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2017 Field Trips

Please note that field trips begin at 10 am at the appointed meeting place, unless otherwise stated in the description. Most trips last approximately 2 hours. If it is a nice day, you might want to bring your lunch. Notify the trip leader if you plan on attending, and please feel free to provide feedback that may enhance our offerings to Karen Mohn, at papatrees@aol.com


We have a wonderful slate of field trips this year, some local, and some very interesting ones at a distance. Scroll down to see descriptions and directions.

Sunday February 26th, 9:30 am Evansburg State Park,
intersection of Ridge Pike and Fern Avenue Leader: Link Davis.

Sat., April 1st-Mt. Cuba near Wilmington DE
Take an in-depth look at the gardens with an expert Docent, learn about notable native plants, and receive tips on sustainable gardening practices. Tour content will vary as the gardens are dynamic and ever-changing. Participants will take home a native plant. Tours are two hours in length and include walking over rolling terrain and mulched paths. Tickets include admission, so pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens after your tour has ended.

April 20, Thursday, 10AM: Shenk’s Ferry, Lancaster County, PA

A weekday trip to the Susquehanna River. Shenk’s Ferry is one of the most popular, impressive wildflower areas in the eastern United States. The main trail is on fairly flat terrain and is about a mile long, following Grubb Run. Some of the more common flowers include Dutchman’s Breeches, Wild Ginger, Virginia Bluebells, Trillium and Spring Beauty. We will meet at the trail head at 10am to start our walk. Karen Mohn is the leader (610-207-6851) Directions: allow 2 hours GPS coordinates: N 39.902328 W 76.366719
  • Drive to the town of Conestoga and drive past the restaurant on your right.
  • Stay to the left and drive onto River Corner Rd. when the road splits at the “Y.”
  • Drive past River Road. (The first sign for Shenks Ferry is on this corner.)
  • Follow all the signs to Shenks Ferry – turning left and then right onto the unpaved and bumpy road that leads to the Preserve.
  • Drive slowly and park on the far side of the creek.

  • April 29, Saturday, 10AM: Hemlock Haven, Biglerville, PA

    Members Bernie and Terry Cabana welcome all members of DVFWS to visit their property "Hemlock Haven." Their home is about 2 1/2 hours from most of our members in the Delaware Valley. Most of the property is easy walking; you might want to wear boots or sturdy shoes as the ground is often wet near the creek. Native wild flowers abound. You will see a great variety of trillium, rue anemone, round leaf hepatica, bleeding heart, polygala, shooting star, iris versicolor, trout lily, wild geranium, showy orchid including alba, columbine, gay-wing, crested dwarf iris, teaberry, and many more. Bring a lunch. Plan your arrival at 10 am. Terry and Bernie will provide beverage and snacks on their covered porch following the morning walk. After lunch there is the option to explore other areas in the vicinity, either Michaux State Forest (along Mountain Creek) or the Conewago Creek area. Those of us who went last year know what a treat this day will be! It is definitely worth the drive. Please call or e-mail Cabanas by April 27th so they know how many to expect and let them know if you intend to continue with them in the afternoon 717-677-9344 NDSI@aol.com Directions: allow 2 1/2 hours. For GPS use 260 Boyds Hollow Rd., Biglerville OR, take PA Turnpike west to Gettysburg (Exit 236)Take Route 15 south to Route 234
  • Turn right onto Route 234 west towards Biglerville
  • Stay on Route 234 approximately 13 miles.
  • Just past Coles Campground bear right onto Shippensburg Road, leaving Route 234.
  • Drive 0.5 miles to Boyds Hollow Road on right (near a red barn)
  • Drive 0.5 miles to 260 Boyds Hollow Rd. on left. Park in the field unless raining.

