Fern Hollow Nature Center (FHNC) was founded in 1997, received 501(c)(3) status, and was established in our current location, a 33 acre parcel of land owned by the borough of Sewickley Heights. This location includes a 2,500 square foot administration/meeting building, is adjacent to the Sewickley Heights History Center, and has a variety of green space: fields, pasture, meadow, gardens, and walking trails, all of which are accessible. In the spring of 2005, the Borough of Sewickley Heights hired a full time park naturalist/education director. Parts of her job responsibilities are to develop and conduct educational programs at FHNC.
History center recalls Sewickley Heights' rich past
Thursday, January 25, 2001
By Patricia Lowry, Post-Gazette Architecture Critic
Correction/Clarification: (Published Jan. 26, 2001)
G. Whitney Snyder had three dreams for the Borough of Sewickley Heights, where he grew up and where he and his wife, Jean, had raised three daughters and a son.
Snyder, the late president of Shenango Furnace Co. and a borough councilman for 40 years (including 30 as president), wanted to create a public park, a nature center and a history museum for the borough, which began as a summer resort for Pittsburgh industrialists.
To make the park, which opened in 1965, Snyder took the lead in converting part of the former Lewis Park estate, which the school district had intended to purchase, to park land, allowing it to remain open space. In 1993, he and others donated an additional 500 acres of undeveloped land, creating what is now a 1,000-acre park.
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