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Winter Solstice Hike

at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia PA

Dec 21 2022
Winter Solstice Hike

The new winter season begins at 4:47 p.m. on December 21, but what exactly happens at that moment?

Go on a lively walk through our winter forest, and learn the science of the season, like why “solstice” translates as “sun standing,” why mistletoe and holly are symbols of the December holidays, why light is central to these holidays, where all the insects go, and why birds migrate. Hikers will listen to legends and stories of solstice celebrations from many cultures that tried to explain winter. The hike ends at that magical moment when the sun stands still on the solstice.


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Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA

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