Exploring Philly Nature

A Guide for All Four Seasons

Bernard S. Brown, Illustrations by Samantha Wittchen
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PB: $17.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2121-0
Publication: Jul 22

Ebook: $17.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2122-7
Publication: Jul 22

211 pages
5.5 x 8.5
131 color photos

A handy guide for all ages to Philly's urban plants, animals, fungi, and—yes—even slime molds


Do snakes and salamanders fascinate you or make you squeamish? Have you ever listened closely to the birds chirping in your neighborhood? Can you identify the flowers growing in Philadelphia’s urban parks? (Moreover, are the mushrooms safe to eat?) Exploring Philly Nature is amateur naturalist, urban herper,* and Grid contributor Bernard Brown’s handy guide to experiencing the flora and fauna in Philly.

This compact illustrated volume contains 52 activities from birding, (squirrel) fishing, and basement bug-hunting to joining a frog call survey and visiting a mussel hatchery. Brown encourages kids (as well as their parents) to connect with the natural world close to home. Each entry contains information on where and when to participate, what you will need (even if it is only patience), and tips on clubs and organizations to contact for access.

The city and its environs contain a multitude of species from the lichen that grows on gravestones or trees to nocturnal animals like opossums, bats, and raccoons. Exploring Philly Nature is designed to get readers eager to discover, observe, and learn more about the concrete jungle that is Philadelphia.

*people who recreationally seek out reptiles and amphibians

About the Author(s)

Bernard S. Brown is a nature writer for Grid magazine, co-host of the Urban Wildlife Podcast, and cofounder of the local nature hub PhillyNature.org.