Crosswicks Sanctuary

The Crosswicks Wildlife Sanctuary is a preserved habitat in the Pennypack Creek watershed. The sanctuary comprises about 20 acres of temperate, mixed hardwood, riparian forest with headwaters and several small streams. Trails give access to bird sites and managed habitat areas. Red maple, Tulip tree, American sycamore and Black tupelo provide tree canopy in most of the forest, while American beech trees dominate the southern end. Soils consist of Hatboro and Glenville types. Wildlife frequently seen include chickadees, sparrows, warblers, woodpeckers, frogs, deer and squirrels.

The public is invited to visit and enjoy the area. We ask only your cooperation in maintaining the Sanctuary in a state of natural beauty. The Sanctuary Committee conducts walks, clears trails and maintains birdhouses and shelters.

The sanctuary is owned and managed by Abington Township, with assistance from the Wyncote Audubon Society and the “Friends of Crosswicks” neighbors. The sanctuary is located in Abington Township, Montgomery County, 1-1/2 miles east of Jenkintown, 10 miles north of Philadelphia’s City Hall. The main entrance is at Delene and Crosswicks Roads, at coordinates 40.097947,-75.104610.

History:

With the intent to preserve the forest in perpetuity as a refuge for birds and other wildlife, two properties were donated to the National Audubon Society in 1956 and 1959 by a small group of local residents. In 2017, the sanctuary was transferred to Abington Township, and an additional 1.7 acres were donated that included the headwaters pond. Since 1956, dedicated neighbors have banded together as the “Friends of Crosswicks” to enjoy and protect its beauty and wildlife.

Several special areas in Crosswicks have been dedicated to early and active Wyncote Audubon members: the Esther Heacock Trail, the John Dornan Pathway, the Edward Hicks Parry Meadow, the Elsie Acker Trail, the Jean Seder Trail and the Nancy Posel Pond.

Eastern Screech Owl

Getting There

Wyncote Welcomes You!

There are lots of ways to get involved, including volunteering with the Friends of Crosswicks. Help is needed to improve trails, discourage invasive plants, and re-plant native species.

Complete our volunteer interest form to learn more about this and other opportunities with Wyncote. We like to think there’s something for everyone. Get to know us and learn more about volunteering, becoming a member and much more.