Celebrate 30 Years with Us on Oct 20th!

The Merrill Linn Conservancy will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free, very special event on Saturday, October 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. The Conservancy and sister organization Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance (BCWA) will host an afternoon of environmental presentations and activities, drone videos, live music, displays, games, and refreshments.

Biology professor Chris Martine, Bucknell’s David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics & Research, will present his latest video in the acclaimed “Plants Are Cool, Too” You Tube series. The video was shot at Shikellamy State Park Overlook where the filmmakers rappelled the bluffs finding three rare plant species, including one that is globally imperiled.

Singer-songwriter Billy Kelly, whose “Trees” album received a Grammy nomination for best children’s album in 2016, will provide musical entertainment.  Both the Conservancy and BCWA will present videos featuring drone footage of protected land and waterways.  The Conservancy’s video will explore the diverse terrain of visually outstanding conservation easements and as well as dramatic views of Shikellamy State Park Overlook.  BCWA’s video will track significant stretches of Buffalo Creek from its headwaters in Centre County to St. Anthony Street in Lewisburg where the waters of Buffalo Creek join the Susquehanna.

Nature photos by local photographers of all ages and abilities will be displayed via PowerPoints at computers stationed in the theatre.  Photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit up to three nature photographs captured in 2018. (DPI 300)  Please email photos to [email protected]

Displays from like-minded organizations including The Sierra Club, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and the Union County Conservation District will be mounted in theatre’s mezzanine area.  The Lewisburg Children’s Museum will offer children’s activities at their table. Children can also participate in a native plants activity that challenges them to find colorful native flower stickers in the theatre and match them to the appropriate squares on a descriptive card.

Free refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Mini-quiches, bruschetta, and other savories will be served along with a variety of desserts and drinks.  Plan to attend and join in the celebration!