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Find Yourself Outside: Crow’s Nest Preserve
Crow’s Nest Preserve | Wed, July 17, 2019, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Are you up for the challenge? Join Preserve Manager Dan Barringer to explore Crow’s Nest on a leisurely stroll.
Explore all 20 of our featured preserves and write down all the “code words.” Submit your completed form to receive a Natural Lands “Find Yourself Outside” t-shirt! We’ll help you get started with guided hikes like this one.
Crow’s Nest is the gateway to the Hopewell Big Woods, a 73,000-acre expanse of forest that reaches north into Berks County. Just next door, you’ll find French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, making Crow’s Nest part of one of the largest areas of protected land in the region.
The pristine French Creek runs through Crow’s Nest, flowing from French Creek State Park’s Hopewell Lake on its way to the Schuylkill River. The preserve’s streamside forest helps protect the creek’s water quality.
Wildlife abounds at Crow’s Nest! You may spot Wood Ducks or see signs of beaver construction along French Creek; hear the songs of Wood Thrushes, Vireos, and warblers in the dense forests; or track the footprints of fox, raccoon, and deer. The preserve is part of the Hay Creek/French Creek Forest Block “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).
Crow’s Nest is a haven for other wild creatures: children! For decades, the preserve has hosted both after-school programs and a summer day camp to help combat the nature disconnect today’s kids face. The preserve includes a NaturePlayGround to encourage creative, unstructured play.
- Dress for the season and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes
- Binoculars (and camera), if you have them
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home
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