A treasured community asset for over 50 years, Asbury Woods relies on charitable donations from people like you as well as the generous donation of time from more than 140 volunteers. There are many ways to get involved! From making a gift of any size to volunteering at the Nature Center, you can make a true difference today – now and for future generations.
Asbury Woods’ origins stem from the generosity of Dr. Otto Behrend, co-founder of the Hammermill Paper Company in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He purchased the 100-acre Asbury Farm in the 1920’s, which continued to be a working farm until 1957. Dr. Behrend had a passion for plants and experimented with various horticulture methods in different areas of the property.
When Dr. Behrend died in 1957, his estate donated the property, which included a country cottage, to the Millcreek Township School District for preservation, education and recreation. Soon after, the cottage was converted to Asbury Woods Nature Center and has since served as the site to provide our region with opportunities to experience, study and enjoy nature.
In 2005, a restoration of the original cottage and 7,000 square foot green building addition, complete with a vegetative roof, was re-dedicated to the Erie Community.
There many ways that you can help us to continue Dr. Behrend’s legacy and to support our mission to preserve Asbury Woods and provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of awareness, sustainability and stewardship.