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February 5th, 2021, Karst Geology and Sinkholes

Virtual Event: Join us to learn about sink hole issues in the Lehigh Valley. The program will present the basics of karst geology and its relationship to sink holes.


Sinkholes – Not In My Backyard!
John Mauser, Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association

Through Zoom, 12:00 pm, February 5th.

Friday February 5th, Illicks Mill (small live audience) and live-streamed.

Tatamy Stockertown Bridge

Join us to learn about sink hole issues in the Lehigh Valley. The program will present the basics of karst geology and its relationship to sink holes.

Bushkill between Tatamy and Stockertown

You will also learn what sink holes are, and where they are occurring, and how they can be mitigated. This program will feature case studies of sink hole development along the Bushkill Creek between Stockertown and Tatamy, and in Lower Nazareth Township.

May 15th, 2021, 10am-11:30 am Thomas Iron Works Site Tour

Learn about the history & geology of the Thomas Iron Works site in Hellertown, led by Lehigh University’s Frank Pazzaglia and hosted by the Saucon Creek Watershed Association.

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Learn about the history & geology of the Thomas Iron Works site in Hellertown, led by Lehigh University’s Frank Pazzaglia

The Thomas Iron Works was a major iron making operation in the Lehigh Valley from the mid-1800’s into the 20th century. The Thomas Iron Works site in Hellertown – also known locally as the Cinder Banks – which runs between the rail-trail and the Saucon Creek, ended operations in 1920. Today the site is criss-crossed by walking trails, but the landscape still holds much history – and geology. Join Frank Pazzaglia of Lehigh University and the Saucon Creek Watershed Association to learn about the history, and geology of this site and the iron ore used here. Frank will also talk about the associated local geology along the Saucon Rail Trail including a discussion of fossils at Water Street Park. Registration is limited. Parking will be at the Saucon Park lot; the group will assemble in the pavilion at the back of the lot. The tour will last about an hour and a half.

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May 29th, 11:00 AM, Silent and Facinating – An Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians

Join the Bertsch Hokendauqua Catasauqua Watershed Association, Northampton County Parks, and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley for live reptile and amphibian demonstration at Wayne Grube Park. Learn about amphibian and reptile characteristics and habitat.

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Join the Bertsch Hokendauqua Catasauqua Watershed Association, Northampton County Parks, and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley for live reptile and amphibian demonstration at Wayne Grube Park. Learn about amphibian and reptile characteristics and habitat.

Brad Kunsman, Extension Educator & hobby herpetologist, will teach participants the basics about reptiles and amphibians, what species call our Pennsylvania watersheds home, and meet some captively raised creatures. This program will teach you where to find reptiles and amphibians, how to identify their characteristics, and what you can to to conserve them. You will meet some live animal ambassadors including: a corn snake, bearded dragon, and Greek tortoise.

Participants will need to follow PA Dept of Health and CDC guidelines

Location: Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park, Pavilion 3, 1200 Willowbrook Road, Northampton PA. Registration is required – register here.

May 9th, 2021, 10am-12:30 am Wolf Rock AT Trail Hike

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by experiencing one of the best scenic views on the Appalachian Trail right here in the Lehigh Valley! This is a moderate out and back hike of about 4 miles on rocky terrain.

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Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by experiencing one of the best scenic views on the Appalachian Trail right here in the Lehigh Valley!

Join the Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley for a guide walk led by Jim Wilson with the WCLV. Wolf Rocks via the Appalachian Trail is a 4+ mile out & back hike from the AT Trailhead at PA 191 on the Northampton-Monroe County line. It offers the chance to see birds and other wildlife, wildflowers and an amazing view of Monroe County on the north side of the Kittatinny Ridge! A rocky, but moderate hike that proves why Pennsylvania is sometime called “Rocksylvania” by Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Starts at 10:00 am on May 9; inclement weather date the next Sunday, May 16. Parking location and further guided walk details will be in the confirmation email.

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April 17th, 2021, 10am-11:30 am Minsi Lake Trail Walk

Experience the rugged beauty of one of the most pristine natural areas in the Lehigh Valley and enjoy the sights and sounds of early spring as we walk the Lake Trail at Minsi Lake Park.

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Join the Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley for a guided walk led by Jim Wilson with the WCLV. We’ll likely hear the calls of breeding spring peepers and wood frogs and the songs of migratory warblers and other neotropical songbirds returning to their breeding grounds here in our eastern woodlands. And we’ll likely see some of these amphibians and birds as well as early spring wildflowers, like spring beauties, trout lily and more. We’ll also learn about recent and ongoing fish and wildlife habitat improvements and planned outdoor recreational improvements at Minsi Lake and throughout the Greater Minsi Lake Greenway. Relatively easy, but rocky and wet three-mile long loop hike around the lake suitable for all skill levels, starting and ending in the West Shore Parking Lot. Starts at 10:00 am on April 17; inclement weather date the next day, Sunday, April 18. Parking location and further guided walk details in confirmation email.

March 27th, 2021, 10am, Manderfield Preserve Ceremonial Stone Landscapes Guided Walk

See anomalous stone constructions believed to have been built by Native Americans and learn about their possible meaning.

See anomalous stone constructions believed to have been built by Native Americans and learn about their possible meaning.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Join the the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley for a guided walkabout co-led by Jim Wilson with the WCLV and John Martin, Ceremonial Landscape Council Director for the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. Jim will point out emerging signs of springtime, while John will address what the anomalous stone constructions found at Manderfield and throughout the woodlands of this reach of the Perkiomen Creek Watershed may mean to Native Americans. Relatively easy, but occasionally rocky and sometimes wet half-mile long trail walk suitable for all skill levels. Starts at 10:00 am on March 27; inclement weather date the next day, Sunday, March 28. Parking location and further guided walk details in confirmation email.