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Volunteer – Horseshoe Trail Building
Crow’s Nest Preserve | Sat, November 17, 2018, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Natural Lands is pleased to support the Horseshoe Trail Conservancy in enhancing sections of this beloved 140-mile long trailway. Volunteers come together to work hard, meet great people, and make a difference. The group will be upgrading sections of the Horseshoe Trail with an innovative material to improve surfaces and curb erosion. Enjoy beautiful woodlands and sparkling streams while volunteering.
Bring a filled water bottle, wear sturdy boots for rough terrain, and plan to get dirty.
Saturday: we’ll work in two shifts, with a lunch break in between. Morning meets at 8:30 am, and afternoon at 12:00. Bring a bagged lunch if you’d like to continue from morning to afternoon shifts.
Sunday: morning shift meets at 8:30 AM. Enjoy the afternoon off.
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, preferably waterproof, closed-toe shoes.
- Long pants and long-sleeved shirt, to protect you from poison ivy and brambles.
- Bug spray, sunscreen, and hat are suggested.
- Bring Work gloves, if you have them and a refillable water bottle.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
Event is free. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming, or call Dan Barringer at 484-368-9950.
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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