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.
Here are some helpful resources to enhance your visit to Valley Forge!
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?
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.
Over 315 species of animals have been reported within the park. 225 of these are birds! Such impressive species diversity has been observed within the park because of the variety, sizes and spatial arrangements of habitat types, including deciduous forests, tall-grass meadows, wetlands, and riparian zones.
The diversity of plant life that inhabits Valley Forge National Historical Park is directly related to the geology and hydrology of the area. Over 730 species of plants are known to occur within the park.
The white-tailed deer management plan can be viewed here.
Last updated: September 15, 2021