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Heritage Happenings  
July 2018
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W e' re looking for a couple of hardworking and friendly professionals to join our team...
P hoto from our Decades of Preservation celebration 

...a passion for our area's natural and historic heritage is a plus!

Full-time Community Engagement Associate: Click HERE to learn more about the position and how to apply.


Full-time Conservation Steward: Keep an eye on the Opportunities section of our website; the listing will be going up soon! 

The Wind in the Willows of Bucks County
Less than 200 copies of the collector's edition leather-bound version of The Wind in the Willows of Bucks County are available to the public for a donation to Heritage Conservancy's Keeping The Promise (KTP) fund, which can be submitted through our website HEREThis book is a community legacy piece and high-end collector's item that will be cherished for years to come. 
Community Conservation Celebration
Sunday, August 12th
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Silver Lake Nature Center 
1306 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007

Join Heritage Conservancy for a FREE day of fun for the whole family at Silver Lake Nature Center! Walk the trails, meet live animals, explore the popular on-site EarthShip, and find out what you can do to make a difference in your community. This celebration will have activities and games for guests of all ages to enjoy.  

Contact Shannon at 
215-345-7020 ext. 104 or sfredebaugh@heritageconservancy.org to register, or click HERE for more information.
In the News

Our summer fellows and their great work at Bristol Marsh were recently featured in The Intelligencer! Read the Article
Heritage Conservancy's Hike-A-Thon Finale and Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 8th
Rain date September 15th
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fuller Nature Preserve 
Slifer Valley Road
Springfield Township, Bucks County
(Parking along Walnut Lane)

Join us for a walk along the Delaware Canal towpath to Heritage Conservancy's Sol & Rose Preserve. The event is FREE and open to the public!

Contact Emily at ehart@heritageconservancy.org or
215-345-7020 ext. 107
to register, or click HERE for more information.
Concerts in the Garden
Tuesday, August 28th
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Aldie Mansion
85 Old Dublin Pike
Doylestown, PA 18901

Concerts in the Garden is back for the summer every 4th Tuesday of the month from May through September! Just like Martha Dana Mercer did in this same garden more than 50 years ago, we're opening Aldie Mansion and inviting people to come sit on the lawn and listen to great local musical acts.

Rain or shine! Free for everyone! No need to register. Bring your own seating and picnic dinner if you wish. Click HERE for more information on bands, or contact us at 215-345-7020 with any questions.
Farm to Table
Saturday, August 4th
Beginning at 5:30 PM
at Heritage Conservancy's
Russell-Mandel Preserve
1515 Holicong Road
Buckingham, PA 18912

Farm to Table is always a wonderful event, and this year will be extra special because it is Farm to Table's 10th anniversary! Join us at a picturesque preserved property and enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by Jamie Hollander Catering & Events using farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients. This event sells out every year so don't wait to purchase your tickets!

Farm to Table is BYOB. To purchase tickets or learn more, click HERE
Any time of year is perfect for a wedding at historic  
Aldie Mansion!

Visit our
for details.
Meet the Interns!
The summer interns of Heritage Conservancy--Heather, Courtney, Bryce, and Kyle (left to right)--are four college students doing fantastic work on our preserved properties throughout Bucks County. Their diverse projects include removing invasive plants, setting up duck boxes along a river, and creating management plans for different properties. Here's how the internship program is influencing the career paths of each of these hardworking students: 

Heather Smith - A senior at Shippensburg University (graduating this December), Heather is majoring in geography with a concentration in human-environmental studies and minoring in German and International Studies. She comes to the Conservancy with a strong interest in open space preservation and natural resource conservation. Her work on the management plan for Heritage Conservancy's Crawford Property in New Hope Borough, as well as her role in educating the public about the importance of conservation, is excellent preparation for her future, which she hopes will involve GIS and environmental fieldwork.

Courtney Knight - Courtney, a biology major with a specialization in zoology, is entering her senior year at Delaware Valley University. Having grown up in a historic town and spending much of her time in nearby state parks, Courtney is happy for the opportunity the internship allows her to contribute to the conservation efforts of Heritage Conservancy. She is currently involved with creating a management plan for one of Heritage Conservancy's properties.

