Come Take a Walk at the Brandywine River Museum – by Ali

With the heat wave behind us there is nothing better than taking a stroll outside after a museum visit! This past week I decided to go on a walk and take in the Brandywine sights. The River Trail takes you along the Brandywine floodplain, and felt quite refreshing! It’s about one mile roundtrip, and takes you to the meadow across from John Chads house.

Start of the trail behind the museum’s building along the Brandywine River. The Alluvial Forest helps keep the wetlands of the Brandywine’s ecosystem healthy.
The start of the trail behind the museum’s building along the Brandywine River.

The Alluvial Forest helps keep the wetlands of the Brandywine’s ecosystem healthy.

Recently about 30 volunteers and employees participated in planting native grasses and shrubs on the campus of the Brandywine Conservancy (which includes the Brandywine River Museum and the Environmental Management Center) in hopes to reduce storm-water runoff and improve water quality. Once the plants mature, they will begin using more water. This will reduce runoff, and I’m personally curious to see how it affects those dreaded flood days!           

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Brandywine Conservancy staff and volunteers planting away!

Another goal of theirs is to create a trail network from the museum to the N.C Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth studio to the Kuerner Farm! This is exciting news to me and I hope it happens soon! Who else would be interested in exploring those future trails?

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For more information about the Conservancies goals visit http://chaddsfordlive.com/2013/07/24/conservancy-practices-preaches/

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Happy trailing!

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