Increasing Accessibility: Floodplain Trail -

Wildlands Conservancy, together with the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL), has identified opportunities for increased accessibility at our Emmaus-based Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. The Floodplain Trail, which is sought-after for its boardwalk and beautiful view of the Little Lehigh Creek, is among the sanctuary’s features slated to be enhanced this year.

Lower Macungie Township Purchases Campbell Tract -

Luther R. Campbell, a longtime Lower Macungie resident and environmental enthusiast, passed away in October of 2016 leaving his 16.5-acre property to Wildlands Conservancy through a conservation easement. The property, situated at the intersection of Cedar Crest and Lower Macungie Road, is especially significant for containing a spring, which acts as a major source for […]

Grasslands Restoration Continues at Trexler Nature Preserve -

Trexler Nature Preserve, a premier Lehigh Valley outdoor space, has been maintained by the County of Lehigh since 1935. The 1,108-acre expanse is divided into three ranges: the Northern, the Central and the Southern. In 2015, Wildlands and partners commenced efforts to restore native grasslands and eradicate the Autumn olive, an invasive species that has rapidly […]

Moravian College Conducting Wildlands’ Water Studies -

Macroinvertebrates, small aquatic creatures that help indicate stream health, are pretty huge for Moravian College students aiming to realize careers in the natural world – especially when their studies are guided by Wildlands’ environmental experts and put to work for real-world research. Led by their biology professor Dr. Frank T. Kuserk, students in environmental science […]

Journey to Oz Geocaching Celebrates St. Luke’s Families with Courage! -

Wildlands Conservancy, St. Luke’s and Zoellner Arts Center hosted an exclusive Journey to Oz geocaching experience to celebrate kids and families with courage on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus. The event provided a free and fun get-outdoors experience for St. Luke’s families who’ve endured difficulties in the health arena. The idea […]

Does the Endangered Flying Squirrel Call Thomas Darling Home? -

Wildlands Conservancy’s 1,300-acre, Pocono-based Thomas Darling Preserve contains one of the state’s largest and healthiest spruce forests. Located in the stunning Pocono Mountains, this rugged and remote region provides the perfect habitat for a variety of species including the endangered Northern Flying Squirrel. The native squirrel is a nocturnal rodent that prefers a coniferous or mixed coniferous […]

South Mountain’s Last Inholding Protected! -

  In September of 2016, Wildlands Conservancy permanently protected the last 1.5-acre inholding of our Emmaus-based South Mountain Preserve. Situated in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, within the existing 350-acre nature preserve, the 1.5-acre tract is significant for the stewardship continuity it brings to South Mountain Preserve, a priority landscape for the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River […]

Volunteers Leading Volunteers: Meet Jack & Jessica -

One American chestnut orchard. Hundreds of trees. And two very special volunteers taking the lead – meet Jack Lema and Jessica Lang. In 2012, Wildlands Conservancy planted 400 seedlings at Trexler Nature Preserve in Schnecksville to establish one of the first American chestnut orchards in the Lehigh Valley, aiming to reverse the impact of the […]

Summer Camp is Sky High, On Target, and Full of Color! -

It’s an adventure to climb a tree, but what about trying on a career as an arborist? Learning how to land an arrow just like the legendary Robin Hood? Or letting your creativity flow creekside to create a lasting, nature-inspired work of art? These experiences and more are part of Wildllands Conservancy’s 2016 summer camp, […]

Advancing Land Protection and Stewardship in the Poconos -

Much of the local community knows about Wildlands Conservancy from our Emmaus-based Pool Wildlife Sanctuary and South Mountain Preserve. But our conversation efforts reach beyond the Lehigh Valley to protect and steward lands throughout the 10-county Lehigh River watershed, including two Pocono-based preserves that we own and manage – Thomas Darling Preserve and Maple Tract […]