Lehigh Gap Nature Center

connecting people with nature through Conservation, Education, and Research

Upcoming events at LGNC:

Jan
28
Tue
Winter Fit Walks
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!

Jan
29
Wed
Watercolor for Beginners
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Watercolor for Beginners

Watercolor for Beginners with Kay Stauffer

Wednesdays, January 8-February 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

The natural beauty around us at the Nature Center is good inspiration for instructor demonstrations and student practice pieces. These eight classes will introduce transparent watercolor and technical handling of materials from washes and textural effects to shading, dry brush and any questions you have.

Class Registration:

This series of eight classes will meet at the Nature Center each Wednesday from January 8 through February 26. Registration fee for all eight classes: $64 for members, $80 for non-members. Registration limited to 12 participants. Please mail payment in the form of a check to P.O. Box 198, Slatington, PA 18080 ahead of the first class.

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

After registering, you will be sent a materials list. You can purchase the recommended materials at local stores such as AC Moore, Michael’s, or the Blick Store (Emmaus). Paper can be purchased at the workshop, $6.00 per sheet, 22”x30.” We will be painting in the first class, so you will need your supplies.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Jan
30
Thu
Winter Fit Walks
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!

Feb
3
Mon
Naturalist Club Meeting @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Naturalist Club Meeting @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center | Slatington | Pennsylvania | United States

Youth in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join the Naturalist Club, LGNC’s extracurricular environmental club for middle and high school students! Members of this club are involved with year-round educational activities, outdoor adventures, and research projects at the refuge. For more information or to sign up, please contact LGNC Program Specialist Chad Schwartz at chad.schwartz@lgnc.org.

Feb
4
Tue
Ornithology/Birding 101
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ornithology/Birding 101


Every other Tuesday, February 4-June 9, 2020

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center Academy continues with a new class in 2020 — Ornithology/Birding 101. We will explore ornithology in the classroom, learning interesting aspects of bird anatomy, physiology, and behavior. We will also learn about the various groups of birds and individuals that occur in our region. In addition to lectures, there will be a field component to the class in which we will get outside at LGNC and other local birding spots, plus go further afield with field trips to birding hotspots within a day’s drive.


Tentative Schedule*:

February 4, 18 (10:00 a.m.-noon): Classroom

March 3: Classroom or field trip to Middle Creek

March 17, 31 (10:00 a.m.-noon): Classroom

April 14 (10:00 a.m.-noon): Classroom

April 28 (9:00 a.m. -noon): Field trip at or near LGNC

May 12: All day field trip TBA (additional charge for transportation)

May 26 (8:00-11:00 a.m.): Field trip at or near LGNC

June 9 (8:00-11:00 a.m.): Field trip at or near LGNC

*The above schedule is likely to change because of weather or other factors, so take this as an approximate schedule and be prepared to be flexible.

Class Registration:

This series of ten classes will meet every other Tuesday from February 4 through June 9. Registration fee for all classes: $25 for members, $75 for non-members. Registration is limited to 20 participants because of field trips (first come, first served), and we will put additional names on a waiting list. Please mail payment in the form of a check to P.O. Box 198, Slatington, PA 18080 ahead of the first class.

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

You will need binoculars and a field guide for the class. You can supply your own or borrow them from the Nature Center.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Feb
5
Wed
Watercolor for Beginners
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Watercolor for Beginners

Watercolor for Beginners with Kay Stauffer

Wednesdays, January 8-February 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

The natural beauty around us at the Nature Center is good inspiration for instructor demonstrations and student practice pieces. These eight classes will introduce transparent watercolor and technical handling of materials from washes and textural effects to shading, dry brush and any questions you have.

Class Registration:

This series of eight classes will meet at the Nature Center each Wednesday from January 8 through February 26. Registration fee for all eight classes: $64 for members, $80 for non-members. Registration limited to 12 participants. Please mail payment in the form of a check to P.O. Box 198, Slatington, PA 18080 ahead of the first class.

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

After registering, you will be sent a materials list. You can purchase the recommended materials at local stores such as AC Moore, Michael’s, or the Blick Store (Emmaus). Paper can be purchased at the workshop, $6.00 per sheet, 22”x30.” We will be painting in the first class, so you will need your supplies.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Feb
6
Thu
Winter Fit Walks
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!

