Valley Forge National Historical Park encompasses an area of great historical significance, as well as a substantial area of native biodiversity. The 3,500-acre park is one of the few, large, contiguous, protected areas in southeastern Pennsylvania that has a variety of habitat types including a river, numerous streams and forested wetlands, eastern deciduous forest, and tall-grass meadows. The park is surrounded by residential, commercial and industrial developments of Montgomery and Chester Counties on all sides; it is an oasis for native wildlife.
The Crayfish Corps
In 2008, the rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) invaded Valley Creek in Valley Forge National Historical Park. The rusty crayfish is a highly aggressive, non-native species that poses a significant threat to the continued health of the stream ecosystem.
Want to help?
Visit the Crayfish Corps webpage to learn more!
All ages are welcome and park staff will provide necessary training and equipment. Crayfish removal is accomplished using hand nets. Participants should be prepared to get in the stream and get wet.
The white-tailed deer management plan can be viewed here.
Last updated: May 6, 2022