Naturalist's Notes

Brandywine Creek State Park

by Claire Mickletz, Brandywine Creek Naturalist

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Summer is a great time to visit the park, take a hike, visit the Nature Center, attend a summer day camp or attend a weekend program. The Nature Center at Brandywine Creek State Park is open on weekends. On select Saturdays, free programs are offered on topics such as local snakes, butterflies and dragonflies; please check the program guide for dates. The summer Owl Prowls and Guided Canoe Trips are also popular ways to enjoy the park.

At least one canoe trip is offered per month, from June through August. The four-hour trip leaves from the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA and ends at Thompson’s Bridge in the park. You are sure to see a Great Blue Heron or a fish swimming by during your trip. The guides will teach you basic canoe instruction and stay with the group during the entire trip, helping participants when needed. Be sure to register early for these guided trips because they do fill up quickly.

Summer is a busy time at the parks; however you choose to enjoy this great resource, please be sure to stop by the Nature Center and say “hello.”