Binky Lee Preserve is a 112-acre expanse of former agricultural land that is actively being converted back to woodlands and meadows. The view from atop the preserve’s highpoint offers a rare glimpse of Chester County past, undeveloped woodlands and fields in all directions. Darin Groff, Preserve Manager, has been managing the site since 1991. He and several other members of our stewardship staff will give participants a field-based overview of the natural area restoration projects that have transformed Binky Lee over the last twenty years. Just us for a glass of wine or a cool beer at an informal reception held in the barnyard following the preserve walk.
A lovely mosaic of woodlands and meadows, the 574-acre Stroud Preserve is an excellent example of the rolling farmland that once dominated the Chester County landscape. With local birder and Stroud volunteer Jim McVoy and preserve manager Fred Gender, we’ll spend time in the meadows observing the gregarious bobolinks, one of our favorite harbingers of spring, and then enjoy a hike in the woods. Following we’ll gather in the shade for light refreshments. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.
Wednesday, May 2
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Summerhill Preserve, Willistown Township, PA
Join us for a springtime walk at our 41-acre Summerhill Preserve. Roger Latham, Ph.D., Ecologist/Conservation Biologist and Natural Lands Trust Board Member, and Michael Coll, Summerhill Preserve Manager, will lead our walk. We’ll learn about the intricacies of establishing native meadows and be on the lookout for the many birds that frequent the preserve’s woodlands. One of the more recent additions to our preserve system, Summerhill was the gift of Martha Stengel Miller and is only open for guided tours. Refreshments will be provided by preserve neighbor and NLT board member Keith Pension. We’ll also be joined by Rusty Miller and Ken Nimblett, NLT President’s Council members, who have played a pivotal role in helping to preserve this special family property.