News

  • Posted Jun 01, 2020

    Asbury Woods Announces Free Summer Programming

    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.

  • Posted Jun 01, 2020

    Insect Safari

    A naturalist will lead explorers through a unique habitat and help children discover which bugs call that place home.

  • Posted May 28, 2020

    Asbury Woods Reopens Summer Camp Registrations

    Asbury Woods is pleased to offer nature-based summer camp for elementary-age and middle school youth this summer. The Asbury Woods summer camp season will run June 22 through August 14, 2020.

  • Posted May 18, 2020

    What To Do If You See a Bee Swarm

    Here are tips if you see a bee swarm in Erie County, PA

  • Posted May 12, 2020

    How to help.

    Many have asked how they can help during this challenging time.

  • Posted May 06, 2020

    With Gratitude

    Blog by Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director

  • Posted May 04, 2020

    We Need Nature Now More Than Ever

    Blog by Dan Franks, Asbury Woods Chair-Elect

  • Posted May 04, 2020

    Amphitheater Update

    The Facilities and Grounds team has been working diligently to replace the seating in the amphitheater since it was demolished from heavy tree damage during a storm on October 28, 2019.

  • Posted Apr 22, 2020

    Celebrating Earth Day

    While there are countless ways you can participate in Earth Day, we have gathered a collection of some on-line resources to learn, participate and take action.

  • Posted Apr 07, 2020

    Spring into Composting

    Blog by Melissa Goodwill, Education and Community Programs Coordinator

    Spring is a great time of year to plan and begin backyard composting.  While a backyard compost system does require some set up, it is easier than you may think and the benefits of composting are well worth the time. 

  • Posted Mar 27, 2020

    An Update From The Woods

    Asbury Woods is here for you during this global pandemic.

  • Posted Mar 13, 2020

    A Letter from Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director

    A letter from Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania.

  • Posted Feb 28, 2020

    What Happened to Our Bees?

    Our observational bee hive helps us see what bees are doing each season. Learn more about what's been going on with the hive over the winter months. 

  • Posted Feb 24, 2020

    Exhibit Animals Playdate!

    Join us for a special Drop-in and Discover on Saturday, March 14. 

  • Posted Feb 21, 2020

    Meet Our New Team Members

    Please join us in welcoming Leann and Lucy to the Asbury Woods Team!

  • Posted Jan 30, 2020

    We're Growing! Join our team

    We're hiring for multiple positions, including: Facilities and Grounds Manager, Communications Coordinator, Summer Camp Counselors, and a Weekend Visitor Services Coordinator. Click for more details!

  • Posted Jan 26, 2020

    Great Backyard Bird Count

    This annual national program is a great way to get into birding and to help scientists to protect native birds. 

  • Posted Jan 17, 2020

    Insect Over-Wintering

    Blog post by Michael A. Elnitsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Mercyhurst University

  • Posted Jan 09, 2020

    Backyard Beekeeping Workshops

    These classes are designed to give the beginner beekeeper background information on honey bees, equipment needed, proper maintenance, and honey harvesting. 

  • Posted Jan 08, 2020

    Nature Tots & Preschool Nature Discovery

    The littlest explorers will have big adventures at Asbury Woods.

  • Posted Jan 03, 2020

    Rent a Maple Bucket

    Asbury Woods is excited to once again offer the community a chance to rent and take charge of sap collection from specific sugar maple trees on their property.  Individuals and families who participate in the program will be assigned a group of four trees tapped for sap collection.  Trees will be tapped, buckets hung and labeled by Asbury Woods staff, then the renters take charge of collecting sap from their trees and have the opportunity to take the sap home to boil it down into maple syrup.

  • Posted Dec 02, 2019

    Boardwalk Replacement Project

    For nearly 50 years a favorite part of the Asbury Woods experience has been the boardwalk adjacent to the Nature Center, allowing visitors of all ages access to field, forest, and wetland habitats to observe a variety of plant and wildlife species.

  • Posted Oct 31, 2019

    Grandfather Tree Society Donor Event

    Asbury Woods Board of Directors and Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director, hosted the Grandfather Tree Society donor recognition reception on October 3, 2019. 

