The Enchanted Forest, the annual garden party fundraiser for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, was held on Friday, May 17, 2019.
The Enchanted Forest provides much-needed support for the center’s mission to provide nature-based education to local students, preserve and restore this urban green space, and care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.
Supporters protect and preserve 340 acres of trails, meadows, woodlands, streams, and ponds for generations to come – the very places where kids play, wildlife roams and wildflowers bloom.
The evening included live jazz; local beer, wine, and cocktails; dinner and hors d'oeuvres; and a silent auction and raffle with prizes geared to nature and wildlife lovers.
Sponsors were invited to an exclusive preview of Aglow, a new indoor/outdoor exhibition by environmental artist Aurora Robson, who is world-renowned for her spectacularly colorful sculptures made of plastic debris.
This year's event honored Harry Weiss, partner and leader of the Environment and Natural Resources Group of Ballard Spahr. A trustee from 2000–2007 and board president from 2005–2007, Harry was instrumental in establishing the protected, living collection of native plant species known as Penn’s Native Acres. He also helped secure the center’s property under conservation easement, preserving our land in perpetuity.