Our nature preserves are open to the public 365 days per year from sunrise to sunset, providing natural places that offer peace and respite for all. Willistown Conservation Trust owns and manages Hartman Meadow, Ashbridge, Kirkwood, Kestrel Hill and Rushton Woods Preserves. We maintain these lands to preserve and enhance … Learn more about our nature preserves.
Ashbridge Tree Planting
Become a steward to the land and water by planting trees along Ridley Creek with Willistown Conservation Trust! You can help protect Ridley Creek from pollution and transform our natural landscape for generations to come by planting native trees and shrubs alongside WCT staff.
At this fun and rewarding event, you will make a positive impact on your community and stream health, network with like-minded neighbors, and learn about the value of streamside forests.
This event will require a small stream crossing, so wear shoes and pants that can get wet! Please bring your own gloves, water bottle, and snacks.
About Lauren McGrath | Director of Watershed Protection
Having worked as the Director of Watershed Protection Program at the Trust since 2017, Lauren is responsible for creating and building the Watershed Department into what it is today! With the help of her Co-ops and Conservation Associates, she oversees important research in the 190+ miles of streams in our focus area, including the headwaters of Ridley, Crum, and Darby Creeks, to understand how to protect freshwater resources and ensure clean, safe water for all. She has a Bachelor of Science from Ursinus College where she focused her independent research project on the impact fracking has on macroinvertebrate populations, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied the aquatic macroinvertebrates with Stroud Water Research Center. Out of the water, Lauren enjoys cycling and hiking, as well as quilting, knitting, and crocheting.