Asbury Woods welcomes Jane Thornton and Tom Erdman to the Board of Directors.
Asbury Woods is excited to welcome visitors to the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center on the weekends in September and October.
Many have asked how they can help Asbury Woods during this time so here's just a few ways to show support.
Thank you so much for supporting Asbury Woods. Erie Gives Day was a record-breaking year.
We teamed up with Moe's Southwest Grill for a ready-to-go taco kit fundraiser. It was so popular, we expanded it from one pick-up day to two.
Are your kids missing extracurricular activities? Do they miss hanging out with their peers? Then send them to Outdoor Explorer Club!
Asbury Woods has begun phase one of a three phase improvement project to a parcel of property located just south of the entrance to the Nature Center. This unique meadow setting is a small, yet interesting and peaceful portion of the property and trail network.
A family-friendly event celebrating the honey bee!
Asbury Woods creates new program designed to support students on days when they are not attending in-person classes at their school.
As an educator, there’s nothing like watching a child try something new. Observing first-time experiences is what attracted Millcreek teacher, Anna Yashinki, to Asbury Woods for the summer.
Asbury Woods is excited to announce the launch a brand new recreational offering thanks to generous donors and a grant from the Erie Community Foundation. Six low ropes course elements have been installed and are ready for groups to schedule programs. These elements are designed to challenge participants through cooperation, communication, and team-driven problem solving.
Luke, one of the summer interns, has been working on restoring habitat along the boardwalk. Read his update on the work that's been completed and what visitors need to know when they visit Asbury Woods.
Asbury Woods is a place where many have made special memories. Walt and Sandy Bartlett are long time supporters of Asbury Woods and shared their fondest family memories of time spent in the Woods.
As our new fiscal year began on July 1, several board members had their terms of service expire per organizational by-laws. We’d like to thank and recognize them for their years of leadership and service to Asbury Woods. While their board service has come to a close, they continue to be engaged supporters and advocates for Asbury Woods.
Lowe's of Asbury Road continues to support Asbury Woods
In early June, Jeremy Greenberg, longtime Asbury Woods supporter and coach of the McDowell Cross Country team, undertook a personal fundraising project to help rebuild one of his favorite spots at Asbury Woods.
Due to the impact on the land from building the boardwalk, Asbury Woods is in the process of restoring the affected landscape with native species to establish a healthy plant community
Our wonderful friends at the Nonprofit Partnership are celebrating the work of Asbury Woods and other nonprofits in our area during Celebrate Nonprofits Week June 22-26.
Each summer, we welcome college students to intern with us for a hands-on learning experience. This summer, three brilliant students are working on independent research projects to improve our visitor experience.
At Asbury Woods, volunteers like Cindy help us fulfill our mission by assisting with property maintenance, staffing events, and greeting people in the Nature Center.
Asbury Woods is pleased to announce the creation of summer camp scholarships thanks to support from the William & Ethel Hovis Fund of the Erie Community Foundation.
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.
A naturalist will lead explorers through a unique habitat and help children discover which bugs call that place home.
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.
Here are tips if you see a bee swarm in Erie County, PA
Many have asked how they can help during this challenging time.
Blog by Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director
Blog by Dan Franks, Asbury Woods Chair-Elect
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.
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.
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.
Asbury Woods is here for you during this global pandemic.
A letter from Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania.
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.
Join us for a special Drop-in and Discover on Saturday, March 14.
Please join us in welcoming Leann and Lucy to the Asbury Woods 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!
This annual national program is a great way to get into birding and to help scientists to protect native birds.
Blog post by Michael A. Elnitsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Mercyhurst University
These classes are designed to give the beginner beekeeper background information on honey bees, equipment needed, proper maintenance, and honey harvesting.
The littlest explorers will have big adventures at Asbury Woods.
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.
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.
Asbury Woods Board of Directors and Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director, hosted the Grandfather Tree Society donor recognition reception on October 3, 2019.
Asbury Woods Expands Curriculum, Adds Technology.
Inspired by Nature will carry on the tradition of using art to help people understand, appreciate, protect and enjoy the natural environment.
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.
By Mark Spitulski, ISA Certified Arborist and Asbury Woods Director of Facilities and Grounds
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.
By Sarah Lewis, Education and Program Coordinator
From the Executive Director, Jennifer Farrar, CFRE
Nature comes alive on Saturdays at Asbury Woods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interested in starting your own backyard hive? Join us to learn all the aspects necessary to be a successful backyard beekeeper.
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.
Blog by Bob Howden, Asbury Woods Volunteer and Board Member
Blog by Alyssa Zimmer, Environmental Educator
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.
by Melissa Martin, Education and Program Coordinator
By Kelley Lang, Director of Education and Community Programs
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Attorney Mark Shaw for his award at the Association of Fundraising Professional's National Philanthropy Day!
#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.
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!
By: Mark Spitulski, Asbury Woods Certified Arborist and Director of Facilities and Grounds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the trails of Asbury Woods at night during a guided night hike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
Get a mid-week boost with this moderately-paced guided hike as you learn the trail system on Asbury Woods 205 acres.
Start your Fridays with a relaxed hike through the woods.
A fossil exhibition in partnership with Mercyhurst University
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.
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.
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.
Greetings From The Woods! Executive Director, Jennifer Farrar, CFRE.
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.
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.