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MNPS Field Trip: Ferncliff Peninsula Natural Area (Saturday)

  • 05/20/2017
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA


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Sponsoring Organizations: Maryland Native Plant Society and Botanical Society of Western PA

Created by a meander in the Youghiogheny River, this 100-acre peninsula is a unique habitat that contains many rare and interesting plants. The Youghiogheny River flows north, picking up seeds in Maryland and West Virginia and depositing them at Ferncliff, north of their usual growing range. The deep gorge is slightly warmer than the surrounding area, which allows these southern refugees to survive. Recognized for its botanical diversity for over a century, the 100-acre peninsula was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1973.

Leader: Joe Metzger



Bring: Lunch and water

Cancellation Policy: Trip will go in light drizzle; canceled if heavy rain.

Contact: (for additional information; not to register) Joe Metzger: or phone at home (301) 264-3161 or cell (240) 285-3925 [on day of trip]

Directions: will be sent to registered participants with their confirmation and pre-trip reminders.

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