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Asbury Woods Announces Free Summer Programming

Posted Jun 01, 2020


Carissa Snarski
Development & Marketing Director
Phone: (814) 836-6179
Email: csnarski@asburywoods.org


Erie, PA (June 1, 2020) – Asbury Woods is excited to offer two free summer programs: Drop-in and Discover at 11:00 a.m. each Saturday starting June 6 and Insect Safari at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday starting June 9, 2020.

Asbury Woods has carefully considered the guidelines issued by the CDC as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s recommendations for gatherings of groups and outdoor recreation. Given the ability to spread out among 205 acres of property along with several covered outdoor areas, Asbury Woods is well-placed to make the adjustments outlined in state and federal safety guidelines to host outdoor programming. Wearing masks outdoors is attendee discretion. 

Program attendance is limited to 18 pre-registered attendees. Everyone is invited, but we must count all attendees to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are followed. All children and adults attending the programs must pre-register. The events will be scheduled outside rain or shine so please prepare for an outdoor adventure. The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center remains closed to the public, however the trails remain free and open from dawn to dusk.

“Providing a safe, positive experience in nature is always a top priority and we are extremely excited to again offer these programs for families in our region,” says Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director. “Our focus is on providing a meaningful outdoor nature and recreation opportunity for everyone in our community while ensuring the upmost attention is given to the health, safety and well-being for all.”

Drop-in and Discover is presented by UPMC Health Plan and is a weekly hands-on, minds-on, staff-facilitated educational activity that is free and open to the public. Each week will offer a new experience to discover. Drop-in and Discover is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. each Saturday beginning June 6, 2020.

To learn more and to register please visit: http://www.asburywoods.org/events/dropin

Insect Safari includes a hike with an Asbury Woods naturalist who will lead explorers through a unique habitat and help children discover which bugs call that place home. Bug boxes, nets, magnifying glasses, and other bug collecting tools will be available to borrow.

To learn more and to register please visit: http://www.asburywoods.org/news/insectsafari


The mission of Asbury Woods is to inspire a greater connection to the natural world by protecting, managing and interpreting our property; providing outdoor recreational opportunities; and offering environmental education experiences.

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

The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access.  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, skiing, snowshoeing 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, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 87,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate education and community outreach programs.