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Green Hills Preserve |
July 2, 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fireflies are among nature’s tiniest luminaries. They are special in their ability to light up and blink at one another. Experience the magic of Green Hills after dusk—when the preserve is ordinarily closed to visitors—to watch fireflies flicker and flit across the preserve’s rolling meadows. Local naturalist Mike Slater highlights flashy features of these unique, nocturnal insects.
Green Hills Preserve is a bucolic mixture of gently rolling farm fields, woodlands, and wetlands. A tributary to Allegheny Creek, a state-designated “Cold Water Fishery” stream, bisects the preserve.
The Preserve is situated within the Schuylkill Highlands, a region at the nexus of two landscapes that have been prioritized for protection: the Highlands (as defined by the US Congress) and the Schuylkill River watershed. The area’s importance derives from the need to protect water quality, conserve habitat, and develop recreational opportunities in a region set for considerable growth over the next 20 years.
Located not far from an old stone springhouse—and fed by the cool, clear springs there—stands a towering red maple. This massive specimen has a trunk circumference of 188 inches (about five feet in diameter!) and is about 75 feet tall with a crown spread of 95 feet. In 2014, this giant was added to the official list of Pennsylvania Big Trees.
- Trails are grassy and a little hilly.
- You may bring a small flashlight to use sparingly.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
- No bathrooms onsite, please plan accordingly. Though there is a full-service Turkey Hill nearby, at 3248 Morgantown Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540.
- Check directions ahead of time, as cell service may be spotty in this rural location.
Help us all stay safe:
- If you are sick, please stay home.
- CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings, especially if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.
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