We are a land trust and conservation organization in Willistown Township. For over thirty years, we have been working with private landowners to place over 7,200 acres under conservation easements. We practice science-driven conservation, with active Bird Conservation, Agroecology, Land Stewardship, and Watershed Protection programs. We have three nature preserves, open to the public every day from dawn to dusk, just seventeen miles west of Philadelphia. Want to learn more? Please visit wctrust.org.
Located on one of our nature preserves, the Rushton Woods Preserve, the new Rushton Conservation Center was designed to showcase the programs of Willistown Conservation Trust and to provide a venue to explore regional and national issues in conservation. With a timber-frame great room, a twelve-seat demonstration kitchen with a full pantry, and multimedia capabilities, the Rushton Conservation Center is a memorable destination for any gathering with a conservation purpose, from cooking classes featuring produce derived from sustainable agriculture to films or lectures about important environmental issues.
Culinary Program and Event Questions
We offer both hands-on and demonstration cooking classes. Our classes are two hours long, unless otherwise specified. In our hands-on classes, you will do most of the cooking. You will be standing, preparing food, cooking, and working in groups with other students, as directed by the culinary instructor. In demonstration classes, you will watch our talented guest instructors and chefs at work and enjoy the fruits of their labors. For many of our cooking classes, you will have the opportunity to pick produce directly from Rushton Farm. Come prepared for a fun, interactive, intimate culinary experience in a unique setting as you learn about sustainable agriculture.
Of course! You will receive a serving of all of the prepared dishes. For most classes, it is enough for a light meal.
Because many of our classes begin with a harvest walk through Rushton Farm for produce, please dress for the weather, in comfortable, durable clothing. For your safety on the farm and in the kitchen, please wear close-toed shoes and please tie back long hair.
Unless otherwise specified, classes are for adults, 18 and up. We plan to have separate classes for families, children, and adolescents, with parental permission.
Yes, please. All classes require advance registration and credit card payment via our website. We are a non-profit, so our ability to produce quality programming is dependent on knowing how many participants we will have.
If you are interested in a class that is sold out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list. If enough people are on the waiting list, we will try to schedule an additional class.
We plan our class experience based on attendance and cap enrollment accordingly, so our classes are non-refundable. However, participants may send someone in their place if they are no longer able to attend. Please email email@example.com if you need to send a replacement.
As a non-profit, we reserve the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment or if weather causes problems. (Our inclement weather cancellation policy is to follow the Marple Newtown School District.) If we cancel a class, we will notify you directly and, whenever possible, reschedule the class.
Yes! We are happy to provide opportunities for groups to experience first-hand the benefits of sustainable agriculture and conservation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
We ask you to please take caution if you have food allergies or sensitivities. Our recipes use common ingredients that may not be specifically called out in the class menu. This includes different fruits and vegetables, honey, nuts and nut butters, wheat flours, gluten, dairy, soy, meats, spices, and more. If you have a food allergy, please discuss with us BEFORE signing up for the class. Adjustments cannot be made during class, although minor ingredient changes may be considered prior to the class. The Rushton Conservation Center is on a working produce farm and is NOT an allergen-free environment. We cannot guarantee that cross contact with allergens will not occur and neither Willistown Conservation Trust nor our employees or chefs assume any responsibility for a person’s sensitivity or allergy to any food item prepared in our classes.