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Cold Moon, Crackling Fire – SOLD OUT

Hildacy Preserve | Sat, December 22, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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This year’s winter solstice features a full December moon to light-up a cold night. Celebrate the celestial change with a hike under a bright sky, admiring deep shadows across frosty fields. After the walk, we’ll gather around a crackling campfire with hot beverages to warm chilly fingers and toes.


Hildacy Preserve
1031 Palmers Mill Road
Media , PA 19063


December 22, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm

The former farm fields at Hildacy have been converted to meadows dominated by native grasses such as big and little bluestem, Indian-grass, and broom-sedge. Native warm- and cool-season grasses are particularly valuable as nesting areas and food sources for birds such as Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Eastern Bluebird—all of whose populations have been in decline nationally due to loss of habitat.

Crum Creek, a tributary to the Delaware River, meanders through the preserve. The creek is the leading drinking water source for Delaware County residents and was designated a “Special Protection Stream” by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. With help from volunteers and Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program, we have planted hundreds of trees along the edge of Crum Creek to improve water quality. Trees and other plants in this area filter the nutrients and sediments transported by surface and groundwater flowing into the creek. Native trees also provide shade and food that benefit fish and other aquatic species.

In 2001, we completed a renovation to our headquarters, including a large addition to the original farmhouse. Throughout the design and construction process, we were careful to minimize environmental impacts. A geothermal system takes advantage of the earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool the building, while the extensive use of glass and exterior shades allow us to reduce heating costs in the winter and lighting costs year-round.

  • Dress for the season and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring a flashlight, but use sparingly.
  • Please leave your four-legged friends at home.


Event is Sold Out. Check out our other events to plan your next adventure outside!

Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

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