Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
|Location||1635 River Road, New Hope, PA, USA|
|Director||A. Miles Arnott|
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Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve (134 acres) is a nature preserve, botanical garden, and accredited museum located at 1635 River Road (Pennsylvania Route 32), New Hope, Pennsylvania. It is open daily except for major holidays; an admission fee is charged to nonmembers. A non-profit organization, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Association Inc., maintains the park in accordance to a management agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources & Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Today, the preserve contains nearly 1,000 of the 2,000 plant species native to Pennsylvania, growing in a naturalistic setting of woodlands, meadows, a pond, and Pidcock Creek, with some 2½ miles of walking trails. It is an excellent site for bird-watching. The visitor center includes a collection of nearly 100 taxidermic birds, over 200 nests, and some 600 eggs, given in 1972 by local ornithologist Charles Platt and displayed in dioramas, exhibit cases and photographic panels.
The mission of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is to lead people to a greater appreciation of native plants, to an understanding of their importance to all life, and to a commitment to the preservation of a healthy and diverse natural world.
The preserve was established in 1934 within the Washington Crossing Historic Park at the site where George Washington's army camped during the American Revolutionary War. Just five miles south of the preserve, Washington and his men crossed the Delaware River to fight and win the Battle of Trenton in 1776.