Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival

Festival Kick-off Speaker: Thomas Rainer on Friday, April 24!!!!

Thomas Rainer Flyer 1 Thomas-Rainer


Click Here for Festival Flyer PDF

Nurseries and Community Members Selling Native Plants:

Meadowsweet Native Plant FarmKeystone WildflowersSpring Haven NativesGo Native Tree FarmColumbia Native and Non-invasive Plant Meet-upHabitat MT

Environmental Organizations in Our Community

with Engaging Information Displays:

Audubon PennsylvaniaBluebird Society of PALancaster County Environmental CenterLancaster County Master GardenersLancaster Herpetological SocietyLancaster Sierra ClubPA Society of the American Chestnut FoundationLancaster County Conservation DistrictNed Smith Center for Nature and ArtLancaster County Beekeeper’s SocietyWild Birds Unlimited, LancasterRaven Ridge Wildlife CenterHeritage Creek Farm CampLancaster County Bird ClubPennsylvania Master NaturalistsCitizens Climate Lobby, Nesting Bee Blocks, Green Roof Bird Houses, Garden Benches by Jen and Rob Mohler, Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment @ F&MLand StudiesLittle, Conestoga Watershed AlliancePA DCNRChickies Creek Watershed AlliancePA Amphibian and Reptile AtlasGMO Free Lancaster CountyYork County Master Gardener, Deb Carman, Butterfly Educator, and MaeScapesGMO Free Pennsylvania

Want to be part of the festival next year? Contact us:

Live Animals:

Birds of Prey 10am-12noon

Honeybee Hive @ Lancaster County Beekeeper’s Society

Live reptiles @ Lancaster Herpetological Society

Caterpillars and Pupa @ York County Master Gardeners and MaeScapes

Baby Chicks @ Heritage Creek Farm Camp

Kids Activities FREE ALL DAY LONG!!!!

Crafts, games, and activities – look for the kids tents!

1:00 pm Children’s Puppet Show with Carolyn Mogey, founder of Once Upon a Fairytale Puppet Theater

Kids Activities sponsored by Heritage Creek Farm Camp and Manheim Township Recreation and Parks Department Summer Camps!!


10:00 a.m. – “Leaves of Three, Let it Be” – Priscilla Simmons, Lancaster Master Gardener Apprentice – In depth look at the native plant, poison ivy.

10:30 a.m. – “Pruning 101” – Forester Martin Stolpe

11:00 a.m. – “The Ecology and Management of the Eastern Bluebird” – Dean Rust , Bluebird Society of PA

11:30 a.m. – “Vermicomposting – How Worms Ate My Garbage” – Sierra Club, Lancaster

12:00 p.m. – “Collecting and Growing from Seed” – Tim Eck, Columbia Native & Noninvasive Meet-up

12:30 p.m. – “Intro to Backyard Beekeeping” – Lancaster County Beekeepers Society

1:00 p.m. –  “Natural Landscaping: A Landscape Revolution” – Kelly Gutshall, RLA, ASLA, President of LandStudies, Inc, an award winning ecological design/build firm based in Lititz – A showcase of local meadow and rain garden examples that will demonstrate important

1:30 p.m. – “Living with Urban Wildlife and Eastern Coyotes” – Dr. Sarah Dawson, Wohlson Center for the Sustainable Environment.

1:30 p.m. – “Pruning 101” – Forester Martin Stolpe

2:00 p.m. – “Update of Green Infrastructure” – Ruth Hocker, Stormwater Program Manager, City of Lancaster – Improvements to tree management, new tree ordinance, efforts to improve tree canopy and vegetative cover.

2:30 p.m. – “Local Impacts of Climate Change” – Citizen’s Climate Lobby

3:00 p.m. – “Conservation and Your Footprint” – Dr. Haines, Wildlife Biologist, Millersville University – See how scientists can assess our conservation efforts using satellite data.


GIANT Food Stores, Oregon Dairy, Turkey Hill Dairy, Wendy Brister, Manheim Township Department of Parks and Recreation, Tim Eck, Kelsey Frey, Soul Restaurant, Rice and Noodles Restaurant, Yangs Restaurant, Kim Frey, Louise Shaefer at Edge of the Woods Nursery, Jose Urdaneta and Hector Valdez at wlch FM 91.3 radio centro, Manheim Township Public Library, Jose Diaz, Dorothy Vertti, Mary Smigel, Dennis Schmick, Katrina Anderson, Martin Stolpe, and Margie Earnest.

A few pictures from the 2014 event!  See ALL the pictures on our facebook page at

Martin Pruning Talk

Pruning 101 Workshop with Martin Stolpe

Mark Kocher- Great Horned Owl

Bird of Prey Programs with bird rehabilitation volunteer, Mark Kocher

LHS Table- Monica

Garter snake with Monica at the Lancaster Herpetological Society booth

Lancaster County Parks

Lancaster County Parks education display

Lancaster County Master Gardeners

Lancaster County Master Gardeners pollinator display

Kelsey and Sheryl

Volunteers, Sheryl and Kelsey.

HMT sale

Habitat MT plant sale

Festival 2

Some of the displays at the festival- Sierra Club Lancaster Group, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster County Master Naturalists, Lancaster Herpetological Society.

Ellen at Kids Table

Kids table!

Diane and Paul Cusumano

Diane and Paul of Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Dorothy and Jose

Jose and Dorothy at the Welcome Table

Mark Kocher

Mark Kocher with Great Horned Owl.

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