Youth Classes and Clubs

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

Junior Naturalist Logo for WebsiteJunior 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 Logo for WebsiteNaturalist 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.


Sign Up!

Both clubs are free to children or grandchildren of members. Contact Program Specialist Chad Schwartz at to sign up for announcements about Naturalist Club or Junior Naturalist Club activities.


Nature-inspired Clay Classes

Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to explore the art and science of clay sculpting through this exciting program at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center!

Local artist and certified PA art teacher Patty Passick is offering four Nature-inspired Clay Classes to youth and their families this summer at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center (LGNC). More than a traditional sculpting instruction program, the classes will educate participants on environmental concepts relating to the formation, properties, and uses of clay. In addition, participants will learn a variety of sculpting techniques as they make their own nature-themed artwork to take home. All classes will be held in the laboratory of LGNC’s headquarters, the Osprey House, 8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, PA.

Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost Per Class:
Children of LGNC members: $15/individual child; $10/sibling
Children of nonmembers: $15/child
Parents/guardians: FREE
All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Registration is limited to ten kids (plus families), so please register at the following link soon to reserve your spot: You may register for any or all of the classes. Each class will have a different theme and project. For more information, please contact Program Specialist Chad Schwartz at

Meet Patty Passick, Class Instructor:
Patty is currently a faculty member at St. John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton, PA, where she teaches art to students in 4th through 8th grade. In addition to her 2004 Kutztown Art Ed. certification, she received a BFA from Slippery Rock University in 1979 and furthered her clay studies at the University of Arizona. As an artist, Patty is well versed in a variety of mediums and produces an array of styles. However, as a life-long environmentalist, nature is the prominent expression of her art. To learn more about Patty’s art, background, and teaching experience, please visit her website at

Other opportunities for youth to get involved at LGNC

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Summer Camps

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Internships at LGNC

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Art & Photo Shows

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