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This Ramble will explore the fields of South Farm, passing by the Wister Specimen Tree Collection, the American Chestnut Nursery and the ruins of the old German-style barn of this tenant farm. We will identify the wildflowers and native grasses of the fields, which start to come alive at this time of year. Then it’s on to Pink Hill to discover the beautiful Philadelphia lily (wood lily) and other wildflowers, many of which are found only in rare serpentine ecosystems. This Ramble involves a moderate amount of hiking on rocky terrain, and there are two short steep areas. Sturdy hiking boots, bottled water and insect spray are recommended.

There’s more to discover in Tyler’s 650 acres. Join Dr. Richard Brenner for a walk through the various eco-communities at Tyler. From seasonal wonders, living fossils, meadows, watery locations, geological treasures, conservation areas, and unexpected wildlife, Richard will expertly guide you to prime areas for an experience you will remember. Expertise from others will often be on hand for a more in-depth exploration. These rambles are for those who have a love for nature, exploring, and learning. While a description of each ramble is posted in advance, we reserve the right to make last-minute changes, including adjustments for weather and trail conditions.

Upon arrival, please check in first at the Visitor Center, where you’ll then meet your guide.


Members: $5 per adult, $3 per youth ages 15-17 (sign-in for your Member discount!);

Non-Members: $21 per adult, $13 per youth ages 15-17. The fee includes admission, so feel free to stay the day!

Guest Pass Registrants: $5 per non-member. Please give your guest pass to the Visitor Center Associate at check-in.



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