  • May 13, Saturday, 10am: Leaser Lake, Lehigh County, PA

    Our docent, Nancy Wisser, a local naturalist, will take us on a venture at a locale she enjoys visiting. Leaser Lake offers beautiful views of the “Blue Mountain” and familiar wildflowers of spring. We will meet at the northern boat launch parking lot at 10AM. Our leader is Karen Mohn (610-207-6851) Directions: allow 1 1/2 hours GPS Coordinates: N 40.679043 W 75.836162
  • Take interstate route 78 west of Allentown
  • Exit off to route 143 north at Lenhartsville.
  • Follow route 143 north 8 miles thru Wanamakers.
  • Take left onto Ontelaunee Trail and follow this road around the north shore
  • The boat launch will be on the left

  • May 20, Saturday, CANCELLED New York Botanical Garden, and High Line Tour, NYC

    High Line is a park converted from an out-of-use railroad trestle to a public garden. It is located on Manhattan just south of the Lincoln Tunnel. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. There is a free hour tour at 10AM, Gansevoort entrance, "From Freight to Flowers." Lunch, then over to the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. ($22 Sr.-$25 adult) Enjoy the wildflower garden and bog garden. The peonies may be in full bloom. We will be arranging public transportation. Please contact Karen Mohn (610-207-6851) with your desire to go ASAP, deadline is May 10th.

    June 7– 10 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Millersville University

    Karen Mohn and Terry Cabana will be representing DVFWS at a table with our information on Friday and Saturday. We are also a sponsor of the event. You can see the program schedule and register by visiting the website http://www.millersvillenativeplants.org/. The native plant sale is open to the public: Friday, June 9, 2017: 4:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday, June 10, 2017: 8:00am – 12:00 noon

    July 8, Saturday, 10am: Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery County, PA

    An intergenerational outing. Bring your children, grandchildren, a young neighbor, or the young at heart. We will take a casual walk on a shady trail along the Green Lane Reservoir. Age appropriate scavenger hunts will be designed for the children, which will help us all to appreciate the beauty of this park. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards. The park has boat rentals if you want to extend your stay. There is also the Perkiomen bike trail which runs through the park. Leader: Karen Wolfe, high School biology teacher, former park naturalist, outdoor enthusiast . Please notify Karen the ages of the children you are bringing by July 4th. kwhitefieldf@yahoo.com 610-724-8359 cell Directions: allow an hour, Green Lane, GPS coordinates N 40.34364 W 075.49307 or follow directions below. The Snyder Rd. address on their web site is not our meeting area. Our exact meeting location will be off of Hill Rd. There is a large parking area near the boat rental office. From the Lansdale Exit of PA NE Extension Turnpike (Rt 476)
  • Turn west on Rt. 63 (Sumneytown Pike.)
  • Go 9 miles to the traffic light in Green Lane.
  • Turn right on 29 North.
  • Go 0.1 miles and turn left onto Hill Rd.
  • Continue on Hill Rd. across a bridge and up a hill, bearing right at the fork.
  • Go 1 mile to entrance of park on the right.
  • We will meet at the far end of this lot, not the office end.

  • July 15: Bowman’s Hill and Schiebers’ Garden, Bucks County, PA

    Bowman’s Hill, where mind, heart and spirit bloom: offers many trails and environs to view various summer natives. We will meet at Bowman's at 10am for an informal tour then head to the Schiebers’ garden afterwards. Jack and Rose Marie have invited us to enjoy their gardens followed by lunch at their home. Contact Jack for a count for lunch by July 13. pterip7@gmail.com
    Directions: More in the July Newsletter
    Bowman's Hill is located at 1635 River Road, New Hope, about 2.5 miles south of New Hope on Rt. 32. Schiebers’ address is 1621 Chinquapin Rd., Holland, PA.

    Sept 16: Weekend Foray in Warren County, PA.

    Elk viewing in the meadows and a beautiful area among house sized boulders.
    Karen and Brian Mohn are organizing this multiday trip stopping on the way to see house-sized boulders and PA’s elk herd near the Visitor Center in Benezette. Link. She and Brian had scouted the area around Warren last fall and found several nice hiking trails in the Allegheny National Forest. Contact Karen with your interest in attending NOW: 610-562-1790 papatrees@aol.com