Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center - Nazareth, PA
The 1,168-acre Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center offers programs for pre-school aged children through college students. Center staff also provides community programs focusing on the natural and cultural history of the park, as well as outdoor recreation.
The famous Henry Rifle was once made here. The Jacobsburg National Historic District lies almost entirely within the center property and gives visitors insight into a colonial gun manufactory.
Visitors also enjoy Henrys Woods, an old growth forest surrounding Bushkill Creek that is laced with hiking trails.
Jacobsburg is a partner in the Lehigh Valley Greenway, which seeks to engage state and local governments and nonprofit conservation groups to promote land conservation and education.
The portion of the center’s woodlands known as Henrys Woods is one of the most beautiful natural resources in the Lehigh Valley. Visitors enjoy hiking its 1.9-mile trail loop in order to experience the sights, sounds and coolness of the Bushkill Creek as it meanders past dramatic slate outcroppings and old growth stands of hemlock and white oak. Because of the wide variety of habitat found in and around Henry's Woods, many birds and wildflowers may be seen, especially during the spring months. The Wildlife Watching Area, near the Henrys Forge Historic Area, has many opportunities for close-up viewing of birds, butterflies and small mammals found in the area.
On the northern edge of the Lehigh Valley, the rolling terrain of Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is near the foothills of the Kittatinny Ridge. Habitats range from fields in various stages of successional growth to mature forests dominated by oak trees. Approximately 2.5 miles of the beautiful Bushkill Creek and its tributary, Sobers Run, wind through the park property.
Jacobsburg’s natural resources are not only an excellent outdoor laboratory for environmental education and interpretation, but are also important to many visitors for healthy outdoor exercise and recreation. The natural areas and open spaces provided by this public resource are becoming increasingly important in a continually expanding urban setting.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome, but must be on a leash and controlled at all times.
The 18.5 miles of trails makes the center’s fields, woodlands and streams accessible to both students and the casual visitor. These facilities are for use by hikers, all-terrain bikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. Non-hunters are encouraged to wear blaze orange during hunting seasons.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. The office/visitor center is open Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm.