The VFAS Calendar of Events features bird walks, hikes, educational programs, and special events occurring primarily in Southern Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions. Click here for a downloadable March – August 2020 PDF calendar.
Events in August 2019
- Hike @ Militia Hill/Fort Washington State Park
Hike @ Militia Hill/Fort Washington State Park
If the meadow we hike through is in bloom, it’ll help us enjoy the Green Ribbon Trail. Also, some pretty Wissahickon Creek views.
DIRECTIONS: From the blue route, 476, take exit 20 (Plymouth Road), stay to the left up to Plymouth Road & turn right. Turn left at the light (short distance) for Butler Pike. In a short distance (before the curve), turn right on Militia Hill Road (stay straight!). Go about 2 miles to the dead end at Stenton Avenue (traffic light) & turn left. In about 100 yds, turn right on Militia Hill Road (traffic light). Stay on this for over a mile (you’ll cross Joshua Road) to the entrance on the right (there’s a Militia Hill Picnic Area sign but it’s small so slow down. There’s also a Fort Washington Park sign to the left of the entrance but it faces the road so it’s harder to see. Follow the road as it curves to the right and turn right into parking lot. (There’s a bird- viewing stand opposite parking entrance).
Leader: Marilyn Furfari, cell: 610-945-5228
- Hike @ Perkiomen Trail: Spring Mount Village
Hike @ Perkiomen Trail: Spring Mount Village
A flat walk with great views of the creek, passing the Philadelphia Folk Festival Grounds and nice rock formations. You may walk two
miles north and return or walk 3 miles and return. Bring water and lunch or eat nearby after the hike.
DIRECTIONS: Take Route 422 West to the Collegeville exit (Route 29 north). Continue on Route 29 north to Schwenksville. Turn right onto Spring Mount Road – at the “Spring Mountain Ski Area” sign. Continue to Main Street. Cross over Main Street and park in the lot by the Tavern.
Leaders: Pat and Jeff Robbins, cell: 610-952-2136.
- Hike @ Willisbrook and Serpentine Preserves
Hike @ Willisbrook and Serpentine Preserves
This will be a short, easy hike, mostly flat and about half in the shade. Bring water and lunch or money to buy lunch nearby.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Routes 252 and 30, take route 30 west about 0.5 miles to where Paoli Pike branches off to the left. Take Paoli Pike about 3.5 miles to Line Road (just past Bryn Mawr Rehab) and turn left onto Line Road. Go about 0.5 miles to the parking lot for the Serpentine Preserve. OR: From the intersection of Route 352 and Paoli Pike take Paoli Pike northeast toward Paoli 1.1 miles to Line Road, turn right and proceed as above.
Leader: Ann Lane, cell: 443-472-8716, email@example.com.
- Hike @ Lock 60
Hike @ Lock 60
DIRECTIONS: From King of Prussia, take Route 422 to the Oaks Exit. Turn left and drive southwest on Egypt Road to Route 29. Bear left onto Route 29 (Bridge St.). Drive past the traffic light in Mont Clare just before the bridge. As soon as you are on the bridge, turn right and take Towpath Road to the end. OR: From Valley Forge
NHP, drive west on Route 23 to the light at Starr Street, south of Phoenixville. Turn right onto Starr Street and drive down to the light at Bridge Street. (You’re on Route 29 North.) Turn right and cross the river. While still on the bridge, turn left onto Towpath Road and drive to the end. GPS does not always work for this location. Towpath Road enters from Route 29. It is Mont Clare on the North side of the river.
Leader: Esther Underhill, home: 610-827-7776, cell: 267-615-1577 (note new cell number), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Boating & Birding
Boating & Birding
BYO kayak/canoe or rent one on-site and join us for a paddle around the reservoir at Marsh Creek State Park followed by a chance to stretch our legs along the nearby Red Trail. We will look for birds while paddling and strolling - a perfect chance to practice multi-tasking! Meet at the boat launch on the western side of the park.
Leaders: Patty Werth ( email@example.com) and John Werth
- Hike @ Pennypack Park
Hike @ Pennypack Park
DIRECTIONS: Use your GPS or call leader for directions. Park entrance is on south side of Pine Road opposite Fox Chase Farm. There’s a nice food cart on the Pine Road entrance to the park and picnic tables close by for after hike lunch.
Leader Gary Rigg, 610-716-7654.BrewBirding @ Bryn Coed Preserve
BrewBirding @ Bryn Coed Preserve
Bryn Coed Preserve (1869 Flint Road, Chester Springs) is a 1,505-acre mosaic of forest and farmland. and one of the newest Natural Lands preserves. This protected area includes a Pennsylvania Champion white oak, the headwaters of the Pickering Creek, and several Bald Eagle nesting spots. Miles of hiking trails meander past 19th century stone farmhouses, historical ruins, and other remnants of the land’s agricultural past. Join us as we look to add new species to this new birding hotspot's bird list. Join us after the walk for brews and/or dinner at Rebel Hill Brewery 420 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville.
Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Werth (215-859-1148)