2012 Field Trip Schedule
All field trips begin at unless otherwise specified.
For questions, email DML1000@comcast.net
Sunday, April 22 Spring Wildflowers Along Crosswicks
The floodplain of Crosswicks Creek and adjacent bluffs are good areas for spring wildflowers, such as spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), toothwort (Cardamine concatenata), spiderwort (Tradescantia virginica), and wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia). The floodplain may be somewhat muddy, so be prepared. Bring bug spray and a beverage.
Directions: Meet at
Leaders: Janet Novak (email@example.com; 215-534-6700) and David Lauer (DML1000@comcast.net)
Saturday, May 5; Nottingham Park Serpentine Barrens, Chester Co., PA
From the north, take the Route #1 bypass to
Leaders: Janet Ebert, Jack Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-459-0585)
Sunday, May 6: The Genus Amelanchier, Long Pond, Monroe Co., PA, A joint field trip with the Philadelphia Botanical Club
The genus Amelanchier includes native small trees and shrubs known as Juneberry or shadbush. They have brilliant spring flowers and provide and excellent fruit for wildlife. We will explore the Nature Conservancy's Long Pond Preserve and nearby areas where we should see several species, including hopefully A. bartramiana, and numerous morphs, including perhaps some previously undocumented entities. The birding at Long Pond Preserve is exceptional, so bring your binoculars, and be prepared for some wet walking. The trip leader is Dr. Michael Burgess of Morris Arboretum, a specialist in this genus.
Leader: Michael Burgess; email@example.com 267-273-8838
13; Learn the Spring Wildflowers at
trip is for people who are just getting started in botany or who aren’t
familiar with the plants of this area.
Directions: Meet at at the trailhead parking lot. From
Leader: Janet Novak, firstname.lastname@example.org; 215-534-6700 (cell)
Saturday June 9: Crow's Nest Preserve, Chester Co. PA. A joint trip with the Philadelphia Botanical Club.
Nest preserve is a 600 acre tract that is close to
Directions: From the King of Prussia area/Philadelphia, PA region, take Route 202 south to the Route 401 exit. On Route 401 continue west, on through the Route 113 intersection, continuing on to its intersection with Route 100. Now turn right and north onto Route 100, going several miles to its intersection with Route 23. At the Routes 100 and 23 intersection, turn left and west. You will go about 6 miles, looking for the Warwick Campground sign at Trythall Road and Route 23. Before seeing the campground sign you will pass through the small town of Knauertown on Route 23, going uphill to the campground sign. At Trythall Rd., turn right and proceed a short distance to Harmoneyville Road. At this intersection turn left, and very shortly you will see Piersol Rd on your right. Turn in there, passing a barn and house to quickly see a parking lot with a Natural Lands Trust sign. Pull in there and walk from the parking lot to the BARN. Come in. We wil meet there first for a quick outline of this field trip.
Leader: Paul Schubert (email@example.com; 610-328-2759).
June 16; Bog plants of the NJ
Jersey Pine Barrens is famous for pygmy pine forests, but the highest plant
diversity (and the most beautiful flowers) are in its bogs. This is your chance
to see these native bog plants... without getting your feet wet. We will start
by visiting two wetlands in the area of
outside the office of
Leader: Janet Novak: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-534-6700.
Saturday July 7, 2012; Workshop: Basic Fern Identification. A joint workshop with the Philadelphia Botanical Club
In this workshop, you can learn to identify the most common ferns of our area. We will go over the characteristics that distinguish fern species, using fresh fronds as examples. We will also work on identifying ferns in the field by taking a walk along the Wissahickon Creek, and area that offers a good variety of fern species. No prior experience with fern identification is required. No equipment is necessary, but if you have them, a fern field guide and a hand lens will be helpful. If you have any ferns you want identified, bring a frond. The workshop will end at approximately 1 PM.
Registration: The fee
for the workshop is $10 for members of the Philadelphia Botanical Club or
Delaware Valley Fern and Wildflower Society and $20 nonmembers.
Participation will be limited to the first 20 registrants, so register as soon
as possible with the leader, but before July 1.
Directions: Cedars House in Fairmount Park in northwest Philadelphia. Directions will be sent upon registration.
Leader: Janet Novak, 215-248-2642 or email@example.com
We will meet at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve at . At we will drive to the gardens of Jack and Rosemarie Schieber where we will view their extensive fern and wildflower collection and have lunch. Please sign up in advance with the Schiebers
Directions: (to Bowman’s Hill): The
Preserve is situated on the north side of Bowman's Hill, approximately 2.5 miles
Leaders: Jack and Rosemarie Schieber 215-357-3720 and David Lauer (DML1000@comcast.net)
August 19th; Southern
woods, adjacent to
Directions: Meeting place will be the parking
Garden is located on the banks of the
Directions: We will meet
at the administrative building (first building on the left when entering the
garden). The garden is accessible by public transportation via the 36 trolley
to 54th and Lindbergh Ave (then cross railroad bridge to Garden entrance on
first left.) For additional driving directions, please see: http://www.bartramsgarden.org/?page_id=21
Leaders: Joel Fry, Curator; 215-729-5281, firstname.lastname@example.org and David Hewitt email@example.com )
Saturday, December 1, Fulshaw Craeg Preserve, Montgomery Co., PA
The Fulshaw-Craeg Preserve in southern Montgomery County features lovely scenery and a diverse flora. Many of the plants are still identifiable in winter from their distinctive fruits or other features. We will have a chance to try to identify a wide variety of plants in the preserve’s various habitats, which include boulder field, wet meadow, dry meadow, and woods. Because we will have to ford a creek, I recommend wearing wading boots or waterproof hiking boots and perhaps bringing a hiking stick. The trip will last until around 1 PM. This is a joint trip with the Philadelphia Botanical Club. Heavy rain or snow may cancel the trip; any cancellation will be posted on the PB club’s field trip page (www.philbotclub.org/field_trips.html) by 7 AM on the day of the trip. Directions: Meet at Unami Creek Park in Sumneytown. From the Philadelphia area, take 476 north to exit 31. At the exit, bear right to get onto highway 63 west towards Harleysville. Drive 8.2 miles (into Sumneytown), then turn right at the fork onto Geryville Pike. Drive 0.2 miles, then turn right onto Swamp Creek Road. Unami Creek Park will be almost immediately on your right; park in the parking area along the road. We will carpool the short distance to the preserve. Leader: Janet Novak, firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-534-6700 (cell)