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Ruth's Picks

Nature Walks

Free, guided by experts (PhD's), local. These walks are saunters, as the folks who attend are very interested in finding special plants & animals.

  • Usually checklists are handed out at the beginning of the walk; everyone is walking with a great sense of expectancy.
  • Only pictures are taken.
  • Walks last about 2 hours.
  • Along woodland paths, trails by creeks: no macadam.
  • Bring bug spray, a hat, and some water; wear appropriate shoes.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Wildflower Walk
Sat. Sept. 15, 9:30 am
Black Rock Sanctuary
Black Rock Rd (Rte 113), Phoenixville, PA
facilitator: Link Davis.
Look for the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (PWC) signes on Blackrock Road. The sanctuary is located along the Schuylkill River. Pass the dam, and will be just off Rte 113 on Blackrock Road.
Militia Hill Hawk Watch
Fort Washington State Park
Sept. 1 - Oct 31.  9 am - 5 pm
1-2 birders on site/on deck of hawk watch station.
bring your binoculars, drop in any time. parking lot next to platform.
sponsor: Wyncote Audubon Society

Ruth's Reads

Gentle excursions in the written word about nature, environment, ecology

  • Berry, Wendell, 1994 - Watch with Me
  • Brown, Tom Jr., 1978 -The Tracker as Told to William Jon Watkins
  • Dillard, Annie, 1974 - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall, 2013 - Braiding Sweetgrass
  • Kingsolver, Barbara, 2007 - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
  • Leopold, Aldo, 1966 - A Sand County Almanac
  • McPhee, John, 1971 - Encounters with the Archdruid
  • Montgomery, Ben, 2014 - Grandma Gatewood’s Walk
  • Pollan, Michael, 1991 - Second Nature
  • Pollan, Michael, 2001 - The Botany of Desire
  • Pollan, Michael, 2006 - The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Rich, Louise Dickinson,1970 - We Took to the Woods
  • Thoreau, Henry David, 1997 - Walden. Introduction & annotations by Bill McKibben
  • Warner, William W., 1977 - Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
  • Wohlleben, Peter, 2015 - The Hidden Life of Trees: A Visual Celebration of a Magnificent World

Happy Haunts

Secular sacred places

Maple Acres Farm                            2656 Narcissa Road., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

  • Feast for the eyes! Fun for kids, fields of zinnias
  • locally grown fruits and vegetables; farm animals
  • right behind the Plymouth Meeting Mall
  • Wetherill Park entrance across the street; nice place to picnic

Ott’s Exotic Plants                            861 Gravel Pike (Rte 29) Schwenksville, PA 19473

  • Green House and Nursery
  • Great all year round; conservatory.  Fall mum mountain spectacular
  • Around the corner from 8/18/18 Wildflower Walk w/ Link Davis


image credit: Link Davis