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Gordon Natural Area

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Gordon Natural Area

Merion Science Center
Room 010
720 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383


GNA Stewardship Manager

Name: Nur P. Ritter
Phone: 610-436-2722

Get Involved

It's the little things citizens do.  That's what will make the difference."

— Wangari Maathai, Environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner


"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.

You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.

— Author Unknown


As noted on the Home Page, the Gordon Natural Area was originally protected thanks to the efforts of concerned students and faculty members.  Likewise, since its inception the GNA has been able to survive and grow because of ongoing contributions from WCU students, faculty, and staff, as well as from members of the community.

If you're interested in helping out at the GNA, please check out the two sections below.  And, feel free to contact us with any questions:

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There are a range of opportunities that you can contribute to throughout the year.  Activities vary seasonally and include:

'Light' Trail Maintenance (walking the trails and trimming brush, picking up trash, etc.)
'Heavy Trail Maintenance' (repairing eroded trail sections, removing downed trees, etc.)
Seed Collecting
Tree planting
Native Plant Nursery work
Invasive Species Removal
What would you like to do??

If you would like to volunteer at the GNA, you'll need to fill out a Volunteer Waiver Form and bring it with you the first time that you come.  Note: Those under 18 will also need their parent's signature.

There is also the possibility of helping with office work, such as data entry, data proofing, developing content for the kiosk and website, etc. Note: The Volunteer Waiver form is not required for office work.


Students from the Earth Club planting trees along a 'decomisioned' trail.

Members of the Friar's Society participating in a cleanup of the trail system (Nov. 2016)

Students planting trees along a 'decomisioned' trail.



Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated!  We're always looking to expand the scope of the work that we do at the GNA and additionally funding will allow us to maximize our restoration and protection efforts.

To make a donation:

1) Go to the WCU Foundation Donation Page;

2) In the 'Fund' menu at the bottom of the page;

3) Enter the amount that you want to donate;

4) Select 'Enter A Fund' and then type in 'Gordon Natural Area' in the box that appears.


You can also mail a check to:

West Chester University Foundation

P.O. Box 541

West Chester, PA 19381


Checks should be made out to WCU Foundation. In the memo line, please add 'Gordon Natural Area # 2112-906FN.'

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