Otter Creek Volunteer Work Days

Thursday, February 14 2019 9:00 AM to Saturday, March 23 2019 6:00 PM

Categories: Volunteer

The Lancaster Conservancy is seeking volunteers, 18 years and older, to help with a massive cleanup effort along a 3-mile stretch of floodplain on our 279 acre Otter Creek Nature Preserve in York County. A myriad of trash and hazardous debris, including: old trailers, tires, furniture, and plastics litter both sides of the floodplain along Otter Creek, which flows directly into the Susquehanna River.

How To Get Involved With The Cleanup:

Volunteers MUST SIGN UP beforehand and ARRIVE ON TIME. We have firm arrival times, due to the location of the work site. Volunteering at Otter Creek will involve a 1 – 2 mile hike, led by Conservancy staff, to the work site.

Due to the travel distance we are unable to accommodate late arrivals. If you sign up for the morning slot, we will be departing the parking area at 9 am sharp. If you sign up for the afternoon slot, we will again leave the parking area at 1 pm sharp. We cannot accommodate late arrivals. We appreciate your understanding.

After you sign up, you will receive an email with directions to the parking area, a volunteer waiver form and additional instructions on what to expect day of.  

Otter Creek Nature Preserve – York County – Volunteer Work Days

  • Thursday, February 28th: 9am – 12pm 
  • Saturday, March 23rd: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm 

Due to trail and preserve conditions along the creek we are seeking volunteers age 18 and older. Volunteers will focus on cleaning up trash and debris such as plastics and metal objects along the floodplain. Please bring your own gloves, a water bottle, a packed lunch if you are staying through the day; and hand pruners or loppers in the event trash is trapped behind debris. Dress for weather conditions and use precaution as trails may be slippery or strewn with hidden debris this time of year.

Extra gloves, trash bags, and limited supplies will be available for use. Water and refreshments will be provided. Join us for as little or as long as you like.

Sign up:


or via Facebook:

For Questions or help signing up, contact Christian Przybylek, Project Manager

Phone 717-392-7891  Text Message: (267) 368-2409  email  

Share details for our upcoming volunteer work days at Otter Creek with your network. Thank you in advance for your volunteer service and joining our partners including the Mason Dixon Trail Association, York Hiking Club, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeepers, Pennsylvania Game Commission and many others to help cleanup Otter Creek Nature Preserve and this beautiful natural area!

Take a Hike at Welsh Mountain

Wednesday, February 27 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Tour the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve with Lancaster Conservancy’s Director of Land Protection, Kathie Gonick, a practicing attorney and archaeologist.

Learn about the history of the acquisition of our largest preserve (approximately 917.297 acres) and the fascinating history of the property and the region.

We will meet in the parking lot before heading out on a 2.8 mile hike on the Blue Trail (2.4 miles) to the Overlook Trail ( 0.2 miles each way, out-and-back). We will also lead an alternate 0.5 mile hike on the ADA Trail if there is interest. 

Printed trail maps will be provided, but feel free to look over the trail map ahead of time!  Please wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes as we will be outside the entire time. There is no bathroom available on this preserve. 

Sign up on Evitebrite today! 

For any questions, please reach out to Kelly Snavely at or 717-392-7891 x207. 

Lancaster & York Public Trails Forum

Saturday, March 16 2019 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Categories: Presentation

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee and the Lancaster Conservancy will hold a Public Trails Forum on Saturday, March 16 at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Join trail partners and users from across the region from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. to participate in a facilitated discussion about all things related to trails. Share your ideas, opportunities, concerns, and management of trails at this free event.

Seating is limited to 60 people, register at Eventbrite

Info: Lydia Martin, Director of Education & Engagement, 717-392-7891 x 215,

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