Collaborative Watershed Education Flows Forth

Thanks to 50th Anniversary Spark Grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

Wildlands receives a Spark Grant!

Wildlands Conservancy and Lehigh Gap Nature Center were awarded a $7,000 50th Anniversary Spark Grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation for their collaborative watershed education program. The grant recognizes efforts to connect underserved school-age children with local, natural resources through experiences using greenways, land and water trails and preserved open space.

In celebration of their milestone anniversary, the Foundation initiated a year of special grant making, inviting community members to “Be the Spark” that creates meaningful change in six important categories. Wildlands and Lehigh Gap Nature Center competed as a finalist in the environment and sustainability arena.

Five finalists in each category produced a one-minute video aimed at promoting their program and garnering community support. During a two-week period, more than 6,000 Pennsylvania residents voiced their opinions by casting a “vote” for their favorite environmental cause!


Secretary Dunn at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary.

The award presentation was part of the Foundation’s “How Green is Our Valley?” event, which featured Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Michael Stershic, president of Discover Lehigh Valley, as guest speakers and was hosted at Wildlands’ Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. Prior to the reception, guests were led on a guided hike by Wildlands’ president Chris Kocher and Lehigh Gap Nature Center executive director Dan Kunkle.

Watch our video to learn more about our collaborative program!

LVCFSparkGrantVideo from Wildlands Conservancy on Vimeo.