Mountain Laurel Paradise
June 17, 2023 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join instructor Weavre Molina on a long, quiet walk that leads past ancient stone outcrops, along the edge of a cheerful babbling creek, and through tunnels of mountain laurels in bloom. Learn about the plants that call the mountain home and spend time in silent appreciation of the beauty all around us.
Walk through the forest and immerse yourself in the shared history of plants and human beings. In just a few hours, you’ll glimpse an interconnected wealth of tales firmly grounded in science and rooted in the depths of time, all while walking a mountain chain that’s older than bones.
Bear Creek Preserve is a vast expanse of forests and steep stream valleys in the Lehigh River Watershed. Larger than many state parks, the preserve is a mosaic of diverse, thriving habitats and plant communities, including several rare species. The land provides vital habitat for native wildlife, including black bear, coyote, Bald Eagle, and many species of migratory songbirds. Bear Creek Preserve is part of a larger landscape of protected lands and popular recreation areas, including state parks and gamelands, that spans more than 150,000 acres.
Before you go:
- Meet at the management center. Drive through the gate and up the gravel driveway. (Event attendees have special permission for to park by management center.
- The terrain is rough and rocky. Be prepared to walk a few miles.
- Dress for the weather, note that the preserve is noticeably cooler than many other places.
- Snack and water (at least 2 liters)
- Porta potties will be available.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
Help us all stay safe:
- If you are sick, please stay home
- Masking is optional. The CDC recommends masking for those who are at high risk for getting very sick when COVID-19 Community Levels are at Medium and for everyone when COVID-19 Community Levels are at High. People may choose to mask at any time.
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Event is Free. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming, or contact Martha.
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