  • Posted Sep 06, 2019

    Connecting the Next Generation of Students to Nature

    Asbury Woods Expands Curriculum, Adds Technology. 

  • Posted Jul 02, 2019

    Inspired by Nature

    Inspired by Nature will carry on the tradition of using art to help people understand, appreciate, protect and enjoy the natural environment.

  • Posted Jun 05, 2019

    Guided Interpretive Walks

    Join a naturalist for a guided nature walk to explore the trail networks and learn more about the plans and animals of Asbury Woods and the natural history that makes Asbury Woods unique.

  • Posted May 02, 2019

    Tree Talk | Spring Tree Care

    By Mark Spitulski, ISA Certified Arborist and Asbury Woods Director of Facilities and Grounds

  • Posted Apr 30, 2019

    The Earth's Future is in Their Hands

    As our region, nation and world confront difficult decisions that
    will shape the future of life on Earth, environmental education and
    awareness along with an appreciation and understanding of the
    natural world are more important than ever.

  • Posted Apr 30, 2019

    Grant Funding Drives Updates to Exhibit Hall

    By Sarah Lewis, Education and Program Coordinator

  • Posted Apr 30, 2019

    Changes at Asbury Woods

    From the Executive Director, Jennifer Farrar, CFRE

  • Posted Apr 15, 2019

    Drop-in and Discover

    Nature comes alive on Saturdays at Asbury Woods. 

  • Posted Mar 11, 2019

    Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long

    Asbury Woods dedicates the month of April to celebrate Earth Day. Public programs include lectures, family-friendly activities and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April.

  • Posted Mar 04, 2019

    Naturalist Intern

    For students who are pursuing degrees in the fields of environmental science, natural sciences, parks and recreation, botany, biology or other related programs, this internship is an opportunity to gain experience working at non-profit, connecting people to nature.  

  • Posted Mar 04, 2019

    Environmental Educator Summer Intern

    For students who are pursuing the degrees in the fields or environmental science, art, education, early childhood education, or natural sciences, this internship is an opportunity to gain experience work with children and connecting them to nature.  

  • Posted Mar 04, 2019

    Nature Camp Counselor

    Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc., is seeking individuals interested in full-time/seasonal positions as Nature Camp Counselors.  Individuals must be engaging and creative and enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting.  

  • Posted Mar 01, 2019

    Guest Experience Internship

    Asbury Woods is seeking enthusiastic, optimistic, customer service-oriented individuals to assist the Marketing and Communications team. The successful candidate will be enrolled full-time in a major university or college and studying fields related to education, marketing, communications, public relations, or hospitality. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of customer service while working for a well-known community-based nonprofit organization. This is an unpaid internship.

  • Posted Feb 27, 2019

    Boating Safety Education

    Knowledgeable boaters are safer boaters! The PA Fish & Boat Commission’s PA Basic Boating Course supplies boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water.

  • Posted Feb 27, 2019

    Backyard Beekeeping

    Interested in starting your own backyard hive? Join us to learn all the aspects necessary to be a successful backyard beekeeper.

  • Posted Feb 27, 2019

    Communicating With and Understanding Your Dog

    You don’t have to know the scientific names to know that dogs and humans are two different species. While humanizing dogs may be the current trend in dog training, this program presents more effective alternatives.

  • Posted Feb 20, 2019

    Learning Through Nature

    Blog by Bob Howden, Asbury Woods Volunteer and Board Member

  • Posted Feb 19, 2019

    Green Hygiene: 5 ways to make your daily hygiene routine more sustainable

    Blog by Alyssa Zimmer, Environmental Educator

  • Posted Feb 11, 2019

    Asbury Woods Recognizes Volunteers of the Year During Annual Award Ceremony

    Asbury Woods is proud to announce the distinguished recipients of its annual volunteer of the year awards at the annual volunteer luncheon on Sunday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods.

  • Posted Jan 18, 2019

    Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Eclipse

    by Melissa Martin, Education and Program Coordinator

  • Posted Jan 14, 2019

    Let Them Grow - Nature Play and Reasonable Risk

    By Kelley Lang, Director of Education and Community Programs

  • Posted Jan 05, 2019

    Annual Report | 2017 - 2018

    Our Annual Report highlights the impact we had during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  Thanks to community support, we were able to positively impact more than 71,000 people of all ages. 

