Annual Events
Though there’s always something new going on at CCEEC, several fundraisers and other events recur every year. Here’s what to expect in every season:

On Martin Luther King Day, we welcome naturalists, teachers, and interested adult students to a day-long workshop on preserving animals or animal parts for use in education.
J. Thomas Wampler, retired microbiologist, formerly of the Shippensburg Vertebrate Museum, leads participants in a hands-on program that brings museum science techniques to life.
Anyone interested in the workshop should email Susan Gallagher at Space is limited.

Late winter is the best time to start planning backyard habitat improvements for the coming spring season. CCEEC offers custom-built bird boxes and bird box building kits for sale.
Boxes are designed to attract insect-eating bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, and swallows—great for natural pest control!
Save by assembling your own kits ($10) or purchase constructed boxes ($15).

March is membership drive month at CCEEC. New members are encouraged to sign up, and past supporters are encouraged to renew.
Our operating expenses are met entirely through program fees, donations, fundraisers, the occasional grant, and memberships!  
Members can sign up, renew, and find a full list of member benefits here online. (Ned, can you put a link in here?)

Students in grades K through 12 with a concern for the environment, and the desire to express themselves through art, are invited to enter the Carbon Conservation District’s annual poster contest.
Students must produce a poster related to a theme that changes annually. The winning high-school student goes on to compete at the state level. For more information and a complete set of guidelines, email District Secretary Audrey Wargo at

Early May means Envirothon! This learning competition is open to all Carbon County students in grades 2 through 12. Teams of students compete across five stations, learning and about soil, water, forestry, wildlife, and current events.
After each learning session, students are tested on their knowledge. We compile the scores, and at the end of the day, we declare winners from the highest-scoring teams.
The winning high-school team goes on to compete at the state level, with the chance to represent Pennsylvania in international competition. In Carbon County, the event is sponsored by Lions Clubs International, District 14-U Region II.
Email Jeannie Carl at for more information.

Mark your calendar for the third Saturday in June—that’s the date for CCEEC’s annual 5K fundraiser, the Rattlesnake Run!  Runners (and walkers) gather at the Glen Onoko access to Lehigh Gorge State Park for a super-flat, super-fast, out and back course. Our awards are the most unique you’ll find anywhere, plus we offer door prizes and organic baked goods at the finish.
Early registrants are guaranteed a discount and free T-shirt. Email Susan Gallagher with questions (


Keep cool, have fun, and contribute to a CCEEC fundraiser all at the same time!
Every year in July we offer a leisurely trek down the “summer float” section of the Lehigh. The trip is possible thanks to Whitewater Rafting Adventures of Nesquehoning, and includes transportation to and from the river, plus a free hot dog cookout afterwards.  CCEEC members get an even bigger discount on the already low-priced trip. Open to ages 5 and up. Email Franklin Klock for more information (

Early August is time for CCEEC’s annual Conservation Camp. This exciting, week-long overnight camp is held each year at Hickory Run State Park for children ages 8 to 12.
Campers enjoy hikes, games, crafts and other activities, all with a focus on nature and the environment. There’s also a rafting trip along the summer float section of the Lehigh, Thursday night ghost stories with s’mores, and a host of other adventures.  Space is limited. For more information email Jeannie Carl at


Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Call for weekend hours.

151 E. White Bear Drive
Summit Hill, PA 18250

Phone: 570-645-8597

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