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The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

We achieve this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages. In addition, we manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of our educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch and learn Discovery Classroom and free public access six days per week. The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs. The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center. The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking and wading in Walnut Creek. Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually we positively impact more than 100,000 people who walk our trails, attend our festivals or participate in our programs.

Asbury Woods is proud to have recorded the following achievements:

  • 2000 “Friends of Asbury Woods Nature Center” (former name of the Asbury Woods Partnership) filed articles of incorporation and by-laws in order to help support Asbury Woods Nature Center, then owned by Millcreek Township School District.
  • 2000 Launched a successful 3.8 million capital campaign for Nature Center renovations and expansion.
  • 2005 Grand reopening of the renovated Nature Center cottage with a 7,000 square foot green building addition complete with vegetative roof, additional teaching space, new live animal exhibits and Squeaky Frog Gift Shop.
  • 2006 Completed Asbury Woods Strategic Plan that outlined goals for programs and financial and environmental sustainability.
  • 2008 Entered into a new operating agreement with Millcreek Township School District and changed its name to the Asbury Woods Partnership, with 501(c)(3) status.
  • 2010 Established permanent endowment with The Erie Community Foundation.
  • 2010 Established formal estate planning program for donors through The Erie Community Foundation’s Elisha H. Mack Community Bequest Society Mack Society.
  • 2010 Received “Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award” from the Non-Profit Partnership.
  • 2014 Completed construction and landscaping of the new Otto Behrend Celebration Garden located adjacent to the Nature Center building.
  • 2016 Completed purchased of 115 acres from Millcreek Township School District which included the Nature Center building and Brown's Farm Barn and parcel.  Asbury Woods becomes fully independent non-profit organization dedicated to serving all of Erie County and beyond.
  • 2016 Launched our Preserving a Legacy Campaign.

Asbury Woods has a dedicated staff of full time, part time and seasonal employees. Our staff is recognized locally, statewide and nationally for their professionalism and knowledge. A strong pool of over 660 active volunteers comprised of both adults and students assist in all aspects of the operation of the Center.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved in supporting the efforts of Asbury Woods, please call (814) 835-5356. You may also visit our contributions page to make a donation.