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Naturally Speaking: An invitation to visit Frog Hollow

Seeking solace? Want to hone your birding skills? Or, how about enjoying a guided program with fellow local naturalists?

Frog Hollow Nature Area is your opportunity to decompress, connect and enjoy the wonders of nature in southern Schuylkill County.

Formally known as the Frog Hollow Environmental Center, the site was dedicated as the second county park in Schuylkill County on April 20. It is located on Stone Mountain Road next to Friedensburg Fish & Game Association. You’ll find ample opportunities to view birds, wildflowers, trees and more.

Since 2020, the Schuylkill County Conservancy and Schuylkill County Parks and Recreation have been promoting the acquisition of this pristine area for protection from development and to ensure it’s accessible to the public to enjoy for generations to come.

After obtaining a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant and local support for acquisition, the conservancy, Friends of Frog Hollow and county officials celebrated the dedication of the opening of this unique and treasured property as a county park.

The other county park, of course, is Sweet Arrow Lake. It offers amenities such as a clubhouse for rent, a boat launch and many diverse programs for all to enjoy.

Frog Hollow will remain a passive park for walking, solace, and exploration of nature. The 28-acre forested wetland has unique springtime wildflowers and offers an abundance of amphibians. The Upper Little Swatara Creek has its beginning in the Frog Hollow area.

The site was willed in trust to the South Schuylkill Garden Club to be developed in memory of Samuel Ryland by his granddaughter Elsie Krammes. For years the club provided programming, including the Arts in the Hollow event plus wildflower walks.

The garden club had to relinquish the center to the St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is located in nearby Friedensburg. Over time, the church wanted it to be a public resource and then sold it to the county.

So many people over the years have contributed greatly to Frog Hollow. The Blue Mountain School District built the pavilion that is along the creek. Relatively recently, an Eagle Scout project led to construction of a floor in that pavilion.

Trails at Frog Hollow include the Woodland Trail, Fern Trail, Winterberry Trail and more. Each has its own personality if you would take the time to look.

Spring is a great time to explore the site for its many wildflowers that you will not be able to find at Sweet Arrow Lake. Yellow Trout Lily is common as is May Apple and various violets.

A committee of volunteers meets to provide services from litter cleanup to offering programs.

Frog Hollow is a plus for our county, and generations that succeed us will appreciate the hard work that people are doing now to make the site available for the community.

If you want more information please feel free to contact or call Julia at 570 292-
0823 or Jane at 570 628-4802.

Source: Berkshire mont

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