Environmental Advisory Council
Calendar ~ Events of Interest

May

6      Curious Naturalist Workshops - 7:30 am - 3:00 pm at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington. Workshops include: spring migrant birds, herp hunting for turtles, frogs, snakes and salamanders, and a botany walk. Check here for times and details.
 
9      EAC Monthly Meeting - 7:00 pm at Lower Saucon Township Town Hall Building. Open to the public.

12   A Home for Bats (Family Night) - 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, 400 Belfast Rd, Nazareth. Learn about the challenges that our local bat populations are facing and how you can help them. We will demonstrate how to assemble a bat box and provide directions on how you can build your own. We'll also go for a walk along the creek to look for bats. Registration is required.

13   Organic Gardening School - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm at Rodale Institute, Kutztown. Spend a day with Rodale Institute learning a wide-variety of backyard gardening skills! Mini classes will include soil health for gardeners, backyard  composting, planting for pollinators, container gardening and more! This will be a great day with a variety of instructors helping your organic garden thrive. Registration and details. Class tuition: $60/person includes handout materials.

18   Speaker Series - “State of the Environment of the Lehigh Valley” 7:00  - 8:30 pm, presented by Abigail Pattishall, Ph.D.   Dr. Pattishall, VP for Conservation at Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus will present the findings from the “Lehigh Valley Return on Environment” report produced in 2015 by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Wildlands Conservancy. Held in the Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington.  Additional information.

19   Wildflower Identification Walk - 6:00 pm at Covered Bridge Park, 2465 Wehr Mill Rd, Allentown. Enjoy the height of the spring wildflower season, when the woods and fields of Covered Bridge Park are ablaze with color. We’ll take a leisurely stroll and learn about native plants. Fruit and water after our hike. Meet at Pavilion #1. $5.00 fee. Registration and details. 

20   Pond Restoration Workshop - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Air Products Environmental Education Center at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus. Join Penn State’s Master Watershed Specialists for a workshop on how to build or restore a backyard pond. Types of ponds, materials required, and lessons learned will all be shared. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay for the afternoon. Water, snacks, and equipment provided. Workshop from 10am-12noon and hands-on portion is 12-2pm. Free registration required.


June

3      National Trails Day - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington. Celebrate National Trails Day with LGNC and the D&L National Heritage Corridor. Enjoy family-friendly activities, including a Bug Safari, Life in a Pond, and Birding Around the Osprey House. There will also be a tour of our native plant gardens. Additional information.

13   EAC Monthly Meeting - 7:00 pm at Lower Saucon Township Town Hall Building. Open to the public.

15   Creek Crawl - 9:30 - 11:30 am at Covered Bridge Park 2465 Wehr Mill Rd, Allentown. Wade through the Jordan Creek looking for the wriggly critters that make it their home. Wear appropriate footwear that can get wet. No sandals. Lemonade and iced tea after our hike.
Meet at Pavilion #2. $5.00 fee. Registration and details. 

24 - 26   21st Annual Lehigh River Sojourn - Organized by Wildlands Conservancy.   The Sojourn is Wildlands Conservancy’s 54.5-mile guided paddling trip on the Lehigh River. The event begins in the Pocono Mountains and ends in Easton. Sojourners travel through our region’s metro-wilderness – treasuring scenic views, visits from resident wildlife and a shared appreciation for preserving the Lehigh River. Options to join for 1, 2 or all 3 days. Additional information.

30   Wild in the Parks: Fireflies & Night Skies – 7:30 -8:30 pm at Trexler Memorial Park, Springhouse Road, Allentown. Wildlands welcomes summer with a nocturnal wildlife presentation and family-friendly firefly game at this charming and vibrant park. All ages welcome. Free but registration is required.