2-23-2013 Naturalist Walk & Talk

Feb 13, 2013 by

Glen Providence Park has been studied by naturalists for many years, dating from T. Chalkley Palmer’s 1889 essay about Scroggie Valley.  According to a 1928 Chester Times article, “Naturalists, from all over the country, attending the Delaware County Institute of Science, make a study of it.”

The day after Glen Providence Park opened as a Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum on October 31, 1935, the Chester Times invited the reader to “Come with your bird glasses, your flower guides, your tree books.  Bring the school children and scout groups, and let Nature teach them her ancient lessons.”  Naturalists from the Philadelphia area visited the park to identify its trees, birds, wildlife, ferns, shrubs, and flowers. Join us as we continue the tradition…

Naturalist Walk & Talk

Saturday, February 23, 10:00-12:00 noon
Main entrance on State Street
Snow or shine!

Chris McNichol, who recently completed the exciting new Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, will show us the park through his eyes. Animal tracks, early-blooming plants, wildlife… who knows what we will find!  Chris is a wealth of information on many topics- he teaches boat building, survival skills, rocketry, woodworking, fire starting, foraging, and mechanics at Open Connections, a local homeschool resource center!  A man of many hats, Chris co-founded the local CSA Red Hill Farm,  and if you remember the whimsical Pink Elephant tree house from Tyler Arboretum’s first Totally Terrific Treehouse exhibit in 2008, Chris built that! He also makes creations out of sustainably harvested and salvaged wood for Timber & Co.


As always, kids are welcome!
Estimated time: 2 hours
Be prepared for steep hills, and uneven (possibly wet) terrain: wear your hiking shoes, and bring a hiking pole if you use one… and of course binoculars!

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