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White Oak Society and Allston Jenkins Legacy Society Member Field Trip

Crow’s Nest Preserve | Sat, May 18, 2019, 10:30am - 1:00pm

Come explore the woodlands and fields of Crow’s Nest Preserve.

You may 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.

Preserve Manager Dan Barringer and Assistant Preserve Manager Aubrey Smith will lead us on a guided walk while sharing insights on the day-to-day management of this 621-acre property. Light refreshments to follow; bring a brown bag lunch if you wish.


Crow’s Nest Preserve
201 Piersol Road
Elverson , PA 19520


May 18, 2019
10:30am - 1:00pm

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.

Meet in the lower barn courtyard.

Bathrooms are available on site.

Please note that the woodlands trails are slightly uneven.

We encourage you to bring a hat, water, and binoculars. Please check for ticks following the hike.

Camaraderie and refreshments to follow. Optional: pack a brown bag lunch.

Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

We’re going to make every attempt to run our walk, even in light rain. Should the weather create hazardous conditions on roads or trails, we’ll cancel the hike and an announcement will be posted on Suzanne Barton’s work extension (610-353-5587 x 313) by 8:00 am on the day of the hike. Additionally, in the event of cancellation, an email will be sent to participants also by 8:00 am.


Registration required. Event is free and exclusively for White Oak and Allston Jenkins Legacy Society members. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming, or call 610-353-5587 ext. 313.

Please note, space is limited. For more information about the societies, contact Suzanne Barton at sbarton@natlands.org or 610-353-5587 ext. 313.

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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