Part of The Stone Hill Greenway, The Eva R. Meng Wildlife Preserve and Bird Sanctuary is a 100 acre forested property in Lower Frederick Township featuring over two miles of trails.
Eva R. Meng Wildlife Preserve and Bird Sanctuary
Following the death of Ms. Eva R. Meng in 1994, the Valley Forge Audubon Society was fortunate enough to be willed 100 acres of forested open space in Lower Frederick, Montgomery County for itsownership, stewardship, and continuing its purpose as a natural place for flora and fauna to prosper.
Both Eva and her sister, Edna, were avid nature preservationists. A great thanks goes to the vision of these two women and the executors of their estate. Eva and Edna had also used their property as “Camp Ivy” for the Girl Scout Troop #3 of Schwenksville.
Over the years Camp Ivy provided many girls with an opportunity to learn of the natural environment and enjoy their camping experience.
The donated land is known as the “Eva R. Meng Wildlife Preserve and Bird Sanctuary”. A hiking trail named for each sister is designated within the site. The dedication ceremony was held on May 16, 1998.
Meng Sanctuary and Stone Hill Greenway feature over two miles of trails on four well-marked, color-coded paths. A parking area and restored Girl Scout Camp building are located at the east end of Meng Sanctuary, off of Delphi Rd. in Lower Frederick Township.
Natural features of Meng Sanctuary include, beautiful diabase rock outcroppings and a maturing upland forest dominated by Red Oak, Tulip Poplar, Shagbark Hickory, American Beech, and Red Maple trees.
Several wildflowers can be found including Spring Beauty, Violets, Liverleaf, Rue Anemone, Mayapple, and Showy Orchis. The lower wetland areas include Skunk Cabbage seeps, and there is a cattail marsh near the parking lot where many happy frogs, dragonflies, and other marsh animals reside. Breeding birds of note include Turkey Vulture, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, and Scarlet Tanager. Meng Sanctuary also hosts migrants such as Veery, Hermit Thrush, and White-throated Sparrow.
The woods have provided protection for a number of plant and animal species — 95 species of birds, 20 species of mammals, 261 species of plants, and over 52 types of fungi have been identified here. Certainly, surprising finds are yet to be revealed.
In August 2019, Valley Forge Audubon Society transferred the Meng Sanctuary property to Natural Lands. Natural Lands holds the conservation easement to the property and will provide continued stewardship into the future. VFAS will continue to be involved in presenting walks and other events at the property
Directions: Take Route 29 north from Collegeville through Schwenksville. Turn left onto Meng Road. This will be the first road to the left just beyond the traffic light north of Schwenksville, where the sign says Spring Mountain to the right. Meng Road bears right almost immediately.
Follow Meng Road to Mine Hill Road on the right . (Mine Hill Road goes off to the left before this). Turn right on Mine Hill Road, then left onto Delphi Road, the first road off Mine Hill Road. This is a sharp left onto a gravel road. Continue on Delphi Road a couple hundred yards to the sign and parking lot on your right for the Meng Sanctuary.