2017 Annual Winter Treks
The winter tradition continues as the Lower Merion Conservancy partners with Bridlewild Trails Association, the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, Peace Palace Mission, and Riverbend Environmental Education Center to present a series of free hikes for adults and children ages 8 & up. Enjoy the company of friends during a brisk walk through the treasured fields and forests of Lower Merion!
Please check lmconservancy.org for up-to-date cancellations.Trek 1: Over the River and Through the Woods From Turtle Hollow to Waverly Woods
Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.
Richie Ashburn Field, Youngsford Rd, Gladwyne
Inclement Weather Contact: 610.645.9030
Bridlewild Trails’ leaders loop us through Gladwyne trails along creeks and forested paths from Richie Ashburn Field, through Henry Lane Park, to the Wavelry Woods, via the old Johnson estate.The winter landscape will reveal vistas not normally seen at other times of the year when the foliage is out. Join BTA leaders on a lovely trek providing a backwoods view of Gladwyne. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Richie Ashburn field parking lot on Youngsford Road (near Lafayette Road) in Gladwyne. Trek 2: Henry Gardens and Wilderness
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m.
Henry Foundation, 801 Stony Lane, Gladwyne
Inclement Weather Contact: 610.525.2037
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. Trek 3: Riverbend Ramble
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne
Inclement Weather Contact: 610.527.5234 ext.108
Since 1974, Riverbend has been connecting children to the natural world through meaningful nature and science experiences. Each year more than 10,000 school children participate in Riverbend’s education programs both on our 30-acre preserve and at schools and natural areas in our region. Join a Riverbend naturalist for a hike through our Alec Williamson Bird Obervation Area, past our forest restoration area (over 1,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the past three years), and to the site of an Aquaponics Greenhouse. Learn more about all of Riverbend’s programs and upcoming projects while enjoying our field, forest and stream ecosystems. Meet at the Riverbend barn at the end of Spring Mill Rd. Trek 4: A Divine Saunter
Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m.
Palace Mission, 1622 Spring Mill Rd, Gladwyne
Inclement Weather Contact: 610.247.3596
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. Trek 5: Hike the Rolling Hills
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.
Rolling Hill Park, 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne Inclement Weather Contact: 610.645.9030
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, then back up to the meadows and woods surrounding the Conservancy cottage. Explore 250 years of Main Line human and natural history on a crisp morning trek. Wear sturdy walking shoes and meet in the public parking lot in Rolling Hill Park.
On-leash, well-behaved dogs are welcome. However please note that dogs are not permitted at the Henry Foundation or Palace Mission. Thank You!