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Building Backyard Habitat

ChesLen Preserve | Sat, April 28, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Want to make a difference for wildlife in your neighborhood? Start in your backyard! Learn the essential elements necessary to attract native pollinators and birds, and how you can provide the valuable resources they need.

Pat Sutton, regionally-renowned author, naturalist, and photographer, showcases native trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, and ”weeds” that are most beneficial to wildlife. In this fun, hands-on workshop, Pat will share myriad common-sense garden tips to help property owners cultivate healthy habitats. This program is packed with the “how’s and why’s” of attracting birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your backyard, no matter how small or urban.

Participants will have opportunity to build a bit of native habitat for their own backyards, and socialize over light refreshments.


ChesLen Preserve
1199 Cannery Road
Coatesville , PA 19320


April 28, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

ChesLen Preserve is the largest privately owned nature preserve open to the public in Chester County. Miles of marked hiking trails lead visitors through shady woodlands, flower-filled meadows, fields of corn and soybeans, and stream valleys.

Visitors can also explore Ollie Owl’s NaturePlayGround, where young explorers can climb logs, build stick tee-pees, hunt for bugs, explore small streams, and get a little dirty, tired, and inspired. Free play is encouraged and is a great way for kids to gain an appreciation for nature.

What to wear:
  • Dress for the season and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes
  • Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Program presenter Pat Sutton has keenly studied the natural world for 40 years, as a naturalist and program director at the Cape May Bird Observatory. She and her husband, Clay Sutton, co-authored several books, including the landmark Birds and Birding at Cape May, as well as How to Spot Butterflies, How to Spot Hawks and Eagles, and How to Spot an Owl. Today, as a freelance writer, photographer, educator, and wildlife garden consultant, Pat shares her passion and advocacy for native habitat gardening in workshops, lectures, and tours around the region. For more information go to Pat and Clay’s website: www.patsuttonwildlifegarden.com


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