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Arboretum Summer Events Focus On Sustainability

By Chloe Klaus
Contributing Reporter for The Post

upper pottsgrove: Arboretum Summer Events Focus On Sustainability

Parents and children enjoy an early June reading session in the silence of the arboretum’s wooded picnic area

POTTSTOWN PA — Upper Pottsgrove’s new environmental and educational park, the Althouse Arboretum, has a lengthy list of activities planned for the summer season. Located on Gilbertsville Road, the arboretum is an up-and-coming project of the Green Allies (formerly known as The S.A.V.E. Alliance) and Pottsgrove High School’s Spark the Wave Club.

All activities are family-oriented and open to the public. There is something for everyone this season, including a Treasure Hunt on Grandparents’ Day, July 8 (2015; Wednesday), Hammock Day on July 22 (Wednesday), and World Honeybee Day celebration Aug. 15 (Saturday), from which visitors can take home local honey.

upper pottsgrove: Arboretum Summer Events Focus On Sustainability

Cody Smoyer, Eveonia Pouchan, and camp counselor Amanda Smoyer share a snack

The arboretum planned two summer camps for children: the first, in June, was a “Nature Explorers” themed camp; the second, from July 13-17, is a “Wildlife” themed camp.

Registration for the July camp is available and forms are found on the park website or can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Executive Director Ken Hamilton, here. Children in grades K-4 are welcome for this experience, aimed at teaching them about the wonders of nature. The five-day program costs $55, but a $10 discount applies if more than one family member attends.

Hamilton said he and fellow arboretum developers “hope to use this summer as a way to introduce the Althouse Arboretum to the community.”

The arboretum is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. It offers 3,000 feet of hiking trails, including one that will connect to both Prout Farm and Sussell Park. This 1.5 mile stone trail will extend from Sussell Park on Snyder Road to Prout Farm on Moyer Road, and is expected to be completed during the summer.

upper pottsgrove: Arboretum Summer Events Focus On Sustainability

For Annabelle Nickel, left, and Eveonia Pouchan, the recent “Nature Explorer” summer camp included a wagon ride

Another addition to the arboretum is a fire pit, located next to the pavilion. The fire pit was created by Hamilton’s college interns, who also serve as land managers. However, township guidelines have closed it to the general public. It can be used for specifically approved programs, such as a marshmallow roast on the evening of Aug. 29 and the second annual night hike on Oct. 16.

Hamilton believes the arboretum can appeal to all: the adventurous, the young and old, those in search of communal solidarity or personal solitude. “We’re trying to create access for all members of our society,” he said “and create programs for kids, adults, athletes, elderly, and the handicapped.”

Though the arboretum has an active summer ahead, its grand opening is scheduled in the fall with a 5-K run on Sept 26.

upper pottsgrove: Arboretum Summer Events Focus On SustainabilityAbout The Author

Chloe Klaus is a Pottsgrove High School graduate. She plans on attending Swarthmore College in the fall. Chloe is an active community member and an aspiring writer.

Photos from Althouse Arboretum

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