- Images by Kendon Photography
Pennypack Environmental Center has been educating the Philadelphia area for many years about our natural environment and the creatures that live alongside us. Opened in 1958 as a bird sanctuary, the Pennypack Environmental Center has grown over the years to include an amphitheater, outdoor campfire, picnic areas, educational exhibits, and a reference library.
One little-known part of the center is a demonstration kitchen that teaches kids how to make maple syrup straight from the trees in the park. The kitchen and reception areas were in need of a renovation to strengthen their outreach programs for the surrounding community. New cabinets were designed for the kitchen to help store materials and supplies that are required for daily operation and for group activities. New energy-efficient appliances and ventilation replaced equipment that was near the end of their life cycle.
New plastic laminate base cabinets and Corian countertops are in the kitchen and reception areas and tie the two adjacent areas together while keeping close to the overall natural look of the Environmental Center. Wood reclaimed from the reception walls and partial height wall was re-purposed into a new display board featuring ceramic tiles, which had been painted by children from a summer camp program.
We are excited about this renovation and the opportunity to enhance the center to assist the Pennypack Environmental Center and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation in the educational programs that they provide to the public.