What We’ve Done at Our Nature Preserves

What We Do With Environmental Education

From our nature preserve users to school-age students engaged in our environmental education programming, we encourage and prioritize the inclusion of folks from diverse backgrounds.

Our Wild About Learning program brings nature to schools in environmental justice-areas identified by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and benefits 250+ first-graders annually. The 6–10-week, literacy-based program culminates with a field trip to our nature preserves, which is a life-changing experience for students who seldom, if ever, connect with the natural resources in their backyard. These lasting connections to nature can follow these students into adulthood and inspire future environmentalists.

Our partnership with our friends at Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley fosters environmental justice by helping our community members most affected by environmental issues in our region have positive and meaningful experiences in nature.  

PNLV has shared its time to help enhance both Black River Sanctuary (opening in 2024) and South Mountain Preserve. Both nature preserves feature overlooks of the City of Allentown skyline, a special perspective for all visitors. They paved the way for lasting connections to nature by building and maintaining trails and helping with invasive species management.

The Promise Trail at our Black River Sanctuary is a testament to their dedicated efforts.