The Discovery Center opens in Fairmount Park

Located on the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, The Discovery Center is home for two organizations.

Mike Dougherty
September 28, 2018 - 5:32 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There's a brand new attraction in Fairmount Park that is sure to please nature lovers. Friday marked the grand opening of The Discovery Center.

Located on the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, The Discovery Center is home for two organizations. 

"People are going to come out here and learn about birds," said David Yarnold, president of the Audubon Society, "and they're going to learn about being adventuresome in nature."

The Discovery Center
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Barbed wire fences have restricted access to the reservoir for 50 years, but visitors are free to explore.

Outward Bound executive director Meg Wise says the outdoor climbing tower is the ultimate training facility.

"Climbing up a rock face, getting across a chasm, getting down a rock face," Wise said. "This is the place to practice the skills you need to do those sort of expedition activities."