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News: Nature Trail Groundbreaking

Nature trail to engage Saucon Valley students with hands-on learning

The Saucon Valley Foundation for Educational Innovation (SVFEI) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its nature trail on Friday, September 6, 2013. The trail, which is slated to wind throughout the Environmental Education Center on the Saucon Valley school campus, will provide a powerful new learning environment for students.

Officials from the Saucon Valley Foundation for Educational Innovation, Saucon Valley schools and IESI Bethlehem Landfill join together to break ground on a nature trail as Phase I of the Environmental Education Center.

“This project will greatly supplement the learning experience for Saucon Valley students, and we are extremely grateful for IESI Bethlehem Landfill’s donation of the nature trail and its installation,” said Lora Guito, Co-Chair of SVFEI. “Their involvement in the project has helped transform this vision into a reality.”

IESI Bethlehem Landfill is exited to sponsor this project.

“Creating a positive impact through community initiatives such as the Environmental Education Center is part of being a good neighbor, and as a proud Lower Saucon business this involvement is of utmost importance to us,” said Sam Donato, District Mananger at IESI Bethlehem Landfill.

The opening of the nature trail marks the beginning of Phase I of the SVFEI’s Environmental Education Center. As the program grows, the center will be used to educate students on protecting and preserving their world. Later phases of the project will include plantings of wetland flora and the construction of teaching pavilions for classes to be held on-site.

“Our vision for the nature trail was to construct an innovative and creative outlet to immerse students beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Anne Baum, Co-Chair of SVFEI. “This program will help teachers breathe life into their science lessons and make them accessible to students like never before.”