Bryce Norvell - Bryce is in his final year at Delaware Valley University. His interests and environmental studies align well with the mission of Heritage Conservancy, and he enjoys the wide variety of work experience that he is able to get with this internship.

Kyle Thompson - Enrolled at Bucks County Community College but aiming to finish his undergraduate studies at Delaware Valley University, Kyle is an Environmental Science major who is exploring the type of outdoor work possible in his field. "I've been working at a warehouse for about five years," says Kyle. "Being there made me realize how much I wanted to be outside." He learned of the Heritage Conservancy internship position from his college advisor and has found it to be the perfect opportunity to get some valuable career experience.
The votes are in...These are the 2018 Photo Contest winners!
The votes have been counted, and we're excited to present the winners of this year's Photo Contest! These 13 entries will be featured in the 2019 Heritage Conservancy wall calendar, which will be available in late October for a $20 donation. Thank you to all who entered the contest and to everyone who voted!
Start Planning for Your Christmas Party at Aldie Mansion!

Photo by Mike Maney
Photo by Mike Maney

If you've ever visited Aldie Mansion in the wintertime, you've surely felt the magic that's in the air! The cozy glow of the fireplaces, the exquisite holiday decorations, the delicious food and hot mulled cider, the good company--everything is ideal for celebrating the holiday season right.

This year, host your special event at the stately Aldie Mansion and impress your guests with an unforgettable evening of elegance. Whether you're entertaining colleagues or friends and family, Aldie is the perfect setting to ensure your party is talked about for years to come. The mansion can accommodate small gatherings as well as larger parties hosting up to 200 guests.

When you choose Aldie Mansion as your celebration's venue, a portion of the proceeds benefits Heritage Conservancy. You can feel good knowing that your event is contributing to our organization's mission, which is to preserve and protect our natural and historic heritage.

Click HERE to view more photos of Aldie Mansion. For availability, sample menus for all budgets, or other inquiries, contact Kimberly Bates, Sales Manager for Jeffrey Miller Catering, at 215-348-3509.

We hope to see you at the mansion this holiday season!
Heritage Conservancy is Applying for Reaccreditation
As part of our commitment to this community, Heritage Conservancy is seeking reaccreditation. The Land Trust Accreditation Program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

Heritage Conservancy is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant's policies and programs. Out of approximately 1700 land trusts nationwide, Heritage Conservancy is one of only 398 that have received accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This prestigious designation means that we have achieved national standards for excellence, trust and permanence.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Heritage Conservancy complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. Click here to see the full list of standards.

Comments may be submitted via the following methods:
Email: info@landtrustaccreditation.org
Fax: 518-587-3183
(Attn: Public Comments)
Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments
36 Phila Street, Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Comments on Heritage Conservancy's application will be most useful if submitted by September 15, 2018. To learn more about the accreditation program, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
Hit the Trail without Hurting the Trail
We are lucky to have so many inspiring hiking spots to choose from in Bucks County. Walking around outside and soaking up the beauty of nature is a wonderful way to maintain physical fitness and recharge the mental batteries; plus, it provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with family or friends while taking a break from screen time and sedentary activities. Enjoy the outdoors responsibly! Here are a few things you can do to reduce negative impacts on surrounding ecosystems while you hike:
  • Stay on marked trails. Sometimes the areas on either side of the path are designated natural areas that aren't meant to be disturbed. No need to damage plants and organisms off-trail when there's a path laid out for you.
  • Leave things where you find them. Refrain from taking souvenirs--don't pick a flower bouquet for your dinner table centerpiece or decide to take that cute little toad home as a pet.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. The last thing anyone wants to see on a nature hike is a Snickers wrapper crumpled up in the ferns. Pack all waste in your backpack and dispose of it properly afterward. Make sure trash is tucked securely away, not stuffed loosely in a shallow pocket where it can fall out accidentally.
  • Don't feed the wildlife. It's okay to be greedy with your snacks! Sharing food with animals you encounter on the trail can be harmful to their health and alter their long-term foraging habits.
Put these trail tips into action during our third Hike-A-Thon event of the summer! We'll be lacing up our hiking shoes and enjoying the beauty of Fuller Nature Preserve on September 9th. See you there!