  • Posted Dec 21, 2018

    Finnegan's First Birthday Party

    Asbury Woods is excited to celebrate Finnegan’s first birthday at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center on January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. during the free Drop-In and Discover program.

  • Posted Dec 04, 2018

    Asbury Woods Presents 22nd Annual Winter Wonderland

    Asbury Woods presents the 22nd annual Winter Wonderland event, scheduled for December 14 through 16 and December 27 through 30 at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center. 

  • Posted Nov 20, 2018

    Asbury Woods' Longtime Volunteer Fundraiser Recognized at National Philanthropy Day

    Congratulations to Attorney Mark Shaw for his award at the Association of Fundraising Professional's National Philanthropy Day!

  • Posted Oct 31, 2018

    #GivingTuesday

    #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

    Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

  • Posted Oct 31, 2018

    We're Batty for Bats this Halloween!

    BatWeek is an annual celebration of bats that takes place October 24 – 31. No matter where you live, chances are high that you have bats as neighbors. These unique mammals are eat insects, pollinate plants, and spread seeds. Thanks, bats! 

  • Posted Oct 30, 2018

    Why Are The Leaves Late To Change Color?

    By: Mark Spitulski, Asbury Woods Certified Arborist and Director of Facilities and Grounds

  • Posted Oct 17, 2018

    Mystery Science at Asbury Woods | A Program for Tweens

    Do you know a kid who loves science, experiments, and mystery? During this program kids get to be the ones to do the detective work to collect the data, run the experiments and solve the mystery. Each Saturday will have a new mystery to solve. Kids 8 and up are welcome to attend independently. Adults are always welcome and are free at this program.

  • Posted Oct 10, 2018

    Asbury Woods Announces Completion of Capital Campaign and Nature Center Rededication

    Asbury Woods is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Preserving a Legacy Capital Campaign.  The campaign was launched in 2015 and raised $5.2 million, surpassing the goal of raising $4.5 million to protect Asbury Woods now and into the future.

  • Posted Sep 30, 2018

    Nature Tots & Preschool Nature Discovery

    Children are never too young to start exploring and learning from nature, especially with the support of a caring adult to guide them. At Asbury Woods, parents, grandparents, or other care providers attend classes with their child. Asbury Woods offers exciting and fun preschool classes throughout the year.

  • Posted Sep 28, 2018

    Campfire Hikes - A Members Appreciation Event

    Member Appreciation Event! We love and appreciate our members and donors who support Asbury Woods every year. Our campfire nights are a small way to say thank you! Cozy up by the fire in our pavilion to make s’mores and sing along to favorite campfire songs. Weather permitting, each campfire night will also include a short walk in the woods to sing a song to the Grandfather Tree.

  • Posted Sep 28, 2018

    Nordic Walking at Brown's Farm Barn

    Nordic walking is a fun aerobic workout that burns more calories than walking or hiking alone. Our instructor will teach participants the proper techniques of Nordic walking and lead the group on walks.

  • Posted Sep 27, 2018

    Night Hikes

    Experience the trails of Asbury Woods at night during a guided night hike. 

  • Posted Sep 27, 2018

    Welcome to Autumn in the Woods

    As the leaves change and the weather cools down, thoughts turn to the holidays and the many traditions with family and friends that this time of year brings.  We know that Asbury Woods and its seasonal festivals are part of many families’ traditions and we welcome you back each year.  

  • Posted Sep 26, 2018

    Pumpkin Ash Tree | Treatment

    Asbury Woods Certified Arborist Mark Spitulski shows a Mercyhurst College Forest Ecology lab led by Professor Chris Dolanc how to inject a Pumpkin Ash tree.  

  • Posted Sep 19, 2018

    Donations Drive Asbury Woods Mission

    Each year approximately 51% of Asbury Woods annual budget is supported by charitable gifts.  Charitable gifts come in many forms:  contributions from individuals, grants, corporate sponsorships, special events, memorial gifts and bequests.  Gifts of all amounts combine to help us accomplish our mission to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences.

