Van Scott Nature Reserve open to the public
Upper Delaware River Region, Pennsylvania and NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is pleased to announce that the 144-acre Van Scott Nature Preserve at Beach Lake, Berlin Township, PA is open to the public.
Generously donated to Conservancy by the Van Scott family in May 2020, Van Scott Nature Reserve is Conservancy’s new headquarters and a welcoming and accessible place for people of all ages who want to discover, explore and enjoy nature.
The reserve includes more than three miles of publicly accessible hiking trails through forest, wildflower meadows and wetlands and will be home to year-round educational conservation programming including nature walks, forestry and land management workshops, demonstration projects and the Eagle Watch winter.
The property offers panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains of southern New York State and High Point State Park in New Jersey.
Located in the center of the Upper Delaware River region, the Van Scott Nature Reserve is a destination for residents and visitors that reflects our unique rural character and the needs of the local community.
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A former dairy farm, the property incorporates diverse habitats providing ample opportunities for conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation on self-guided trails including large open meadows, wooded areas, two ponds, a tributary of Beach Lake Creek. and wetlands. Other agricultural structures will be adapted over time for new and improved educational programming.
As steward of this historic dairy farm, the Conservancy will honor the land and the families who have cultivated it for generations while inviting the public to visit, experience the natural world and our shared local history, and explore nature. . The Conservancy has launched a $ 5 million fundraising campaign to support the future of the reserve.
“We are inspired by the Van Scott family’s commitment to conservation, environmental education and sustainability,” said Executive Director Diane Rosencrance. “We look forward to fully realizing their vision for this property and welcoming the public to discover this magnificent natural space.”
The Reserve will be open from sunrise to sunset every day, unless otherwise specified. To help protect sensitive wildlife habitat, dogs are not permitted in the reserve. More information about the property, including full reserve rules and a downloadable trail map, is available at www.DelawareHighlands.org/vsnr. Trail maps can also be picked up from the kiosks at the start of the trails.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region. For more information, call 570-226-3164 / 845-583-1010 or visit www.DelawareHighlands.org.
This article originally appeared on Tri-County Independent: The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is pleased to announce that the 144-acre Van Scott Nature Reserve at Beach Lake is now open.