Classes and Clubs for Youth

Nature-themed classes and hands-on environmental clubs for the Lehigh Valley and Carbon County, PA

Junior Naturalist Club

Kids in grades 2 through 6 are invited to join the Junior Naturalist Club, LGNC’s extracurricular environmental club for elementary school students! The goal of this club is to foster a lifelong appreciation for nature and science through hands-on field and lab experiences and other year-round activities. Some current, past, and future club activities include:

  • Birding and hawk watching
  • Building bird houses and feeders
  • Moon-watching for migrating birds
  • Monarch butterfly tagging
  • Natural history hikes at LGNC
  • Owl pellet dissection
  • Planting native plants
  • Spring reptile & amphibian survey
  • Studying river and pond invertebrates
  • Summertime 4B (bugs, butterflies, birds, and blooms) walks in the gardens and around the trails near the Osprey House
  • Tracking animals in the snow

The Junior Naturalist Club currently meets on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Naturalist Club

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. Some current and past club activities and programs include:

  • Caring for Maize, the corn snake
  • Fall hawk watching at Bake Oven Knob
  • Field trip to Adventure Aquarium
  • Hikes at LGNC
  • Maintaining the Arboretum grounds
  • Monarch butterfly tagging
  • Native bee cleaning and pinning
  • Native bee survey
  • Reptile & amphibian survey
  • Scrub habitat restoration
  • Tree identification program
  • Winter birding trip to Middle Creek WMA

The Naturalist Club currently meets on the first Monday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Sign Up!

Both clubs are free to children or grandchildren of members. Contact Chad Schwartz (Education Director) at chad.schwartz@lgnc.org to sign up for announcements about Naturalist Club or Junior Naturalist Club activities.