  • Posted Sep 19, 2018

    Tree Talk | Fall Tree Care

    By: Mark Spitulski, International Society of Arborculture Certified Arborist and Director of Facilities and Grounds at Asbury Woods.

    There are many reasons why pruning your trees is important, but pruning should only occur with a purpose in mind.  Most common reasons to prune would be aesthetics, structure and reducing risk.  

  • Posted Sep 19, 2018

    Weaving Traditions and Philanthropy Into The Fabric of Family

    Brent and Janet Sesler, along with their two sons; Morgan and Ryan, have been volunteering at Asbury Woods as a family since 2004.  A lifelong tradition of giving back was introduced to Brent by his father at a young age, stemming from his father’s involvement in the Sertoma Club.  Brent followed suit, starting to volunteer at Asbury Woods when he was a boyscout.  He worked on several Eagle Scout projects with his troop doing trail maintenance and improvements, including the creation of the Eagle Trail, which is heavily used to this day.

  • Posted Aug 31, 2018

    Did You Know | Discovery Classroom

    Did you know that when the Discovery Classroom is filled with bins full of educational experiments, observations, touch-and-feel items and more? It's a place where families can explore and learn about science and nature together. 



  • Posted Aug 23, 2018

    What's the Buzz About Bees?

    Enjoy an informational program exploring the natural history of honey bees, their role in pollination, and the environmental threats they face. We’ll have a diverse panel of experts from seasoned beekeeping professionals. Join us for a lively discussion with a light reception following.

  • Posted Aug 03, 2018

    Asbury Woods Seeks Marketing & Communications Intern

    Asbury Woods seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working for well-known community-based nonprofit organization. Review of applications is ongoing and the positions remain open until filled.

  • Posted Jul 25, 2018

    Erie Gives Day

    Join us on August 14, 2018 from 8am - 8pm for Erie Gives Day! Your donation on Erie Gives Day Day enables Asbury Woods to build a strong and sustainable future.

  • Posted Jul 13, 2018

    Adventures From a Bluebird Hike

    By: Katelyn Meyer, Asbury Woods Summer Naturalist Intern

    My first experience on a bluebird hike was an adventure. What should you expect when you go on a bluebird hike? 

  • Posted Jul 09, 2018

    Monarch Butterflies

    By: Alyson Munson, Asbury Woods Marketing and Communications Intern

    In their larval stage, Monarch butterflies feed exclusively on milkweed, these plants are full of toxins which make the butterflies taste unappealing to their predators. Our Field Garden located on the right side of the nature center was created as a station for birds and butterflies of all kinds. Filled with many different native species, this gardens most popular feature is the milkweed plants which attract these beautiful butterflies who are looking to lay their eggs! 

  • Posted Jun 15, 2018

    Weekly Walking Groups

    Interested in learning our trails? Join us for one of two weekly walking group hikes to get your heart rate up, meet friends and learn out trails. Meet outside at the Nature Center.

  • Posted Jun 14, 2018

    Greetings From The Woods

    Each year more than 100,000 people experience Asbury Woods. The long, warm days of summer make it easy to spend time outdoors and in nature. We love being part of your summer memories using our trails, visiting the Nature Center and exploring all we have to offer. This summer, we’re launching several new programs to engage even more members of our community in the magic of Asbury Woods. 

  • Posted May 18, 2018

    Walking Wednesdays

    Get a mid-week boost with this moderately-paced guided hike as you learn the trail system on Asbury Woods 205 acres. 

  • Posted May 18, 2018

    Fitness Fridays

    Start your Fridays with a relaxed hike through the woods. 

  • Posted May 18, 2018

    Unearthed

    A fossil exhibition in partnership with Mercyhurst University

  • Posted May 17, 2018

    Tax Credit Donations Extend Asbury Woods Impact

    During the past year, Asbury Woods educators traveled throughout Erie County to bring hands-on experiences that use nature, the environment and outdoor exploration as powerful and meaningful ways to connect kids to nature while delivering standards-based content outlined in school curriculums.

  • Posted May 16, 2018

    Asbury Woods Announces Summer Music Series - Monday Music in the Woods

    Asbury Woods is excited to announce a new music series, Monday Music in the Woods. The series features local acts performing from various musical genres: including folk, country, bluegrass, Americana and more. Monday Music in the Woods is proudly sponsored by Bock Insurance Agency.

