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Our mission is to promote responsible
stewardship through an appreciation and understanding of
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In memory of our longtime friend and supporter Miss "Patsy" du Pont. We will miss sharing the adventure of the hunt with our students.
Patricia du Pont, founder of the Fair Hill Pony Club, died peacefully at her Elkton (Fairview), Maryland, home on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. She was 94. Miss du Pont was the youngest of four daughters of the late Archibald and Elizabeth Heyward du Pont. In addition, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ann Valk, Carolyn Gibbons, and Marie (Levering) Scarlett.
An accomplished horse woman, show rider, and avid foxhunter, Miss du Pont enjoyed foxhunting with the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club, and later established and hunted her own pack of foxhounds. In 1954 she founded one of the first US Pony Clubs. Unique to the Fair Hill Pony Club was that Miss du Pont supplied the horses and her farm for lessons. Generations of Cecil County, Maryland, children who did not own a horse were given the opportunity to learn to ride and care for a horse. Miss du Pont never married. She loved her dogs and her horses, taking in many dogs and horses whose owners could no longer care for them. Through a private foundation, Miss du Pont made provisions allowing these dogs and horses to live out their natural lives in retirement at her farm.
At the request of Miss du Pont, there will be no memorial service. Those wishing to make a remembrance donation may contribute to their local animal welfare organization, or to the Fair Hill Nature Center, 630 Tawes Drive, Elkton, MD 21921
ARE THE LIFE BLOOD
support of membership dues, the Nature Center couldn't
function. A great community organization deserves great support
from those who care about the environment. If you’re
a member who has already renewed recently, THANK YOU! If you
would like to join or renew your membership, either send a
check to “Fair Hill Nature Center” or make on online donation. Categories are:
This is how we keep the Fair
Hill Nature Center a thriving community service. Please make
sure you’re a part of this effort! (Info
FYI. David Francis,
retired Professor of Biology
at the University of Delaware is conducting a plant inventory
of the Fair Hill NRMA. Here
his current list (caution, file may be too large for a dial-up
connection). GPS positions and locations on the 1998 Fair
Hill Trail Map
Updated Oct 11, 2012
The following United Way codes can be used to designate a donation to The Fair Hill Nature Center. In
Maryland: 260, Delaware: 5906, Southern Chester County: please use our Tax ID # 52-1667529, Address: 630 Tawes Drive, Elkton MD 21921
Please join us for our
Annual Member Meeting
Wednesday May 8th at 6:30 PM
-Tree planting in memorial garden for our friend Miss Patricia du Pont
-Raffle of Antique Trunk Coffee Table restored by Ralph Young
Summer Camp registation is open
though the following camps are filled:
Week 1 A Little Water Works
Week 2 A Summer Critters
Other events in Fair Hill NRMA
Events at The
Woodlawn Wildlife Area
Events at Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway
Outdoor workers, gardeners, campers, hikers, people who hunt, fish, golf, or picnic in parks, or children on a school nature outing are all at risk. Children are especially vulnerable since they run and play without caution. Download Lyme Disease Prevention Tips and info for School Personnel.
News Item: Fair Hill Nature center launching geothermal project
Support the Fair Hill Nature Center by shopping online
Visit our partner iGive.com and a portion of your purchase will be
contributed to the Nature Center.
Total Funds Raised through iGive: $1113.64
Total Members Participating: 20
LIST" If you have any of the following new or good-condition-used
items and you'd like to donate them to them Nature
Center, many grateful people would thank you!
*Energy efficient storm door
*200 collecting nets
*Portable CD player
*Empty coffee cans
Socks: plain white preferable- kids size grade 2nd -5th
*Sweat pants- kids sizes 6-12
Do you enjoy Fair Hill? Would you like to bring environmental awareness to our community? The Fair Hill Nature Center is now accepting positions for board members. The board sets policies, chooses direction, assists with special events, and generally advocates for future growth of the Nature Center. Application.
You, Thank You!
The Bar Foundation donated $5,000 to our 5th grade Program. Left to right in photo are David Parrack (Bar Foundation), John Bowlsbey (FHNC Board Member), Holly Hannum (FHNC Education Director), George Patchell ( YMCA Cecil County Executive Director), & Dennis S. Clower (Bar Foundation).
Thank you to the following people and many more for making our Trail Day a success!
Mario, Kyra & Sophie Gangemi
Gunter, Diana, Jack & Luke Shaffer
Jennifer and Peri Walker
Guylaine & Cameron Thomas
Amy & Graham Smith
Thank you to Foster’s Auto Service for their donation of tire valves used to make Rocket Launchers during our Hike and Build Summer Camp.
The Nature Center staff would like to thank Vincenti Decoys in Havre de Grace for helping to supply props for our new fourth grade program.
Thank you to Mr. Ron Hamlen of the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania for an awesome presentation on Lyme disease.
Thank you also to Bob Fallon for repairing our outdoor stair railing and Bernate’s (the turtle) Summer Home.
Finally, thanks to John Bowlsbey and his cousin Jim for masonry repair work on our front stone wall.
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Hours of Operation
from mid-March until mid-June and late-August until the end
of November, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekdays from mid-June until
end of July, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (closed week of July
Also, during other hours, weekends and other non-open
days, Board members and staff who are working at the Center
(which is quite often) usually open the doors so the public