French Creek Iron Tour
Cycling for Open Space
Join us Sunday, June 14, 2020
The 18th Annual French Creek Iron Tour is on Sunday, June 14th 2020. Click here for more information for the most beautiful bike ride in the region. The Iron Tour takes riders past the scenic protected lands in northern Chester County and allows French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust to continue preserving the area’s natural resources.
Gather your friends, families, and team members and sign up for the Iron Tour! More information is provided on the website, www.irontour.org.
Thank You to Our Partners & Sponsors!
SECOND SUNDAY HIKES
Second Sunday Hikes
Join us on the second Sunday of each month for a guided hike with a naturalist! Learn about nature and how to protect open space as we hike though beautiful French & Pickering protected lands. Each hike will go through varying habitats, including woodlands and meadows, providing incredible views of northern Chester County.
Reservations are required. To RSVP and learn more about Second Sunday Hikes, send us an email at email@example.com
“Get Grateful”- A Gratitude Hike at Six Penny Trail French Creek State Park
Sunday November 10th, 2019 8am-10:30am
French & Pickering Creeks Conversation Trust will be hosting a 4.2-mile hike at French Creek State Park near Elverson, PA (Northern Chester County). We will be hiking the Six Penny Trail, which is considered a moderate hike according to AllTrails.com.
This trail offers visitors a glimpse of the historic Six Penny Recreation Area where dam ruins and the park’s original picnic grounds can be seen. The trail is well forested and rather rocky. This trail can be muddy as we will be walking near a stream and have received a lot of rain. On the upside, you will see gorgeous moss-covered boulders at the mid- point of the trail. Please wear your hiking boots if you have them.
Thanksgiving always inspires a certain degree of gratitude. We will be infusing gratitude throughout this hike in a fun way.
Where to Meet
William Penn State Forest District Office: 845 Park Road, Elverson, PA. at 8 am. We will conclude around 10:30.
Please enter the park on South Entrance Road from Route 345 and then take a right on Park Road. The district office will be on your right. Once everyone gathers at the parking lot, then we will drive to the trail head.
French Creek State Park (https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/FrenchCreekStatePark/Pages/default.aspx) is an oasis for people and wildlife which straddles the Schuylkill Highlands. The park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City and contains 7,730 acres.
The land trust is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to preserve, steward, and connect people to the land.
RSVP will be required for this hike. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Appropriate: 8 years+
Items to bring: Sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Binoculars if you’d like to look at birds. Perhaps a piece of fruit to snack on.
November: Get Grateful Hike- Six Penny Trail
October-Walking History Tour- Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve
September- Hawk Mountain
August 11th- Dog Hike at Warwick ParkJuly 14th- Yoga Hike Brightside Farm
June 9 – 2019 French Creek Iron Tour
May 11 – Guided Bird Walk
April 14 – Welkinweir – Nature Photography Hike
March 24 – Horseshoe Trail – Yoga Hike
February 10 – Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Bird Watching Field Trip
January 13 – St. Peter’s Village
November 11 – Brightside Farm
October 14 – Horse Shoe Trail
September 9 – Brightside Park
THIRD THURSDAY TALK
Join us for our Third Thursday Talk
Dr. Erik Silldorf on Eels in the Pickering Creek: The story behind the release
What connects our Pickering Creek with the Sargasso Sea below Bermuda? Eels! They spawn there. Over 1000 native eels were released into Pickering Creek near Historic Yellow Springs in late August in an attempt to re-establish them. A three-year study will determine if our native eels can control invasive crayfish and restore our native crayfish. The health of our streams is the concern and Dr. Erik Silldorff, Restoration Director and senior scientist at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, will take us through the research that proceeded the release of the eels and what they hope to find as they monitor the Pickering over the next three years.
Join us on November 21st from 7-8:30 at Historic Yellow Springs.
Interested? RSVP to email@example.com
Spotted Lanternfly- Dr. Heather Leach
Invasive Fish, Fowl and Flora -Dr. Scott Bush
Join a birding expert on a monthly guided walk through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a newly established non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all. The monthly bird walk is free, but donations are welcome.
UPCOMING BIRD WALKS
Our next Bird Walk with the Great Marsh Institute will be on November 17th at 7:30 am.
All are welcome, no sign up for this Bird Walk.
Click here to learn more.
Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve
Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve
This gorgeous, historic, and bio-diverse preserve has been a project in the works for several years. Thanks to our supporters, volunteers and staff, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust is proud to own and protect the Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve.