Asbury Woods: Giving You the Business
Asbury Woods Nature Center has been around for a long time.
It has been helping people learn about the environment and enjoy the outdoors since it first opened in 1957.
It was owned by the Millcreek School District until 2016. Now it is a non-profit.
Asbury Woods has lots of classroom and learning space, plus exhibits and small animals.
It also includes a nature boardwalk and miles of hiking trails including the popular Greenway Trail and the historic Brown's farm barn.
All of the part are important to the focus on the environment.
Executive Director Jennifer Farrar said, "The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with environmental, educational, and outdoor recreation opportunities. So everything we do somehow fits into one of those categories."
Asbury Woods works with a small staff, only about 12 full and part time staffers. But there are a tremendous number of volunteers, 500-600 every year.
Farrar said, "These are the people who commit to us for years. Some of them are coming once a week for the past decade or so."
The non-profit is continuing to grow.
The next big project, completely replacing the existing wooden boardwalk with a wider, well lit, more accessible walkway.