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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Updated Summer Field trip list for the Muhlenberg Botanic Club (new trip added)


July 10 Saturday
Trip to Millersburg north of Harrisburg to see Platanthera peramoena, purple fringeless orchid. Prepare for wet walking.

Also, nearby we hope to see Platanthera ciliaris, yellow fringed orchid in bloom.

Easy walking. Bring your bag lunch; we will eat at the cars. There are no bathroom facilities at these sites.

Meet at 10:00 AM at
Hardee's
100 1st Street, Millersburg, PA 17061
(717) 692-3151
We will carpool from there.
Leaders:           Joan King         Ph: 717-284-5239, jsking1@lycos.com
                        Tim Draude      Ph: 717-393-7233
Contact a leader about carpooling from Lancaster.

July 24 Saturday
Valmont Industrial Park
Walk rating: easy, prepare for wet feet. You can take your lunch along or go back to the cars and eat; the site isn't far from where we park. Call or email me for carpooling: jsking1@lycos.com or 717-284-5239. There are no bathroom facilities here.
This site has Platanthera ciliaris (yellow fringed orchis), P. blephariglottis (white fringed orchis) and a hybrid between the two. There is also walking fern and we might see Gentiana linarias in bud. It's in a power cut, prepare for sun and wet feet.
From the Lancaster area. take. Rt 22 North to Reading.
Rt 61 North to Frackville, I-81 North to Exit 145 at SR 93. 
Go right off ramp (east) to Deer Run Road, right onto Deer Run Road, follow to Jaycee Drive, take left onto Jaycee Drive, follow to HT powerline crossing, park in gravel lot on right at abandoned industrial facility.
Follow the powerline easment to SE, across from Parking area about 100 yards to bog.

July 31 Saturday
Muhlenberg Meadow, Lancaster County central Park
10 am  to (approx.) 12 noon
A walk for meadow flowers and butterflies (co-sponsored but the Lancaster Butterfly and Entomological Club)
Co-Leaders: Fred Habegger and Mike Slater
Started in 1991, this restoration project spearheaded by Tim Draude and the Muhlenberg
Botanical Society has expanded to five acres. Come and view the wide array of field flowers and what techniques worked and didn’t work in turning a cornfield into a dazzling native ecosystem.
From Lancaster, go south on Rte. 222/272 for about 0.5 miles past the point where the north and south lanes rejoin. Turn left onto Golf Rd. and go about 0.6 miles to the intersection with Exhibit Farm Rd The parking area is a few hundred feet past Exhibit Farm Rd. The sign for the meadow is up against the tree line and not easily visible from the road. Park on the grass in front of the sign.

Sunday, Aug. 15
Tentative trip to Big Hollow Prairie in Centre County with the Pa. Native Plant Society. This is a limestone barrens.
 Walk rating: moderate. Bring your own bag lunch, we will eat at the cars. There are no bathroom facilities.
The prairie in Big Hollow is one of only 10 small patches of prairie remaining in Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest, with a total of perhaps 1/3 acre of prairie plants remaining.
Contact Joan King to carpool. 717-284-5239 or jsking1@lycos.com
Leave  Lancaster about 8:00 AM.

Aug 21, Saturday 10:00 AM
Farmingdale Trail
Walk rating: easy
Noel Dorwart Park and Nature Area Township Park
East Hempfield Township
Lancaster, Pa.

Access from Good Drive, across from Park Lawn Ct.
From the intersection of Rte. 741 & Rte. 23, go east on Rte.23 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Good Drive. Go 0.2 miles, turn right into parking lot. The park sits back from the road.
GPS Coordinates N 40 03.256, W 76 21.196

We will do a 'before' look at these 70 acres of land that was once a city dump reworked into a multiuse park. There are woods, a wildflower meadow and trails along wetlands and the Little Conestoga Creek.
The area is currently heavily covered with invasive plants. A five-year plan has been developed to restore native vegetation and improve wildlife habitat.
There are no bathroom facilities at this park.


Saturday, Sept. 25 10:AM
Muhlenberg Meadow
Goldenrods and asters.

Started in 1991, this restoration project spearheaded by Tim Draude and the Muhlenberg Botanical Society has expanded to five acres. Come and view the wide array of field flowers and what techniques worked and didn’t work in turning a cornfield into a dazzling native ecosystem.
            From Lancaster, go south on Rte. 222/272 for about 0.5 miles past the point where the north and south lanes rejoin. Turn left onto Golf Rd. and go about 0.6 miles to