EXPLORE: Chester County, PA

Enjoy EXPLORE-ing these wonderful places. Check them out by county or location.



  • Bucktoe Creek Preserve : Kennett Square, PA
    “…is a 297 acre privately owned natural area…The preserve is managed to enhance biodiversity and promote sound ecological stewardship through forest, meadow, and wetland restoration…to provide a stable location for long term environmental monitoring and ecological research, a refuge for threatened flora and fauna… The preserve is composed of a variety of habitats, each with its own set of flora and fauna.”  (From: PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Handbook, p. 77).
    Visitation to Bucktoe Creek Preserve is by appointment or enrollment in one of their programs.
    UNIT/SUBJECT: We’re All Connected: Ecology and the Circle of Life (Unit 3) ; BOTANY ; ECOLOGY ; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
  • Hopewell Big Woods : Southeast of Pottstown, PA.
    The Hopewell Woods are the last large, unbroken forest left in southeastern Pennsylvania. Encircles French Creek State Park and the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. 73,000 acres (From: PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Handbook, p. 9).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Introduction (Unit 1) ; FOREST ECOLOGY.
  • Longwood Gardens : Kennett Square, PA
    “Started in 1906, Longwood Gardens is a horticultural showplace. The gardens cover 1,077 acres of land, including gardens, woodlands, and natural meadows. Longwoods offers twenty outdoor gardens, including an Idea Garden…” (From: PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Handbook, p. 175).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Forests, Fields, and Meadows: Upland Communities (Unit 6) ; BOTANY ; DENDROLOGY ; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS.
  • Marsh Creek State Park : Downingtown, PA
    “…the diverse and protective habitats of Marsh Creek State Park provide a retreat for many wildlife species. The 1,727-acre park includes Marsh Creek and 525-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is a wonderful resource for migrating waterfowl… Spring and fall migrations are a great time to visit the park and see a variety of waterfowl species including snow geese that stop over…” (From: PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Handbook, p. 101).
    UNIT/SUBJECT: Creatures of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Unit 4) ; ORNITHOLOGY.


Updated: May 2018
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