CONSERVE!: Unit 6.

Forests, Fields and Meadows:

Upland Communities

Below are opportunities for Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Volunteers to participate in stewardship and citizen science activities related to upland communities throughout the Northern Piedmont/Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain region.
Please visit their Web sites to learn more about the groups and their volunteer opportunities.

Bartram’s Garden: Philadelphia, PA


Bartram’s Garden is the oldest living botanical garden in America, located right near the heart of center city Philadelphia. The Garden encompasses wildflower meadows, mature trees, river trails, a wetland, and historic buildings. The site is home to the Franklinia alatamaha, a deciduous shrub that was saved by extinction at these very gardens, and the country’s oldest Gingko tree. The 15-acre meadow was previously an industrial site in the 1980s, but a partnership of Philadelphia organizations and committees rehabilitated the site.

Bartram’s Garden offers a Volunteer Membership to those who meet the volunteer qualifications; these individuals receive many benefits in exchange for assisting the Garden. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, such as at the spring plant sale, monthly volunteer days, cleaning the waterfront, and more!


Bartram’s Garden, 54th St. and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143;

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Natural Lands Trust (NLT): Southeastern Pennsylvania (Office in Delaware Co.)


The Natural Lands Trust (NLT) is southeastern PA’s largest conservation organization, focused on protecting the region’s natural areas and resources. The group began in 1953 as the Philadelphia Conservationists and has grown over time into well-known non-profit that holds nature preserves in 12 counties, spanning over 19,000 acres.

The Trust seeks volunteers to help with stewardship projects to advance their conservation mission. Those who are interested in making a longer-term volunteer commitment can become part of the “Force of Nature” volunteer program. In this program, volunteers take an intensive, five-class training that covers land management and restoration techniques. After the training, volunteers become either a Trail Ambassador or Team Leader at NLT


Natural Lands Trust, 1031 Palmers Mill Road, Media, PA 19063; 610-353-5587.
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For more information:
Visit: to learn more about Natural Lands Trust. to learn about their volunteer opportunities and how you can become involved with the Natural Lands Trust.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve: New Hope, PA (Bucks Co.)


Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a non-profit organization, a 134-acre preserve in the Delaware Valley dedicated to educating the public. The Preserve is home to more than 800 species of native plants in a variety of settings, including woodlands, meadows, a pond, and Pidcock Creek. Visitors will have the opportunity to see both flora and fauna, as the Preserve is an ideal location for bird watching. Special events are frequently offered, such as guided wildflower and meadow walks and educational programs for both children and adults.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways, including administration, grounds keeping, propagation, assisting as a naturalist, with special events, and in visitors’ services. The Preserve relies on volunteer participation to ensure the visitors have a high quality experience.


Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, P.O. Box 685, 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938; (215)-862-2924.

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Updated: June 2018