Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Local Treasure

For my local fans, I want to share this awesome place we just discovered. Briar Bush Nature Center is like half an hour away, straight up 611, in Abington. It's the perfect place for a family-friendly hike. First, it's totally free. Second, there is more to do than just hike!

We started in the nature center which included many live animals to examine, pieces of nature to touch and activities to do. From there, we set out on an easy hike. There were several worthwhile stopping points along the way. First, a pond just teeming with toads. Vance even reached out and touched one! Then, the "playscapes" section where the kids played in a sand pit, walked through a man-made tunnel and enjoyed other thoughtful hands-on activities.

In addition to the toads, we saw scores of adorable chipmunks and even a fat and fluffy rabbit. All that before the bird observatory. That was a whole cabin with more kid-friendly activities and flocks of birds to admire from rocking-chair vantage points.

It was fun, easy and entirely free. If you haven't been there yet, I highly recommend it.

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