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The Nature Conservancy’s Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve - Susquehanna County, PA

Conservation Area
Florence Shelly Preserve trail – George C. Gress

Nestled in rural Susquehanna County, The Florence Shelly Preserve and its 357 acres of biologically diverse habitats are home for a variety of wildlife. Visitors to the preserve will enjoy woodlands, wetlands, streams, meadows, a glacial pond and a floating bog full of rare and fascinating wildlife.

The namesake of the preserve Florence Shelly spearheaded its protection and organized a committee of citizen naturalists and volunteer professors from SUNY Binghamton to characterize and inventory the property. They found a rare red alga, insectivorous sundew and pitcher plants, black bears, otters, hummingbirds, and great-horned owls among other numerus species.

The Shelly family donated the land to The Nature Conservancy in the 1980’s.

Accessibility Notes

Located one mile north of Thompson Borough on Route 171 in Susquehanna County the Florence Shelly Preserve can be accessed from parking lots & trailheads located off of Route 171 across from Stack Road and at Little Ireland Road. The main trailhead and parking located at (41.881184, -75.518680).

Recreational Opportunities

The preserve is open to the public for hiking, bird and wildlife watching.

Join the Florence Shelly Stewardship Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers who take care of the preserve for a guided nature walk and volunteer opportunities. Guided walks are held May through October.

Seasons Accessible

The preserve is open year-round.

Guided, public walks are held from May through October.


Registration and donations are appreciated for guided programs

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