What we're about

Natural Lands is a non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to protecting the forests, fields, streams, and wetlands that are essential to the sustainability of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

We offer nature hikes, bird walks, canoe and kayak trips, educational workshops, tree plantings, volunteer service opportunities, and more.

Join us to spend time with family and friends, give back by volunteering, and expand your knowledge and appreciation for nature at one of our many Natural Lands' preserves. Many of our events are offered on our website and Facebook page, as well as to Meetup members. Please follow weblinks to register for events on our website (beyond RSVP'ing on Meetup).

For more information about us, check out our website: http://www.natlands.org .

Upcoming events (5+)

Birding with Mike

Natural Lands' Hildacy Preserve

Preserve Manager and expert birder Mike Coll guides spring bird walks every Thursday morning through May 30th! All are welcome to join Mike to search for warblers, orioles, flycatchers, kingbirds, bluebirds, raptors, and more. These migratory and nesting birds are sustained by healthy ecosystems that provide ample food, water, and shelter to survive a challenging world. We’ll visit a new location each week, exploring woodlands, meadows, and streams managed by Natural Lands or our partners and friends. April 25: Hildacy Preserve May 2: Summerhill Preserve May 9: Ridley Creek State Park May 16: Willisbrook Preserve May 23: Rushton Woods Preserve May 30: Saunders Woods and Idlewild Preserve Where Event is free. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form on our website (https://natlands.org/event/birding-hildacy-2019-0425/) to let us know you are coming, or call[masked] ext. 221.

Volunteer – Spring Gardening

Stoneleigh: a natural garden

Did you know more than 25,000 plants thrive at Stoneleigh: a natural garden? It’s a lot to manage! Grab garden gloves and join staff and fellow volunteers in weeding, mulching, planting, and other spring gardening projects. Volunteering with Natural Lands is a great way to learn more about the natural world, give your time to a great cause, and connect with like-minded people. Event is free. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form on our website (https://natlands.org/event/volunteer-stoneleigh-2019-0425/) to let us know you are coming, or contact Debbie Beer, [masked],[masked] ext. 266.

Volunteer – Garlic Mustard Removal

Saunders Woods Preserve

Volunteers play an essential role in improving Saunders Woods ecological health by pulling garlic mustard, an invasive plant that takes up space where native plants could thrive. With teamwork and persistence, we are making a difference in controlling this plant—which is easy and satisfying to pull. (Tasty to eat, too!) Volunteering with Natural Lands is a great way to learn about habitats and wildlife, while helping care for natural resources and connecting with like-minded people. Grab gloves, and help end garlic mustard madness! Event is free. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form on our website (https://natlands.org/event/volunteer-saunders-2019-0427/)to let us know you are coming, or contact Debbie Beer, [masked], (610)[masked], x266.

Be an Arborist

Pier 68

Kids, grab your favorite adults to discover the importance of trees! From woodpecker hideouts and food for all, to essential oxygen and cooling shade, trees give us gifts year round. Trees exhibit unique adaptations that enable them to thrive in cities, along rivers, and in open spaces. Natural Lands staff and volunteers guide an urban adventure on the waterfront, full of cool information and hands-on activities. Natural Lands is pleased to be a part of the Philadelphia Science Festival with this family-friendly event. We join a host of partners in a community-wide celebration of science, providing opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology.

Past events (578)

Birding in the Garden

Stoneleigh: a natural garden

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