Peace Valley offers 14 miles of nature trails in the woods and meadows at the eastern end of Lake Galena. The walking options vary from groomed foot paths near the Nature Center Solar Building to remote hiking trails in the mature woods. The foot paths are generally mowed or graveled and provided with bridges or stone steps at creek crossings. The Hike and Bike Path is a blacktop trail continuing around the lake on Creek Road and New Galena Road. These trails thread through areas rich with life.
More than 250 species of birds have been sighted here. The bird blind near the Solar Building is frequented by cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, titmice, sparrows, and many other colorful species. The deer tracks, groundhog holes, muskrat dens, and squirrel nests indicate the great variety of life. The under story plants of dogwoods, spicebush, cedar and viburnums yield to maples, oaks, ashes and tulip trees in the mature woods. The meadows have a large variety of wildflowers in bloom through the three seasons. Spring beauties, trout lilies, loosestrife, asters and sunflower are a few of the many wildflowers common to the Nature Center.
The Special Wildlife Area is off-limits to humans, but can be enjoyed from the Chapman Road bridge or the duck blind. Osprey, cormorants, kingfishers, egrets, herons, turtles, snakes and frogs are easily viewed.
Guided family nature walks are conducted on Sunday afternoons in the spring. Other programs include moonlight hikes, programs of many kinds for all ages. Environmental Education programs for adults, preschool through high school, teacher/naturalist training courses and internships are offered throughout the year.
Community projects involve youth organizations and other nature related organizations. The Sunflower Shop (open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m), Tuesday through Sunday, sells birdseed from the barn and nature related books and gifts inside at the solar building. The bird blinds and trails are open from dawn ’til dusk.
The goals of Peace Valley Nature Center are to bring about a better understanding and respect for nature’s laws and balances through “hands on” earth education experiences and to provide a place where County citizens can enjoy the peace and beauty of a natural area.
THE FRIENDS OF PEACE VALLEY NATURE CENTER was organized and incorporated in order to aid Bucks County in carrying out these purposes. Membership supports environmental education and brings you the seasonal newsletter describing the various programs and activities.
The official registration and financial information of the Friends of Peace Valley Nature Center, Inc. may be obtained From the PA Dept. of State by calling toll free within PA, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
For more information, please contact:
PEACE VALLEY NATURE CENTER
170 N. Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Tel: 215.345.7860 Fax: 215.345.4529
Click [HERE} for directions to Peace Valley Nature Center.
Peace Valley Nature Center is a facility of
The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Robert G. Loughery, Chairman
Charles H. Martin, Vice Chairman
Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW
The Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, activities and facilities.