Feb
7
Fri
Native Plant Horticulture with Liz Stauffer
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Native Plant Horticulture with Liz Stauffer

Native Plant Horticulture with Liz Stauffer

Every Friday in February, 2020 

Interested in gardening for wildlife? Get inspired and informed with practical tips on the best horticultural and ecologically-minded practices — whether you have existing gardens or are looking to create new ones. All registrants will receive a copy of LGNC’s new gardening book, Native Plants for the Small Yard! Schedule:

  • Part 1: Gardening with Native Plants for Year-Round Interest — Friday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Part 2: Plant Propagation — Friday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Part 3: Garden Management Practices: Weeds! — Friday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Part 4: Edible Native Plants in the Landscape — Friday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Topics will include: plant selection/combinations, basic garden design, basic plant propagation, weed identification and management, and how to make your garden a food haven — for you and for wildlife!

Class Registration: This series of four seminars will meet at the Nature Center on each Friday in February. Registration fee covers all seminars and a book: $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Please register online at the following links:

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

About Liz: Liz is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Training Program and Drexel University, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. She has been working in the agricultural/horticultural field since 2005 and is Landscape Services Supervisor at Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery in Orefield, PA. She loves spending time with her daughter, plants, books, and chickens.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Feb
8
Sat
Winter Nature Walk
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Nature Walk

On a mid-winter trek through the Gap, we will discuss winter tree identification and look for signs of life during the colder part of the year! Binoculars provided.

Feb
11
Tue
Winter Fit Walks
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!


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News and Current Events:

Winter Hours!

LGNC’s Winter hours have begun for the season! The Osprey House hours of operation are now 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday through Monday, but our hiking trails are still open every day from sunrise to sunset! Since our Information Desk is volunteer staffed, the Osprey House may not always be open during this schedule. Please call ahead at 610-760-8889 if you’re planning to stop in.

Dan Kunkle's Retirement and LGNC Transition!

Thanks to Times News Lehighton for their recent article on Dan Kunkle’s tenure as Executive Director of LGNC! While Dan will be retiring at the end of this month, he will be joining the LGNC Board as Director Emeritus. Current staff members Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak will serve as Co-directors of the Nature Center beginning on January 1, 2020.

Click Here for the article!!!

Remembering Michal Kubik

We at LGNC have the sad duty to inform you of the passing of Michal Kubik. Michal served as vice president and president of LGNC’s Board of Directors during the refuge land acquisition along the Kittatinny Ridge. His tenure also oversaw the building of the Osprey House and the development of LGNC into the community, education, and research center that it is today.

He was at the helm as LGNC went from idea to reality.

Cabin Fever Book Club 2019-2020

Cabin Fever Book Club –  Book List for 2019-2020 has been posted!!!
Click Here for more information

Neffs National Bank EITC
The Neffs National Bank presented donations to eight area educational foundations totaling $100,000 and Wildlife Information Center Inc. (Lehigh Gap Nature Center) was one of those foundations! These donations were made through The Neffs National Bank’s participation in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.
LGNC Restoration Mini Documentary

Remembering Bill Mineo
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill Mineo, one of LGNC’s founding members. We mourn the loss of this key figure in Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s creation and success. Click here for the Autumn 2017 Wildlife Activist  (#81) to read a recent Board member spotlight article on Bill. Also, click here to view Bill’s obituary. Our condolences to the family.
LGNC Refuge 15th Anniversary

LGNC celebrated the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Lehigh Gap Refuge on August 18, 2018!

Click Here to see WFMZ’s coverage of this event!!!

Watershed Professionals Institute!

The Alliance for Watershed Education held this year’s Watershed Professionals Institute right here along the Lehigh River!!! LGNC has the honor to be a member of this alliance along with 22 other centers located within the larger Delaware River Watershed.

Check out this awesome news coverage from BRC 13!!!

2018 Volunteer Appreciation Day
LGNC Solar Panels in the News!

Check out these reports about our solar panels!!!

https://www.tnonline.com/solar-panels-installed-osprey-house

…and this from 69 News!

LGNC + Sun Club = Awesome!!!
Have you seen LGNC’s solar project on the Sun Club website?
Community Partnership: Moravian College and LGNC
Read the article online.
"Lehigh Gap Nature Center Growing Strong with Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Support"
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