Earth Day Field Trip

Come join the Westmoreland Land Trust for an Earth Day celebration of wildflowers along the rich wooded slopes of Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve.  The first part of the walk is an easy stroll along Old Dirt Road Trail.  Those who wish to continue on a moderate walk can join us down the Wedding Trail for waterfalls and trilliums.  Along the floodplain of Blue Dell Run, see more flowers, and learn about recent tree and shrub plantings, and new interpretive signs.  
We will practice social distancing. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html for ways to enjoy the outdoors. Stay home if you do not feel well. Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with. Wear a mask.
Everyone of all ages is welcome, and no need to register.  Attend with walking shoes that can get muddy. If you have any questions, please contact Loree Speedy at loreespeedy@gmail.com or 724-518-6022.
Directions:  To reach the reserve from points east (Greensburg/ Irwin turnpike interchange) – From Turnpike, travel US 30 WEST (toward Pgh). Travel US 30 for 4.8 miles to turn right onto Leger Road. There is a Sheetz on the left corner (but get in right lane).Turn right onto Leger Road and travel (bearing left at any Y’s) through the countryside for 2 miles. (Ignore the closed road signs as they are referring to the bridge over Brush Creek).
At the base of a hill, continue straight onto Ardara Road when Leger Road turns right.  At the top of a hill, look for the green Ackermann Nature Preserve sign on the left and park at the end of the grassy strip between two homes.  It may look like you are turning into a lawn, but you will see the kiosk at the end of grassy strip.
GPS coordinates:  40.36105, -79.74410 – The GPS directions may direct you to turn right off of US 30 before Sheetz.  


Betsy Aiken
Executive Director
Westmoreland Land Trust
westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com
724 325-3031

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