Caring for Communities 2019 Events and Activities

Join the Merrill Linn Conservancy and Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance as we explore sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, gardening, and maintenance of natural areas. We will tour the Owens Farm, the Noll-Spangler National Historic Farm, Bucknell University’s native plant garden and new campus farm, and Susquehanna University’s Center for Environmental Education and Research. We will participate in a Live Stakes Planting session. Come also to our screening of the new documentary film The Human Element at the Campus Theatre and more, during the 16th annual Caring for Communities (CFC) program. Our theme: Growing Sustainably in the 21st Century. For complete details and questions call 570-524-8666

Thursday, March 28, 7:10 & 7:40 am:

WKOK Sunrise 1070 AM with Mark Lawrence Linn Conservancy representatives discuss the Conservancy’s achievements and the events and activities scheduled during Caring for Communities month.


Thursday, April 4, 7 pm:

Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance’s 2019 annual meeting with a presentation by David Staebler—An Update on the Buffalo Creek Volunteer Monitoring Program: 11 Years of Data. Water sampling along the creek, from its headwaters in extreme eastern Centre County to its mouth at Lewisburg, has been conducted quarterly for many years. Mr. Staebler will discuss the data that has been collected.  In the training room at the Union County Govt. Center, 155 N. 15th Street, Lewisburg


Saturday, April 6, 1 pm:

The Human Element documentary at the Campus Theatre  The Human Element follows renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog in a visually rich journey across the United States as he covers wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a coal mining community, and our air supply. The film shows how humans alter the basic elements of life—earth, air, water and fire—which in turn change human life.

This free event is co-sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy and the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment.


Sunday, April 7, 1 pm:

Hike at Glacier Pools Preserve This 273-acre property, protected by a conservation easement with the Linn Conservancy, is an island of mature trees, wildflower meadows, spectacular views, and vernal pools teeming with amphibians. Landowner Michael Gross will lead the hike with Bucknell Professor Mizuki Takahashi on hand to talk about amphibians and Professor Jeff Trop, to talk about the geology of the site. Glacier Pools Preserve, 757 Pine Tree Rd, Hughesville, PA, is northwest of Picture Rocks. Visit for directions. To carpool, meet at 12-noon at Tractor Supply’s parking lot at the intersection of Route 642 and Route 147 near Milton.


Saturday, April 13, 10 am:

Caring for Communities bicycle ride The Conservancy will host its annual Caring for Communities bike ride on April 13 beginning at 10 am. Participants will cycle through environmentally significant areas of rural Union County as bike enthusiast Tom Gibson leads cyclists on the Conservancy’s Rural Routes and the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. 15-mile and 30-mile routes will be available. Park at the Dale/Engle/Walker House and meet at the Dale’s Ridge Trail parking lot at 1471 Strawbridge Road, 1.5 miles off Route 192.


Saturday, April 13, 2 pm:

Tour of Owens Farm

See how this 112-acre organic farm operates in raising sheep, hogs, horses, chickens, and bees and the sustainable practices they employ. Owners David and Caroline Owens will lead the tour.  Address: 2611 Mile Post Rd., Sunbury, PA. Between Sunbury and Danville.


Sunday, April 14, 9 am – 2:30 pm:  

Live Stakes Planting Come learn to identify trees in winter and cut/install branch cuttings to restore forest cover along streams. Dress in layers, wear waterproof boots, and bring a bagged lunch! Led by Adrienne Gemberling of the Chesapeake Conservancy. Location: 389 Old Schoolhouse Road, Lewisburg

Saturday, April 20, 10 am:

Tour Susquehanna University’s Center for Environmental Education and Research The tour will include the new solar panel array that powers the university, along with the Freshwater Research Initiative, beehives, and various research projects. Hosted by SU professors and Adrienne Gemberling of the Chesapeake Conservancy. Location: 1250 West Sassafras Street, Selinsgrove, PA


Friday, April 26 — It’s Arbor Day!

Join the Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission in their tree-related events to be announced.


Saturday, April 27, 10 am:

Noll-Spangler National Historic Farm Tour

Presentation by Union County Conservation District Manager Eric Nyerges. Native plant walk with Ned Smith naturalist Jerry Hassinger. 1175 Wildwood Road, Mifflinburg. Directions: From Lewisburg, take Route 45 West to Mifflinburg, go through town, turn left onto Route 104 toward Middleburg (for approx. 4 miles), turn left on Wildwood Road (just before crossing the bridge into Snyder County). Farm will be on Wildwood Road on the right (look for sign).


Sunday, April 28, 9 am – 5 pm:

Annual Plein Air Event

Artists of all abilities and ages are invited to gather at the Dale/Engle/Walker property (Dale’s Ridge Trail) and the Koons Trail property in Mifflinburg to create artwork that captures the beauty of these sites, protected by conservation easements held by the Merrill Linn Conservancy. Local artist Bobby Gorby will present an optional plein air workshop at the DEW House at 9 am; a reception, which is open to all, will be held outside the house from 4 pm to 5 pm. Space for Mr. Gorby’s workshop is limited; to attend, email [email protected] The plein air artwork will be displayed at The Public Library for Union County during the month of June.

Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 pm:

Merrill Linn Conservancy annual banquet at Shade Mountain Winery near Middleburg. That Kitchen Witch will provide our buffet including a vegetarian selection. Following dinner, Jeff Trop, Conservancy Board member and Bucknell geology professor, will present a program about the geology of our region. The public is invited, but reservations are required. See our insert in this issue, go to, or call 570-524-8666 for more information.

Saturday, May 4, 10 am:

Tour Bucknell’s native plant garden and campus farm.  Breanne Goldsmith, garden coordinator for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, will lead the native plant garden tour.  Biology professor Mark Spiro will conduct the tour of the new 5-acre campus farm, which will serve as a classroom and long-term research site and produce food for Bucknell’s dining services. If time allows, a brief walking tour of the Bucknell Arboretum will follow. We will meet at the Sustainability Center at 835 Fraternity Road for the garden visit and then walk to the farm, located near the water tower.

Sunday, May 5, 1 pm:

Tour Shikellamy Bluffs with Jeff Trop. The tour will begin on the east shore of the Susquehanna River at the marina section of Shikellamy State Park, which provides the best view of the bluff’s strata, folded and uplifted some 250 to 290 million years ago during the collision of the North American and African tectonic plates.  We will then head to Shikellamy State Park Overlook on the west shore to explore this area and enjoy the spectacular views.