The main entrance to Heinz Refuge at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia provides access to the Visitor Center and the refuge’s trail system. Gather under the covered structure by the first parking area on the right. We will travel on foot about ½ mile one way, and then back. It is easy walking, but attendees should be prepared in case there is rain, and expect to be away from their vehicle for two hours (if they remain for the duration of the walk).
Valley Forge National Monument
Meet at: Artillery Park Parking Lot, Valley Forge National Historical Park.
If you are using Google Maps or another GPS device, enter “intersection of Gulph Rd & E Inner Line Dr,” which is in Upper Merion Township. When you get to the intersection, turn on to East Inner Line Drive. In ¼ mile you will see the parking lot on your left. (Entering “Artillery Park parking lot” into your device takes you to the location of the cannons, not the parking lot). If driving from Phoenixville on Route 23, after the traffic light at Route 252, turn right onto Gulph Road. At the intersection with East Inner Line Drive, turn right. If driving from King of Prussia on Route 23 or North Gulph Road, enter the park near the main Visitor Center and stay on Route 23. Turn left on Inner Line Spur. At Gulph Road, turn left. In about ½ mile turn right onto East Inner Line Drive. If driving from Wayne entering the park on Route 252, continue to T, turn right onto Route 23 at the traffic light, then right on Gulph Road and right on East Inner Line Drive.
Fort Washington State Park/Militia Hill Hawkwatch
Meet at: Militia Hill Hawkwatch platform. The park entrance is off of Militia Hill Road. Proceed up the hill to parking lot. Meet at the lower platform of the hawkwatch tower, adjacent to the parking lot.
The John James Audubon Center is just minutes away from the Expo Center and is the first home of Audubon in the United States. It is filled with history, and a great site for migrating passerines. From the entrance on Pawlings Road, drive down the lane past the construction site of the new visitor center until you reach the parking lot.