Field Trips

Please RSVP to the field trip leader by the day before so the group knows to wait for you. Unless otherwise indicated, all directions are based on starting in Lancaster City. Please carpool as much as possible; parking may be limited. For details and contact information, see the February 2018 newsletter.

Winter / Spring 2018 Field Trips and Special Events

March 22 (Thursday) 7am - 8:30pm

Doug Tallamy: Making Insects: A guide to restoring the little things that run the world

Address: Franklin & Marshall College, Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium, 600 College Avenue, Lancaster PA 17603

Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build attractive landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

This presentation is organized by Lancaster County Conservancy with several sponsors including the Muhlenberg Botanical Society. Open to the General Public, $15 donation, Doors open at 6:30pm.

April 14 (Saturday) 9am - Noon

Field trip to Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Ephemeral spring wildflowers are at their peak this time of year. Come enjoy seeing trilliums and bluebells. The MBS is continuing to survey Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve as a service project for the Lancaster County Conservancy. We have identified many of the species along the main trail (northern slope of Grubb Run valley), and will continue identification and photography of all plant species. Easy walking.

LeaderJohn Ambler

Directions: Go south on Prince St. (right lane) to the intersection with PA 324 S (at the corner just past the SPCA). At the signal, bear slight right onto PA 324. Continue for 2.8 mi. into New Danville; proceed straight through the light and continue 3.8 more miles, through Conestoga. At the Y (by a church), bear left onto River Corner Rd. Drive 1.3 miles to the intersection with River Rd. Cross it and jog a few yards left onto Shenk’s Ferry Rd. Go 1.1 miles to Green Hill Rd., where you turn left. Then turn right on the dirt road down the hill, through the tunnel, to the Preserve gate (0.8 mile). Parking is limited, so on busy days you have to park someplace between the tunnel and the gate. 39.9020 -76.3667 Note: Do not drive on Green Hill Rd. south of Shenk’s Ferry!

April 21 (Saturday) 9am - Noon

Field trip to Lancaster County Central Park: Indian Rock and closed portion of Rockford Road

The limey cliffs overlooking the Conestoga River in Lancaster County Central Park are host to several lovely and different spring wildflowers. Mary Ann Schlegel will lead MBS members to look for shooting stars, saxifrage, golden alexanders, round-leaved ragwort and columbine in bloom on the top of the bluff. From Rockford Road below, one can gaze up to appreciate the inaccessible habitat of the shooting stars and find spleenworts on roadside outcrops. Dress for the weather and for walking on steep and rocky trails.

LeaderMary Ann Schlegel

Directions: From Lancaster City, go south on Duke Street, cross the Conestoga River, and take the next right onto Williamson Road to enter Lancaster County Central Park. Park and meet along Loop Drive off Williamson Road in Lancaster County Central Park. Signs for the Williamson Area will lead you there. 40.02009,-76.28454

The lower Rockford Road part of the walk is paved and wheelchair accessible. There is a small parking lot at the base of Williamson Road where it meets Rockford Road (from the Strawberry Street Bridge side) for anyone wishing to join the walk at the paved portion

April 28 (Saturday) 9am - 4pm

Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival, Overlook Park

MBS will have a table at the festival all day, where we will have a poster about MBS activities, MBS brochures, copies of our latest newsletter, and native plants in pots. The potted plants are to show people and not for sale. Please let Julie know if you would like to take a turn being at the table to greet people interested in the Muhlenberg Botanical Society. Many other non-profit groups and nurseries will be present.

ContactJulie Ambler

Address: Overlook Park across from the Manheim Township Public Library (595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601). Rain Location: Overlook Activity Center.

May 5 (Saturday) 9am - 4pm

Field trip to Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin DE

Mt. Cuba is a botanical garden for native plants developed from farmland purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland in 1935. Their vision was to have a “place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants” and “become conservators of our natural habitats.” We will explore the gardens featuring native plants by ponds, woodlands and meadows. Please carpool. We will meet at North Museum at 9am and return around 4pm. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy at the Mt. Cuba Center.

LeaderLinda Ferich

Address: 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

Cost: The cost for visiting Mt. Cuba Center will be $10 per person if we have a group of fewer than ten people, and be $9 per person if our group is ten people or more.

May 19 (Saturday) 9am - 4pm

Work Party to start new native plant gardens at Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

For the past few years, Tim Draude has been talking to the Tanger Arboretum Board about developing native plant gardens on their property. Last fall several MBS and Tanger Arboretum members visited potential sites for native plant gardens. Julie, Tim and Linda attended the January meeting of the Tanger Arboretum Board. They approved native plant pollinator gardens next to N. President Ave between the sidewalk and arboretum trees. Linda Ferich developed a species list for wildflowers and cultivars of natives that thrive in sun and partial sun, including flowers that bloom in different seasons. In January Tim and Linda ordered wildflower plugs from North Creek Nursery and the plugs will be available in mid-May, past late spring frosts. On May 19, Tanger Arboretum and MBS are inviting members of both groups to plant the flower plugs in the native plant gardens from 9am to 4pm. Morning is the best time to help but please feel free to come anytime. Leaders: Linda Ferich and Tim Draude

ContactTim Draude and Linda Ferich 

Address: Use parking lot at Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum-Lancaster Historical Society. 230 North President Avenue.

June 2 (Saturday) 8:30-11am

Field Trip to Rannel’s Kettle Run Nature Preserve in the Furnace Hills  

This is a loop trail hike in Furnace Hills which has acidic soils formed from sandstone and shale. The preserve includes a variety of habitats from dry woods where sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum) might be found to wetter seeps and streamside areas where ferns, skunk cabbage, and false hellebore (Veratrum viride) thrive.  Showy orchis (Orchis spectabilis), and starflower (Trientalis borealis) are characteristic of the area’s acid soils.  Details about directions and trailhead location will be in the next newsletter.

LeaderSheryl Schultz