  • Posted Apr 16, 2018

    Meet Our New Ferret

    Asbury Woods is thrilled to announce the addition of a new male European ferret. Asbury Woods held a naming contest in March and over 200 entries were submitted to name the ferret. The top four names were on display during the Maple Festival on April 14 - 15 where guests were encouraged to vote for their favorite name with their donations. 

  • Posted Mar 06, 2018

    From Our Executive Director

    Greetings From The Woods! Executive Director, Jennifer Farrar, CFRE.

  • Posted Mar 06, 2018

    Erie WILD! at Asbury Woods | Animal Open Houses

    Join us for an animal open house the second Saturday of each month for this FREE family program! Read on for schedule and more details.

  • Posted Mar 06, 2018

    Tree Talk | Spring Tree Care

    Spring is a favorite time of year for many people due to trees coming out of dormancy and once again exhibiting innumerable benefits to our environment. Read on for simple steps that can be done in the spring to assure your trees will continue to thrive.

  • Posted Mar 06, 2018

    The Animal Corner | Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

    Oliver is a Netherland dwarf rabbit that resides at Asbury Woods and helps to represent the eastern cottontail rabbit, which is native to our region and can be found in the fields of Asbury Woods.

  • Posted Mar 06, 2018

    Nature Center Animals Play Key Role in Delivering Our Mission

    Our animals play an integral part in helping us fulfill our mission to inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

  • Posted Jul 11, 2017

    Accepting applications for internships

    Asbury Woods is currently accepting applications from recent grads for our internship program.

  • Posted Aug 25, 2016

    AmeriCorps Service Opportunities at Asbury Woods

    Asbury Woods is currently accepting applications from individuals who would like to serve with AmeriCorps at Asbury Woods.

  • Posted Mar 24, 2015

    Asbury Woods Partnership Reaches Deal to Purchase Asbury Woods Nature Center Property

    (Erie, Pa.) — After several months of working diligently together, Asbury Woods Partnership and the Millcreek Township School District are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement for the purchase of two Asbury Woods properties. The agreement enables the Partnership to purchase the Brown's Farm property and the Asbury Woods Nature Center property at a purchase price of $1.5 million.

  • Posted Nov 05, 2014

    Accepting Applications for Program Assistant

  • Posted Sep 05, 2014

    Thank You, Erie Gives

    Through the generosity within our community, the Asbury Woods Partnership received $10,224 during Erie Gives 2014!

  • Posted Sep 05, 2014

    Hills Are Fun at Ridge Run

    Congratulations to the competitors of the 5th Annual Asbury Woods Ridge Run!

  • Posted Sep 05, 2014

    A Beautiful Evening in the Woods

    On Friday, July 11th, Asbury Woods hosted its signature fundraising event, Wine & Dine in the Woods, to a sold out crowd.

  • Posted Aug 22, 2014

    An Invitation to Explore!

    About 100 way-finding signs have recently been installed or are planned for this fall around Asbury Woods’
    expansive property.

  • Posted Aug 22, 2014

    A Sustainable Table

    It is harvest time in Erie County, and we are fortunate to be surrounded by a diversity of local produce.

  • Posted Jun 26, 2014

    Turning tax dollars into donations: It’s as easy as E-I-T-C

    If your business pays Pennsylvania taxes, Asbury Woods can now reap the benefits.

  • Posted Jun 26, 2014

    Mark your calendars for Wine and Dine in the Woods!

    On Friday, July 11, 2014, join us for a fun-filled night of entertainment and delectable fare artfully paired with delightful wines and beers.

  • Posted Jun 16, 2014

    Summer Is Upon Us

    There’s just something about this time of year. The birds are chirping, the frogs are croaking and the thermometer is headed in the right direction after so many cold months!

  • Posted Jun 13, 2014

    Love Your Dog – Leash Your Dog

    Many of you are blessed to own a dog, and know the unconditional love of your precious pet and four legged family member.

  • Posted Jun 13, 2014

    The Summer Newsletter is Available!

    Download and read Woods Talk for exciting new programs.