Crow’s Nest: Schuylkill Acts & Impacts tour

June 22, 2014

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager; Photos by Sierra Gladfelter

We were fortunate to host a group of high school students engaged in a tour organized by the Schuylkill Action Network: Schuylkill Acts and Impacts. The students, coming from each of the counties in the Schuylkill River watershed, were on a week long service-learning trip on the Schuylkill’s waters and lands, to learn about the legacy of coal mining on water quality, agricultural impacts including erosion and manure management, the role of land preservation in watershed health, and the impacts of stormwater and impervious services on water resources.

Schuylkill Acts and Impacts tour photo by Sierra Gladfelter

The students prepared camp-style meals and stayed overnight in our barn. We hung out around a campfire in the evening to talk about our education programs at Crow’s Nest. The next morning, we walked around the preserve and talked about land stewardship.

Schuylkill Acts and Impacts tour photo by Sierra Gladfelter

One of my favorite activities is sharing the preserve with visitors, and especially with students who ask lots of good questions. The program looked like a great experience and I hope they return next year.