White Oak and SkyHiking through the Penn State New Kensington Nature Trail we have seen a rich diversity of plants and animals and explored the influence of environmental variables and site history on their distribution and abundance. Some organisms in our forest survive and perpetuate themselves by strategies of strength and very long lives.  Others rely on rapid, opportunistic growth to maintain themselves within the forest ecosystem.  The ongoing interactions of these species as they modify the limiting factors of the forest ecosystem generates the ecological process called succession.  Our forest ecosystem is always changing!  We hope that you will return soon to see the new events.

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