Bowman’s Hill Wild Flower Preserve Picnic and Hike in New Hope

Meet on the porch of the Visitor Center.

Come and see the Bloodroot, Twinleaf, Trout-lily, Spring beauty, Dutchman’s Breeches and Cut-leaf Toothwort flowers in bloom! Don’t step on the Squirrel Corn and Wood Poppys! Just keep your eyes out for the Toadshade, Red Trillium and Creeping Jacob’s Ladder flowers. Wow! Contacts: Leaders: Susan Schirmer-- [masked] or[masked] and Co-Leader: Celeste Martin, at [masked]. This will be an exciting and family fun outing. Bring water and a bag lunch as food is not available for purchase on site. We will start out with a guided tour from a local Naturalist. Then take a break for a bag lunch. Lastly an optional hike up  Bowman's Hill to the tower that overlooks the Delaware River and surrounding valley.  The mostly gravel path up the hill is a 20 -30% rise.  90 min round trip. There is a $6 fee if you want to climb up the tower.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is a nature preserve, botanical garden, and accredited museum consisting of 134 acres featuring hundreds of species of native plants, in a setting of picturesque woodlands, meadows, a pond and a creek. Of the approximately 2000 species native to Pennsylvania, the Preserve is home to nearly 800 of them. Of these, more than 80 species are rare, threatened or endangered native plants designated as Plants of Special Concern in Pennsylvania. A deer enclosure fence surrounds and protects 100 acres for the past 80 years. This is what the forest is suppose to look like. Over two and a half miles of picturesque trails offer some of the best hiking in all of Bucks County.

http://www.bhwp.org/

Admission Fees

Members: Free

Adults: $5.00

Seniors (62 and older): $3.00

Fulltime students (with ID): $3.00

Children (4 through 14): $2.00

Children under 4: Free




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  • Susan

    John Santamaria - These photos are beyond gorgeous!!! Thank you SO much for attending, taking and posting! WOW!

    April 29

    • John S.

      You are very welcome. Thank you so much for the compliment and for hosting this meetup. It was a great day and group.

      May 15

  • Susan

    In case anyone was interested in purchasing some of those lovely Native plants we saw (and didn't see) on our hike, their plant sale starts on Sat, May 10 and runs until Sun, June 1. Get there early to get the best deals! http://www.bhwp.org/resources/Plant-Sales.htm

    April 22, 2014

  • William

    used to just call them wild flowers. But vow, there are so much more to it, just trilliums alone, there must be 4-5 different varieties; heard about wild garlic before, did not realize they are right in our back yard..

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Susan

    Thanks SO much to everyone who came out on such a beautiful day! A wonderful group with lots of great questions for the Naturalists. Hope to see you all again soon.

    2 · April 20, 2014

  • Izzee

    Ouch: shouldn't put a negative spin on Easter weekend, but given the environmental treasure to be visited Sunday, good to keep in mind what's happening elsewhere: NPR just highlighted this today:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/18/304528064/china-admits-that-a-fifth-of-its-farmland-is-contaminated

    (If China's admitting 1/5... is it fair to assume it's more likely 1/3? ) :O

    April 18, 2014

    • Susan

      Have to look at this later. Getting more beautiful outside by the moment. Hope you decide to join us!

      April 20, 2014

  • Susan

    We will be 37 today! I am leaving home & my computer. Please contact me by phone if you have any questions or concerns -[masked]-6725. See you at the Visitor Center!

    April 20, 2014

  • Kevin

    Sorry, I can't make it.... It's Easter Sunday and I will not be able to make it back in town in time.

    April 19, 2014

    • Susan

      You are certainly welcome to just come for the Nature hike with the Naturalists. That portion should be complete by 11:30 am.

      April 19, 2014

  • Sara M.

    Sorry didn't realize it was Easter Sunday and to top it off got strep. Won't be able to make it this time. Greatly appreciate the effort in organizing.

    April 18, 2014

    • Susan

      No worries. Feel better!

      1 · April 18, 2014

  • Izzee

    Hey Susan, Though it probably won't apply for this time, since it looks like you're full for Sunday, but what's Bowman's policy on leashed pooches? Are they welcome...or considered "pod-trampling" risks? :D

    April 14, 2014

    • Susan

      That can easily be arranged through the magic of certain bunnies....

      April 18, 2014

    • Izzee

      lol. Would that perhaps involve one Peruvian dark bunny, origins of Lake Champlain, perhaps?

      April 18, 2014

  • Susan

    PLEASE be sure that you plan to attend if you have RSVPd. I have paid a deposit to the facility to ensure our reservation. They have scheduled 2 naturalists to take us on a tour of the grounds.

    April 1, 2014

  • Susan

    30 current RSVPs from all lists! Check out the Bowman's Hill Promo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbS9-m6Jt9g

    March 5, 2014

  • Susan

    Just a heads up note to all you wildflower fans. This event is on Easter Sunday. Somehow during our planning stage we landed on this date and the event was scheduled and full of RSVPs before I realized. Not a problem for myself or Bowman's Hill. They are open and happy to take us on an enchanting tour. And we will be done fairly early in the day if you have dinner plans. No worries if you have to cancel, as we are currently at max capacity and others will surely be anxious to join. Tonight I am thinking, Spring can't come soon enough!

    January 23, 2014

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