Got Spring Fever? Get Outdoors this Sunday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m.
With such a great weather in the forecast this weekend bring your friends & family to
this casual, educational outdoor event!
Discover the natural beauty of the
Lehman Sanctuary
Guided Walking Tour & Hike

Sunday, April 15th 2:00 p.m.
  • An easy 45-minute level walk to the meadow adjacent to the parking area lead and moderated by Chris Miller.
  • A longer walk through the forest ON a marked trail with moderate slope that passes by water. Kids as well as adults who like to hike will enjoy this option!
  • Our clergy will be in attendance to provide spiritual inspiration and highlight connections between the natural environment and Judaism
Hiking or rain boots, long pants, long shirts, outerwear and hats appropriate to weather. Kids will surely get themselves messy in the the marshy wetlands, so anticipate clean mud will be unavoidable. Apply repellents in advance and as a precaution be sure to do a tick check after this and any hike in the woods!
RSVP via email HERE
or by calling or texting Jane Messinger at 570-690-1452
Directions will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP

Liability Waivers must be signed to participate,
you will have the opportunity to sign waiver on site prior to hike.

Lehman Sanctuary :
  • Providing area residents with a needed connection to the natural world
  • Forging environmental partnerships
  • Brings protection and stewardship to Northeastern Pennsylvania environmental resources 

Owned by our very own Chris Miller , the Lehman Sanctuary is located within the ecologically important Huntsville Reservoir watershed. The property neighbors a large, rare, undisturbed marsh with a unique Great Blue Heron rookery and many birds like the Northern Water Thrush, Pennsylvania Species of Concern-all inventoried with a management plan by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s biologist, Kevin Wenner.

Their Mission – Education and Conservation:  

The Lehman Sanctuary, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, engages, educates, and enlightens students and the community to their natural world. In doing so, the Sanctuary:
  • preserves precious wetlands and forest habitat;
  • develops stakeholder relationships between children and their natural world;
  • builds student leadership/peer life skills, and
  • connects a student’s science and technology skills to real-world applications.

Elsewhere on the 17-acre property, an older growth forest is home to century-old Oaks, White Pine, and Hemlocks and wildflowers like the Red Trillium and Northern Wood-Sorrel. The prairie switchgrass meadow is home to butterflies like the Monarch and the Great Spangled Fritillary. Vernal pools, spring seeps and streams are home to rare amphibians like the Northern Red Salamander and Four-Toed Salamander, found only in one other location in Pennsylvania.
Visitors will learn that without the deeply rooted prairie grass and wildflowers, the precious ground-water that nourishes the forest habitat would be tainted and the butterflies would be gone. Additionally, they are shown that without the great forest canopy the water would disappear, as would the habitat.
Many children have toured the Lehman Sanctuary and all come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. One boy from an inner city upon entering the forest screamed, “Wow!”  When his teacher asked him to elaborate, he replied with excitement and delight, 

“I’ve never seen a forest before!”

Inspiring young minds to discover connections between their own life, the water, and the many ecosystems from which life itself stems is essential to the sanctuary's mission.


*All visits and activities at the Sanctuary are scheduled in advance by reservation and appointment only. All activities are fully staffed and supervised by teachers, parents, and naturalists. 
Recipient of the 2016 Environmental
Partnership Award:
The Lehman Sanctuary received the 2016 Environmental Partnership Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, a consortium of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, PPL Corporation, Proctor and Gamble Corporation, and Wilkes University. The award was for “Forging environmental partnerships and bringing protection and stewardship to Northeastern Pennsylvania environmental resources.” 

The award included letters of recognition from Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Senate, sponsored by Senator John J. Yudichak and Senator Elizabeth Baker.
Chris Miller received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002 from the North Branch Land Trust. He served as a Board of Directors Trustee and Secretary with the Wyoming Valley Montessori School, Kingston, PA, from 2003 to 2007.