Kids’ Summer Nature Series Wraps Up at Lake Wally

While most teachers spent the day frantically finishing their rooms, children were playing nature games and eating pizza for the Kids’ Summer Nature Series Celebration at PPL’s Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. In six short summer weeks, children were offered 11 opportunities to come out and explore their natural world. They toured the dam, went birding, started nature journaling, planted beans, built a bluebird box, dressed like a bug, flapped like birds, fished the lake, hunted for trees and searched for bugs!

For every program they attended, children received a sticker in their passport. Prizes were awarded today for passport stickers. Each child took home a Nature Series t-shirt to remember their time spent exploring around Lake Wallenpaupack this summer. Parents were given a special thank you from the instructors and the children for all of their hard work car-pooling, help cleaning up and chaperoning our excursions. 

Stay tuned for next summer’s nature series! You can subscribe to our monthly enewsletter by emailing pplpreserves@pplweb.com. Follow us on twitter @pplpreserves.

PPL’s Environmental Gardens Full of Color and Buzzing with Activity

Monarch Butterfly on Inula
Photo by Sarah Hall

 

 PPL’s Environmental Garden is in full bloom! Come to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center to witness the beauty of our gardens down by the dam! PPL prides itself in being responsible stewards of the environment. While you’re visiting the butterfly garden and hummingbird heaven areas, we hope you’ll learn something new about wetlands, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even bats.

 The garden is filled with many species to promote and support a healthy butterfly population, including Phlox (Phlox sp.), Butterfly Bush (Buddleia alternifolia), Daylily (Hemerocallis sp.), Lavender (Lavandula sp.), and many more.

Bumblebee on Butterfly Milkweed
Photo by Sarah Hall

Our garden also supports hummingbird populations with several feeders in place under the trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans), which is a natural source of nectar for hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are among the most important bird pollinators of plants in North America, so it is important to support their habitat. Learn more about how to create your own hummingbird and butterfly heaven while visiting the environmental garden at Lake Wallenpaupack!

 Directions to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center can be found at: http://www.pplweb.com/citizenship/environment/preserves/lake-wallenpaupack/programs-and-workshops.aspx