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Events for Thursday May 13, 2021

Grow With Me Series, Washington Crossing Park


Thursday May 13, 2021
4:00 PM

In partnership with DelVal’s Kids U! program, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park will host a virtual three-part virtual series for kids.

The series is set for April 8, May 13, and June 10 from 4 to 4:45 PM. Cost for one child is $17.76 per session, or $45 for all three sessions.

Children (ages 7-9) will learn:

The herbs used during the colonial era to make tea and preserve food
Tea taxes and the Boston Tea Party
How to make a paper teapot
How colonial gardens and kitchens were arranged
How colonists observed and identified certain types of plants
A virtual tour of Washington Crossing Historic Park’s two kitchen gardens, located at the Hibbs House and Thompson-Neely Farmstead, will be offered during the June 10 webinar.

Material kits will be mailed to each child participant prior to sessions. Common household materials will be needed, and adult supervision is required.

Instructors will be park historical horticulturalist Anna Davis-Agostini, and Katherine Becnel, volunteer coordinator for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.

Tales from the Crypt: Using Dead Plants to Resurrect the Past and Predict the Future


Thursday May 13, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday Night Nature (May 13) -

What is a native plant? The most commonly used definition for American plants is any species that were present before the arrival of European colonists. How do we know which plants were growing in a particular area during a given period? Herbaria – collections of dried and pressed plants – provide some of the best sources of information on the history of botanical life on Earth. Specimens spanning centuries of collecting can be used to infer where plant species were in the past, how they have moved in response to different environmental pressures, and which species are most at risk of being locally or globally eliminated. The development of new technologies has enabled research on herbarium specimens that would have seemed impossible to the botanists who originally collected them. In this presentation, Jordan Teisher, Ph.D. will survey some of these applications of herbarium specimens and make a case for ongoing investment in collecting and preserving plants.

Bowman's Nature Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope PA

VIA ZOOM, register here. Free!

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