Penguin Court and Thomas Road Farm comprise a stunning preserve of 1,089 acres of forests, meadows and open space; a spring-fed reservoir and pond; a 7,000 square-foot conservatory and a 3,700 square-foot greenhouse in Westmoreland County, PA. The property is owned by the Brandywine Conservancy, which is actively engaged in preserving the land and utilizing its resources for community benefit. Staff care for the grounds; grow native plants for wildlife habitat, biodiversity, restoration and education projects; and offer programming to support education, best management practices and the protection of the surrounding ecosystem.
In 2015, Richard M. Scaife bequeathed his family’s estate Penguin Court—named for the ten penguins that once roamed the property—and the Thomas Road Farm to the Brandywine Conservancy.
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Become a Volunteer
Post-Covid, assistance will be welcomed to pot up seedlings for our spring native plant sales, care for gardens on the grounds, maintain the orchard, conduct educational programs, or complete bird, amphibian, and reptile surveys. Contact us for more information.
Education and Research
Grounds may be used for student or professional research purposes. Contact us for more information.
Penguin Court Preserve Videos
Explore virtual nature moments from around Penguin Court's campus grounds.