Current Projects


The Otto Behrend Legacy Garden is a special project currently under development at Asbury Woods. Named in honor of our founder, Dr. Otto Behrend, the Garden will be a new and more formal element at the Woods.  

The purpose of the Otto Behrend Legacy Garden is to recognize gifts in celebration, honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Located in a serene forest setting, the Garden will be a quiet place to contemplate, reflect and remember.  In addition to private seating areas, a small stone central plaza will be built, where special events such as an intimate wedding can be held. Landscape plans for the Garden are complete, and can be downloaded here.

Thanks to generous start-up donations from caring community members, Phase 1 of Otto Behrend Legacy Garden began in October 2011 with construction of an entrance trellis and central stone plaza siting.  Gifts of varying levels will be recognized in the Garden through elements such as engraved metal leaves, ceramic walls tiles, ceramic column tiles, benches and garden “rooms”.  

Phase 1 Legacy Garden Gift Opportunites Include:

$250  ————-  Small engraved metal leaf (entry trellis)
$500  ————-  Large engraved metal leaf (entry trellis)
$1,000  ———— 6 inch wall tiles
$2,500 ————  9 inch column tiles
$5,000  ————  Bench seating area
$5,000   ———— Butterfly Entry Garden
$5,000  ————  Perennial Garden
$5,000  ————   Woodland Garden
$10,000  ———-   Behrend Entry Garden and sign
$25,000  ———-   Plaza 1

Additional giving opportunities are available.   

All funds received through the Otto Behrend Legacy Garden will help ensure that Asbury Woods will be here for years to come by providing general operating support and endowment funds.

For more information about this lasting way to remember someone special, honor a friend or loved one, or celebrate a new baby, graduation or other special occasion, please contact Jennifer Brownlee at (814) 835-5356. 

Download PDF -
Legacy Garden Trail and Plaza plan.pdf



For over 30 years students, families and adults have enjoyed observing turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes, ducks, geese and song birds at the swamp located near the Nature Center. However the existing boardwalk and small deck is rotting and sinking into the swamp and the open water habitat is in need of restoration.

A conceptual plan calls for replacing the existing boardwalk and deck with new boardwalk and enlarged teaching deck. This will protect the wetland and provide access for educational purposes. The new teaching deck will feature a lab station with storage for buckets, nets, magnifiers and microscopes. A roof will shelter students from rain and sun for year-round use. During construction, the wetland habitat will be restored with improved plantings and some dredging to provide more open water to provide a more diverse wetland habitat to attract a larger variety of wildlife.

We are currently raising funds to restore this favorite spot at Asbury Woods. You can help by making a donation today or for more information regarding this important project at the Woods, please contact Jennifer Brownlee at (814) 835-5356 or via email at

Download PDF -
Site Plan Teaching Deck.pdf




Sept 1 - May 31

Tues. - Sat.
10 am - 4 pm
Sun. Noon - 4 pm

June 1 - August 31
Mon. - Sat.
10 am. - 5 pm
Sun. Noon - 5 pm

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4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506

(814) 835-5356

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