More great news on the preservation front, just in case you missed it!
"Woman’s Club of Bala Cynwyd Donates Two Historic Properties to Merion Foundation.”
The Woman's Club of Bala Cynwyd has been an inspiring charitable presence since the early 20th century. In the 1920s the Woman's Club founded the first township library. As time passed and the library became increasingly difficult to properly maintain, it caught the attention of the Lower Merion Conservancy and was placed on its WatchList in 2013 and 2015. In December of 2016, the Woman's Club donated the library and another of its historic properties to the Merion Foundation to ensure the preservation of its integrity and its continued value to the community as a functioning space. The Conservancy cannot take credit for this preservation victory, but is so happy to report this former WatchList item as "safe and preserved," and we applaud all partners in preserving history.
Please check lmconservancy.org or contact hike leaders for updates about inclement weather or trail conditions. Trek 2: Henry Gardens and Wilderness Walking around the hillside, down through fields and into the woods of the Henry Botanic Garden, you may hear winter songbirds and see winter flowering fragrant witch hazels. You may also hear a red-tailed hawk high in the trees in response to such an intrusion into its hunting grounds, and perhaps even a fox or two, tho’ fox sightings have been infrequent this year. Wear appropriate hiking gear for rough, rocky, hilly and sometimes slippery terrain. Walking sticks are recommended. Parking is very limited, so if you need a parking space, please call us at 610.525.2037 to reserve a spot. Meet in the circle outside the main Henry house. Please note that dogs are not permitted at the Henry Foundation Thank You! To Register for this event, click here.
Please check lmconservancy.org or contact hike leaders for updates about inclement weather or trail conditions. Trek 3: Riverbend Ramble Since 1974, Riverbend Environmental Education Center has been connecting children and the natural world through hands-on outdoor experiences. Each year more than 35,000 participants learn about science and the environment through a Riverbend program. Join us as we explore our 30 acre preserve and see what is new for Riverbend. Tour our Aquaponics Greenhouse, a wonderful addition to our education programs and great example of sustainable agriculture. Be one of the first to see our new pavilion, and come and enjoy a walk through our fields, forests and garden areas. Meet at the Riverbend barn at the end of Spring Mill Rd. On-leash, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Thank You! To Register for this event, click here.
Please check lmconservancy.org or contact hike leaders for updates about inclement weather or trail conditions. Trek 4: A Divine Saunter Mother Divine leads a peaceful stroll across the rolling hills surrounding Woodmont, the home of Peace Palace Mission, the 1892 mansion of steel magnate Alan Wood, Jr. The building is a certified National Landmark and member of the Conservancy’s Architectural Hall of Fame. Claimed as the highest spot in the county, this historic property provides participants with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Enter Peace Palace Mission via the gate on Gingko Ln. Please note that dogs are not permitted at the Palace Mission. Thank You! To Register for this event, click here.
Please check lmconservancy.org or contact hike leaders for updates about inclement weather or trail conditions. Trek 5: Hike the Rolling Hills Join Lower Merion Conservancy staff on a hike back in time discovering the mills, mansions, and farms that once existed in this 103-acre township park. Moderately steep trails lead hikers downhill on an old ghost road to a creekside path beside towering stone ruins, where we’ll discuss how over 250 years of Main Line human and natural history can all be connected back to our community’s waterways. Wear sturdy walking shoes and meet in the public parking lot in Rolling Hill Park. Following the hike we’ll warm up in the Conservancy’s restored 1896 cottage with coffee, tea and breakfast treats! On-leash, well-behaved dogs are welcome. To Register for this event, click here.