Environmental Education Center
An Accessible Outdoor Classroom
The Saucon Valley Environmental Education Center now encompasses 20 acres of school district property that is in the process of transformation into a multi-purpose outdoor education center accessible to all students and the greater community. The EEC serves as an outdoor classroom for students to engage in working with actual examples of environmental conservation, native biology, invasive species, water quality investigation, habitat enhancement, and ecological succession.
In 2010, the Saucon Valley Foundation began formally planning to transform this unique natural space, which contains a scrub meadow, flood plain woodland, and the flowing Polk Valley Run. The property is rich in wildlife and plant-life, including songbirds, fish, red fox, wood turtles, sycamore, willow, pear, red cedar, wildflowers, and seasonal grasses. The foundation commissioned LandConcepts, a leader in landscape architecture, to develop the master plan for the Environmental Education Center.
The architects led a team of teachers, students, and community members in developing a multi-phase plan to enhance these 20 fertile acres by building ADA compliant trails, teaching pavilions, and learning stations as well as enhancing the natural habitat.
On Sept. 6, 2013, ground ground was broken for the Environmental Education Center on campus! Click here to read the news release: EEC ground breaking
Click here to read the Morning Call article: Valley’s Environmental Center on right path.
In Sept. 2015, we officially opened the EEC. For a slideshow of our grand opening visit LehighValleyLive.