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 September 2018 newsletter.

Fall 2018 Field Trips and Projects

September 18 (Tuesday) 4pm

Project: Tanger Pollinator Gardens

Help plant 50 plugs of Baptisia sphaerocarpa at the Tanger Arboretum Pollinator Gardens on North President. Bob Davis (Friends of Tanger Arboretum) will pick up 50 large plugs of Baptisia sphaerocarpa “Screaming Yellow” from the North Creek Nurseries. We have a patch of ground ready for Baptisia in each of the three pollinator gardens. Please email Julie Ambler if you would like to help plant the plugs. Park on N. President or in the Lancaster Historical Society parking lot off N. President.

September 29 (Saturday) 11am-3pm *** CANCELED ***

Field Trip: Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark open free to the public. The Garden includes historic buildings, native plant gardens, a restored meadow, and a medicinal plant garden. Special trees there include an ancient Franklinia alatamaha and the oldest male Ginkgo biloba in North America. In addition, there is a boardwalk through tidal wetlands next to the Schuylkill River.  We will have time to see the different garden habitats and buildings, and those who wish to do so may participate in a public tour in the afternoon. Garden tours start at 1:00 and 3:00 and cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth.  Although there is a picnic area where we can eat, the only food sold there is snack food. If you want more than that, either bring your own lunch or purchase food at the train station.  Contact Katherine Hopkins (see newsletter) if you plan to participate so you'll be in the communication loop for updates.

For more information, visit the Bartram's Garden website . 

Directions: Members can go by train or car. If you choose the train, we will be leaving Lancaster at 9:05am and arriving at Philadelphia 30th St. Station at 10:15am, then taking a taxi or Lyft/Uber to Bartram's Garden. Options for return are trains depart Philadelphia at 2:45pm or 4:55pm. Train tickets are unreserved and can be purchased online or at the station.  If you are driving, see the Bartram's Garden website for directions. Parking is free.

October 7 (Sunday) 1pm

Field Trip: Green Hills Preserve, Berks Co., Natural Lands Trust

Easy 2–3 hour hiking loop, some moderate trails. See Green Hills Preserve website .  Leader: Mike Slater.

Directions: From Lancaster take US 222 North past the turnpike to the next exit for PA Route 272/568. Go east on PA route 568 for 7 miles* and turn left on Gunhart Rd. This left turn from PA 568 onto Gunhart Road is a very sharp left and easy to miss. Also Gunhart Road has some wash-outs along the edges due to the recent heavy rains and is one-lane in a few spots, so drive cautiously. The parking lot is about 1/4 mile on right and there is a sign. The address for GPS use is Natural Lands' Green Hills Preserve, 553 Gunhart Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540.

* After you turn onto PA Rt 568, go 2 miles, then straight through the traffic light. After another mile bear left to stay on PA 568 in Alleghenyville (the UCC church is on the right), then continue for another 4 miles. If you go under the I-176 Bridge and get to PA Rt. 10 you've passed it.

October 28 (Sunday) 10am-2pm.

Project: Wildflower Area on State Gamelands 156 by US 322

The MBS maintains this wildflower area as a meadow by removing tree seedlings and planting wildflowers. We will do both activities during this work party. Gentianopsis crinita (greater fringed gentian) will still be blooming, and seed heads will also be available so we can “scratch and plant” seeds in the ground to maintain the plants at this site. Many were planted there by Joan and Tim. Come when you want and bring a lunch (it will be easy to find us, as we will be working close to the road). Leaders: Tim Draude, John Ambler.

Directions: From Lancaster, follow PA 501 north through Lititz to Brickerville. Turn left on US 322 (W. 28th Division Hwy). Drive 3.6 miles. Park in the large parking area on the left of US 322. If you reach the turnoff to Cornwall (north) and Camp Shand (south), you have gone 1.54 miles too far.

November 4 (Sunday) noon - 4pm

Field Trip: Money Rocks County Park

We should see fall blooming Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) and evergreen plants like rattlesnake plantain, partridgeberry, and clubmosses.  Leader: Mary Ann Schlegel.

Directions: two options: 1) Take PA 23 east through New Holland; in Blue Ball, turn right (east) on US 322. OR 2) Take US 222 toward Ephrata/Reading; exit right (east) at US-322 E/Division Highway. From here the directions are the same: continue on US 322 for approximately 4 miles to Beartown/Narvon. Turn right onto Narvon Road, go one mile. The parking lot is on the right, across from Alexander Drive. 40.0952 -75.9819