Discover Nature at GVNC!
Great Valley Nature Center is a 501c3, non-profit environmental education center with a mission to foster an appreciation and understanding of the natural world and to promote a sense of responsibility for its care. We accomplish this mission by providing environmental education programs and outdoor recreational experiences.
Thomas J. Pascocello
Board of Directors
The GVNC Bird of Prey Center
Since its establishment in 1998, the Bird of Prey Center, a residence for permanently injured, non-releasable raptors, has served as a crucial component of the Great Valley Nature Center and its environmental education curriculum. Through programs that utilize the current 14 raptors, Nature Center educators have been able to address and provide instruction on many environmental subjects including bird of prey identification and natural history, species endangerment, habitat loss, animals as bio-indicators, and environmental health issues that effect both humans and raptors, such as West Nile disease.
In the Program’s 17-year history, more than 110,000 students and community members have received instruction about our birds and the important roles they have in the wild. The bird of prey collection teaches school children and community visitors that raptors occupy a position at the top of the food chain, making them prime indicators of the health of the environment.
The Environmental Education Center
Great Valley Nature Center's Education Center houses a number of animals for viewing. Visitors can learn about animal behaviors and habitats. A number of different reptiles call the Nature Center their home, including box turtles, snakes, chinchillas, rabbits, and even a tarantula.
How do animals come to GVNC's Bird of Prey Center or Education Center?
Animals come to GVNC from wildlife rehabilitation centers locally and across the country. When a wild animal is injured and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center, the center will try to fix the injury, then determine if the animal will be able to hunt and survive in the wild once again. Animals that are determined unable to survive on their own will often times go to zoos and to nature centers, like GVNC. Our animals are cared for by GVNC staff and our dedicated core of volunteers. The animals' veterinary care is provided by Malvern Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Joseph Hyduke and his staff.
What to do if you find an injured animal...
Great Valley Nature Center is unable to provide assistance with injured wildlife. If you have discovered an injured animal, please contact one of these local organizations:
Schuylkill Wildlife Rehab Clinic Roxborough, PA (215) 482-8217
AARK Bucks County (215) 968-4963
Diamond Rock Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Malvern, PA - Mammals: (610) 240-0883
Tri State Bird Rescue Newark, DE - all birds: (302) 737-9543
Chester County Game Commission Deer: 610-926-3136
Employment and Interning at GVNC
Environmental Education Internship (Spring/Fall)
Our internship experience offers a comprehensive understanding of many aspects of the environmental education field. Internships are offered throughout the year.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Internship Benefits include:
Weekly stipend, teacher training and experience, arrangement for college credit, outdoor adventure opportunities (kayaking, canoeing, camping, etc.)
College student or graduate, interested in science, education, communication, environmental or related fields. Interested working with children and the public. Enjoy being in the outdoors.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Lynn Elliott, Intern Coordinator
Great Valley Nature Center, P.O. Box 82, Devault, PA 19432. Please call (610) 935-9777 or email for further information.
2017 Summer Camp Counselor Positions - Check back soon!
Do you enjoy working with children ages 4-14 years of age? Are you a team player? Do you enjoy spending your time outdoors? We are looking for Counselors. We have Camp Counselor paid positions (minimum age 18) available. All counselors must complete the 3 week counselor training course that includes certification in basic first aid training and CPR. For more information: Call 610-935-9777.
Resumes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to: PO Box 82, Devault, PA 19432