Spring has sprung and now it is time to start thinking about all the educational opportunities here in the Lehigh Valley for learning about the environment and the natural world all around us.
The Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to land and river preservation and environmental stewardship through education.At the Wildlands Conservancy, they believe a tomorrow for conservation is only as secure as the young minds they can educate to foster it. And at summer camp, they inspire all ages to be future environmental stewards. From 2-year-olds ready to explore to active teens in search of a new challenge, every week of summer camp offers a new experience. The You & Me program is for an adult and child team and is one of just a few programs available in the Lehigh Valley for children ages 2-5. Preschool camps are available for ages 4 and 5. With half- and full-day options every week, their summer camps have flexibility built right in. Half-day options from Monday through Friday are from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. A snack is provided and a fee is charged. For more information call 610-965-4397 or go to wildlandspa.org
The Da Vinci Science Center Summer 2013 Camps are available for students entering preschool through grade 8. Morning sessions from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m and afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. are available. Extended-day experiences follow from 4 to 5:30 p.m and full-day sessions are available for some programs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a fee charged for all of their programs, but Summer Camp Scholarships are available for students who are entering grades preschool through grade 8 in September, who have an interest in science and are in need of financial assistance. For more information call 484-664-1002 or go to davincisciencecenter.org/camps
Located in Schnecksville, within the scenic 1,100 acre Trexler Nature Preserve, the Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to more than 250 animals representing 70 species from African Penguins to Zebras. The Zoo offers hundreds of educational programs and camps for all ages and family friendly events, making it one of the most vibrant educational and cultural institutions in the region and is open to the public year round. To learn more, go to lvzoo.org or call 610-799-4171.
The Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center at Jacobsburg State Park in Wind Gap also has many opportunities and programs for outdoor environmental education for children, teenagers and adults. For information call 610-746-2801 or go to: visitpaparks.com and go to "find a park" on the website and look for Jacobsburg and click on Calendar of Events. If you need an accommodation to participate in an activity due to a disability, please call the park at least one week in advance of the program you wish to attend.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center has programs that are free and open to the public. They are located at 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, PA. To learn more go to lgnc.org or call them for more information at 610-760-8889.