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Meadow Mansions Exhibit

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Designing Homes for Fairmount Park’s Winged Residents


Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Sunday, October 30, 2016


10:00am - 4:00pm


Mount Pleasant Mansion
3800 Mt Pleasant Dr
Philadelphia, 19121

In the rooms of historic Mount Pleasant, the stunning 18th Century mansion of ship captain John Macpherson, artists and designers will interpret the theme of “home.” They will create structures to help attract birds to the adjoining meadow of East Fairmount Park and raise awareness about these critical habitats. These newly designed bird houses will then be installed in the Fairmount Park system’s meadows to entice nesting species and serve as sign-posts for park visitors reminding them that the meadows host families of birds, among other creatures and the importance of these ecosystems.

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Exhibition Opening
Mount Pleasant Mansion, 3800 Mount Pleasant Drive
Thursday, October 13th, 2016  6-8pm

Exhibition Viewing Hours through October 30th:
Friday, October 14, 3-6pm
Saturday – Sunday, October 15-16: 10am-4pm
Tuesday, October 18: 5-8pm (Artists Discussion)
Friday, October 21, 3-6pm
Saturday – Sunday, October 22-23: 10am-4pm
Friday, October 28, 3-6pm
Saturday – Sunday, October 29-30: 10am-4pm

Special Events

Tuesday, October 18th , 6-7:30pm
A Conversation with the Artists: Moderated by Roberta Fallon, artist, writer and co-founder, the artblog

Registration Encouraged

Saturday, October 22nd , 9am
Bird Walk with Keith Russell, Program Manager of Urban Conservation, Audubon Pennsylvania
Discover migratory and resident birds in Fairmount Park on this expertly guided bird walk.
One Hour
Registration encouraged (rgrech@audubon.org)

Saturday, October 22nd, 10am – 1pm
Family Activity: Dissecting Owl Pellets with Audubon Philadelphia
Stop by and learn first-hand about the feeding behaviors of native owls.  Attendees of all ages welcome – see if you can identify the skeletons found!

No registration required

The opening reception will be followed by a series of talks, walks and workshops in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and with Audubon Pennsylvania, which is making its home in East Fairmount Park together with Outward Bound Philadelphia at the new Discovery Center, set to open in 2018.