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Asbury Woods Re-Opens Andrew J. Conner Nature Center

Posted Sep 09, 2020


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

Leann Sestak
Communications Coordinator
Phone Work: (814) 836-6180
Email: lsestak@asburywoods.org

Erie, PA (September 9, 2020) - Asbury Woods is excited to welcome visitors to the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center on the weekends in September and October.

“We closed due to government mandate in March. Even though we moved into the Green Phase in June, we continued to keep the Nature Center closed as part of our safety plan for the 2020 summer camp program. Now that we’ve reached the end of our summer camp season, we’re excited to welcome visitors back on the weekends to explore the Nature Center,” said Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director.

Visitors can explore live animal exhibits, a QR code self-guided tour of the exhibit, the turtle pond, an observational beehive, and the Squeaky Frog Gift Shop. The restrooms are also open.

Nature Center Hours for September and October are Saturday 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Asbury Woods COVID-19 safety precautions:

  • Masks are required in the building
  • Due to its high-touch encouraged nature, the Discovery Room will not be open to the public
  • High touch areas to be cleaned by staff regularly
  • Hand sanitizer station at entrance for people to use upon entering
  • Sneeze guards installed surrounding gift shop register 

“We are keeping a close eye on the COVID situation and plan to keep the Nature Center open with limited hours as long as it is safe to do so.” said Farrar.

About Asbury Woods

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.

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, they manage and maintain 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.