Youth Classes and Clubs

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

Budding Naturalist Book Club

The Budding Naturalist Book Club is an interactive nature club for children ages 4-6! The club meets every other Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy a nature-themed story-time and educational activity. Binoculars, butterfly nets, art supplies, and other materials will be provided for the outdoor adventures and crafts that accompany each program. Meeting themes celebrate the natural wonders unique to each month of the year. Themes will include:

  • Bird and butterfly migration
  • Animal tracks
  • Trees and leaves
  • Pollinators
  • Butterflies and caterpillars
  • Pond life
  • Digging in the soil
  • Flowers
  • Owl pellets

This club is open to the public. Please RSVP at the following link:

Contact Program Specialists Chad Schwartz or Brian Birchak if you have any questions.

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.