Upcoming Events

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Blooms
Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 1 – 3:30 p.m.
What can you do to attract birds to your garden? What are the best plants to entice bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to make their homes with you?  What maintenance techniques are most hospitable for these garden visitors and residents? Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Blooms will answer these questions, and inspire you to plan for the upcoming growing season. After a short break we’ll go for a walk to look for evidence of how birds, insects and plants survive our northern winters. (Walk optional)
Open to all. Advance registration required. Email rmgofmcprograms@gmail.com to register.

Pollinators and Pollination Strategies
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State University, York County Extension, 2017 GardenWise
Location: Central York Middle School, 1950 N. Hills Rd, York, PA 17406
When: March 11, 2017
Many plants need the assistance of a third party, usually an animal, to help them achieve pollination.  How do plants entice unsuspecting critters to their flowers? How can plants ensure their pollen will be placed advantageously on another plant of the same species?  We’ll learn about some of the many potential pollinators of native plants, and the strategies plants have evolved to successfully reproduce by taking advantage of their flower visitors.

Plant Ecology:  Why Are Plants Important?
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State University, York County Extension, 2017 GardenWise
Location: Central York Middle School, 1950 N. Hills Rd, York, PA 17406
When: March 11, 2017
What role do plants play in moderating temperature, mitigating air pollution, and in stormwater management?  What other benefits do plants offer humans in terms of food, medicine, and building materials?  How do plants interact with each other?  How do plants support the animal species with which we coexist, and what benefit do animals provide to plants in return?  Learn about the many roles that plants play in our lives.

Invasive Species ID and Management
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us to discover the Preserve’s most unwanted! In this session, you will learn about the problems caused by invasive plants, which species are of concern at the Preserve and beyond, and the methods we are using to control these exotic intruders. This will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk (weather dependent) to look for some of the species discussed.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

Knowing Native Plants: Spring Ephemerals
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Spring wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, Virginia bluebells, spring beauty, and twinleaf color the forest floor for a fleeting moment at this time of year. Join Naturalist Mary Anne Borge to learn why these wildflowers are called spring ephemerals, how their life cycles work, and how their seeds are dispersed.
Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

Earth Day – Wildflower Walk
Location:  Northern Community Park in the Abbott Marshlands, Bordentown Township, NJ
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – noon
The woodlands along the bluff and Crosswicks Creek flood plain have the best diversity of spring flowering plants and ferns in the Abbott Marshlands and surrounding areas.  Meet at Northern Community Park, Bordentown Township, on Groveville Road, between Rts. 130 and 206. (Contact / info: 732-821-8310). (Cosponsors with Friends for the Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Township Environmental Commission).

Knowing Native Plants: Late Spring Lovelies
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Learn about the wildflowers of mid-spring, including Shooting Star, Bellworts, Foamflower, Irises, and our beautiful native orchid, Yellow Lady’s Slipper. Naturalist Mary Anne Borge will introduce you to these plants, and some of their pollinators.
Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

Knowing Native Plants: Flowering Shrubs
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Mid-Atlantic region has one of the best flowering shrub displays found anywhere. Come learn about the wildlife value and landscape beauty provided by native shrubs. Instructor Mary Anne Borge will pay particular attention to azaleas, dogwoods, and viburnums. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk.
Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

Butterfly Lifestyles
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Over 50 beautiful butterfly species can be seen at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.  Learn about the lifestyles of some of the common and uncommon species that make their home here, and what makes this such a special place for butterflies.  Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor hunt to see how many butterflies we can find. Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for an all-day event focusing on our fluttering friends. Why count butterflies? It helps scientists piece together the big picture, including changes over time, of the distribution and population size of each species counted. And it’s fun! You’ll learn to identify the different types of butterflies and the native plants they utilize at the Preserve. Please bring binoculars, or a camera with a zoom lens, and a field guide, if available. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks, and appropriate sun protection. Join us for all or part of the day; all experience levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced butterfliers. Please check-in at the Visitor Center. $3 per participant, all proceeds will be donated to the North American Butterfly Association.
Open to all, but space is limited. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

Knowing Native Plants:  Meadow Magic
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come discover Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s five-acre meadow. See native meadow plant species, including wildflowers and grasses, and learn about the benefits of meadows, their inhabitants, meadow successional stages, and meadow maintenance. Find out why it is important to plant native species and avoid non-native ornamentals that may escape from cultivation. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk. Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

The Aster Family
Sponsored by:  Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County, NJ
When:  August 9, 2017, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Members of the Aster family bloom from early spring throughout the growing season, but late summer through the end of fall is the time they dominate the landscape. The ‘Asters’ or ‘composites’ are the second largest family of flowering plants.  What makes this successful plant family different from all others?  We’ll survey many of the colorful members of the Aster family, including asters, goldenrods, bonesets, coneflowers, tickseeds, and other yellow composites.  Learn about the relationships these plants have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on them.

Knowing Native Plants:  The Amazing Aster Family
Location:      Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Fall is peak bloom time for members of the Aster family.  Explore our woods and meadows to discover asters, goldenrods, bonesets, coneflowers, tickseeds, and other yellow composites.  We’ll look for signs of the relationships these plants have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on themIndoor presentation followed by an outdoor walk. Open to all. Advance registration suggested. Call the Preserve at 215-862-2924 to register.

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