Land steward John Graham provides a glimpse of the tract’s diverse habitats, varying stages of forest succession, examples of active management and secluded spots where nature has been left to take its course.
Ponders Tract Audio Tour
Planning a visit to Ponders Tract? Before your trip, download our self-guided audio tour to your handheld device. It's like having a naturalist there with you in person!
In this audio tour, Nature Conservancy land steward John Graham discusses loblolly plantation restoration, local bird life and sustainable forestry practices.
Step 1: Download the Ponders Tract audio tour map. This map will help identify which audio tracks to play based on your location on the preserve, so make sure to take a copy with you on your trip.
Step 2: Download and save each of the below mp3 files to your handheld device. Play the corresponding track when you reach a waypoint along the trail. Listen to them all or pick & choose based on your interests!
1) Welcome to Pemberton Forest Preserve Ponders Tract
2) Sign 1: Habitat Restoration
3) Sign 2: Headwaters Protection
4) Sign 3: Atlantic White Cedar
5) Bench 1: Skidder Paths and Volunteers
6) Intersection of Piney Fork and Frog Pond Trail
7) Sign 4: Old Decking Site
8a) Sign 5: Wooded Wetlands
8b) Sign 5: Sand Dune Slope
9) Top of Sand Dune
10) Shortleaf Pine, Sand Dune Specialist
11) Sign 6: Forest Succession
12) Ingram Branch Way
13) Last Sign: Hardwood Restoration
Download the audio tour transcript.
(All files are .mp3 and should download automatically once clicked. If you have trouble downloading, right-click or control-click each file and then select 'Save')
About Your Guide
John Graham, a graduate of University of Delaware’s Wildlife Conservation Program, is a restoration ecologist and has been the chapter’s Land Steward since January of 2000. He enjoys working with volunteers and interns on many different habitat and trail improvement projects in Delaware because it is these folks who provide the backbone of our work. Without these good folks, very little would get done.