News & Events


A wonderful ‘full circle’ feeling: A new land conservation easement preserves over 55 acres in Upper Bucks County

This month Heritage Conservancy has completed the preservation of a 55.6 acre property in Richland Township in Upper Bucks County. The Corn Property is adjacent to Heritage Conservancy’s 70-acre Quakertown Swamp Preserve, which is a DCNR-designated Native Plant Sanctuary. With its rare and endangered plant species, this property adds to the sanctuary. It also provides [...]


Heritage Conservancy installs a MOTUS wildlife tracking tower in Lower Bucks County

At the very end of August, Heritage Conservancy completed installation of a new MOTUS wildlife tracking station atop Keystone Elementary School, next its to Croydon Woods Nature Preserve in Croydon. The project will provide the global science community with critical information on local wildlife migration. “We are feeding data to scientists around the world,” says [...]


Chimney Swifts: A Species in Decline

A chimney swift darts over a pond in Prospect Park in NYC. Photo by Ryan Mandelbaum. Introduction The US Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) published its State of the Birds 2022 report last fall. Among its key findings is a list of birds whose populations have fallen by half between 1970–2019, [...]


BioBlitz Results Released in New Documentary

Photo by Kara Foran. This past spring, Heritage Conservancy hosted a BioBlitz event at our Croydon Woods Nature Preserve. This 24-hour biological survey was a huge success as staff, biologists, and community scientists identified hundreds of species that utilize the preserve. To conduct the surveys, professionals and community scientists used multiple traps and visual encounter [...]


An “Accidental Meaningful Watershed Education Experience” with Heritage Conservancy’s Community Education Outreach

At Heritage Conservancy, we work to inspire the next generation to respect nature and care for their surroundings. When it comes to conservation and environmental education, we like to start outreach early! So we were heartened to hear from leaders at No Longer Bound, a community nonprofit that serves the community around Bristol — young [...]


We’re Growing! Meet Heritage Conservancy’s new team of part-time Environmental Educators

Heritage Conservancy’s new part-time Environmental Educators. A key part of Heritage Conservancy’s mission is to connect our community to the natural world and foster respect for and understanding of the ecosystems that support us. To galvanize this effort, we have just hired 12 passionate and energetic new part-time Environmental Educators who bring a wide range [...]


Heritage Conservancy’s Farm to Table Fundraiser Nets Over $85,000

Our Russell-Mandel Preserve at sunset, as a hot air balloon passes above the celebration. Photo by JP De Guzman. On a perfect July evening, 200 people joined us for our annual Farm to Table fundraiser. This unique celebration included a delicious, locally-sourced menu prepared by Jamie Hollander Catering & Events, beautiful views of our Russell-Mandel [...]


Find These Three Mushrooms of Summer

We’ve reached the depths of summer, as evidenced by intense waves of heat and humidity. Solace from our powerful sun awaits beneath the shade of trees, and lucky for us, interesting organisms exist there too. Mushrooms occupy the forest floors throughout the year, but in late summer – and even more so in early fall [...]


The Mountain Laurel – PA’s State Flower

Mountain laurels (Kalmia latifolia) blooming on one of Heritage Conservancy’s properties. Mountain laurels are gorgeous shrubs that have been Pennsylvania’s state flower since 1933. It is one of the few evergreen shrubs that is native to Pennsylvania, however it is very widespread across the state. It is in the heath family living on drier, more [...]


Garden Party 2023

Held on June 8th of this year, our annual Garden Party is our opportunity to share our appreciation with our community of supporters. Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate our shared preservation successes! This year’s program included a special recognition of Heritage Conservancy’s Legacy Society who joined us for a special pre-event [...]



    1. Supporting Environmental Literacy Across the Curriculum with the MWEE Framework

      October 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    2. Kayak Trip to Hendrick Island

      October 8 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
    3. Mushroom and Salamander Hike

      October 15 @ 10:00 am
    4. Glow Hike

      October 20 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
    5. Flora and Folklore

      November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm