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Hepatica Hike – SOLD OUT
Crow’s Nest Preserve |
April 16, 2022 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Preserve Manager Dan Barringer will lead this off-trail exploration of a rarely visited section of the preserve. We’ll scour the woods along Mine Run (a tributary of French Creek) to look for round-lobed hepatica, one of our earliest-blooming spring ephemeral wildflowers. Boulder-hop through Deep Woods to find other harbingers of spring like wood anemone, rue anemone, and early violets.
This part of the preserve has mature forest with diabase rock outcroppings. Though it looks pristine today, it has a long history of human use, including small quarry pits used to make cobblestones. A long-gone nearby railroad line (the Warwick branch of the Wilmington & Northern Railroad, once known as the Boar’s Back, today part of the Horse-Shoe Trail) is lingering evidence of this industrial period that extended into the early 20th century.
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, and hosts a variety of outdoor education programs for all ages.
- Before you go:
- Meet in the parking lot by the red Natural Lands kiosk.
- The terrain is very rough and may be wet. Be prepared to walk a few miles.
- Bring a water bottle and binoculars.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
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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