Cape May and Chincoteague Island. GVNC hosts Girl Scout and Boy Scout overnights and badge programs. Two annual events, the Raptor Run in July and a golf tournament, help support the center. Membership to GVNC costs $40 to $500 depending on the level. All levels of membership receive free admission to more than 500 science museums and botanical gardens throughout the world.
- Fax: 610-935-0130
- Hours: Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm; Sun, closed
- Handicap Accessible: No
- Founding Date: 1974
- Ticket information: The entrance fee is $2, but it's free to members of Great Valley Nature Center and members of Association of Science - Technology Centers and the American Horticultural Society.
- Buy tickets online [link]: www.gvnc.org/membership.html
- Private parties: Yes
- Alcohol served: No
- Coat/bag check: No
- Parking: Free lot
- Restrictions: No pets
- What makes this community special?: Great Valley Nature Center takes in wounded birds of prey and features nature activities for the whole family.
- Payments accepted: Cash, Personal Check
- Discounts: Group/family
- Membership info: Membership benefits include getting access to more than 500 museums and gardens worldwide.
- Private events: Yes
- Are there any interesting facts about this location?: In addition to birthday parties, the center has hosted a few weddings and Boy Scout and Girl Scout overnights.
- Services: Restrooms, Tours
- Restrictions: No alcohol, No pets
- Wi-Fi: None
- Area: 10.5 acres
- Number of trails: 2
- Trail types: Hiking
- Scenic views: Yes
- What is the best time of year and day to explore the trails?: Spring, summer, fall
- What is an interesting historical or little known fact about this town?: It's part of the Pickering Watershed, and Lenape artifacts have been found on the site. The building is from the late 1700s, while the farmhouse was built in the 1800s.
- Guided tours?: Yes
- Guided tour languages: English
- Audio tours?: No
- Gift shop: No
- Cameras allowed?: Yes
- Membership levels: Family, Individual