This time of year, The Lodge at Woodloch gets a little cranberry crazed. Cranberries are a wetland fruit which grows on trailing vines like a strawberry. The beds where cranberries can be found were originally formed by glaciers over 10,000 years ago. The glacial deposits created layers of organic materials (sand. Peat, gravel and more) that created the environment necessary to sustain healthy cranberry plants. Wetlands are nature’s sponges; they store and purify water and help to maintain the water table.
Cranberries are found throughout the Northeast of the United States and The Lodge at Woodloch is proud to have a naturally occurring cranberry bog right on our own property. The Cranberry Bog is located along the shores of the resort’s private 15-acre lake. The protected area is home to over 4 species of endangered plants and communities of plants and is a sanctuary to animals, birds and reptiles native to the lake region of Northeast Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Natural Heritage Program designated Little Lake Teedyuskung as 1 of 11 areas in Pikes County that have exceptional significance when it comes to plants and natural communities of plants
The Lodge at Woodloch has embraced a relationship with notable botanist, Dr. Timothy Block. Dr. Block is the John Jay Willaman Chair and Director of Botany at the Morris Arboratum and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the highest esteemed botanist, Dr. Block is helping the outdoor staff and gardening team at The Lodge realize the bogs full potential as an ecological treasure and educational forum. In asking Dr. Block what the greatest threat to bogs is, he replied “the lack of public appreciation for the ecological value of bogs to our environment.” Recognizing this need for more awareness, The Lodge at Woodloch has developed several workshops and protection programs to help increase the knowledge about bogs and its importance in the bio- diversity of the property.
The Lodge at Woodloch outdoor adventure team created a Bog Talk which takes guests on a tour of the naturally occurring bog – showcasing many of the endangered plants that call the bog home as well as the animals and birds that take refuge in the bog.
At The Lodge at Woodloch, we are committed to protecting our bog and its array of endangered plant species. Protection from water run-off has been enhanced by planting indigenous trees between the property and bog to help absorb water as well as a natural rock filtration project. It is a continual effort to make changes and efforts that keep our natural sanctuary at its best.
Cranberries on property (and in our region) are harvested in the fall when the fruit takes on its distinctive deep red color. Berries that receive sun turn a deep red when fully ripe, while those that do not fully mature are a pale pink or white color. This is usually in September through the first part of November. While weather permits, a kayak ride among the cranberry bog is truly unforgettable!