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Volunteer – Vines and Thorns
Crow’s Nest Preserve | Sun, March 24, 2019, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Grab gloves and join us to take down vines and thorns in our Deep Woods! This part of the preserve has mature second-growth forest with diabase rock outcroppings. Though it looks pristine today, it takes lots of care to help this special habitat.
Dress in long pants and long sleeved shirts to protect from thorns, and sturdy boots for rough, muddy conditions.
Volunteering with Natural Lands is a great way to learn about habitats and wildlife, while helping care for natural resources and connecting with like-minded people. Put on sturdy boots and gloves, and come out to volunteer with us!
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
- Bring work gloves and loppers (if you have them).
- 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 contact Debbie Beer 610-353-5587 ext. 266.
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