Camphill Kimberton offers free environmental education tours

KIMBERTON — Camphill Village Kimberton Hills invites students of all ages to tour its sustainably-managed forestry trails, learn about watershed protection and the importance of trees, and help plant some native species seedling trees.

The tours are available weekdays in May at 9:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. and last about 1½ hours and are free to students and teachers thanks to a state Department of Environmental Protection grant. The tours can help area teachers meet Pennsylvania Environmental and Ecology Standards.

Camphill Village has 100 acres of forest. “As the depletion of American native woodlands is ever increasing, along with the destruction of riparian buffers that protect the rivers and streams, it is more important than ever to educate others about why and how to preserve woodlands. The area of the highest stream ecological quality of the ‘Exceptional Value’ French Creek was found along Camphill Kimberton’s boundary,” according to a press release from Camphill Kimberton.

Contact lyla@camphillkimberton.org or 610-935-0300, ext. 12, for more information and to schedule a tour. Tours should be scheduled soon as dates are limited.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is an agricultural and handcrafting community with more than 100 residents of all ages and varied abilities who live and work side by side. Founded 40 years ago on 432 acres of donated farm, gardens and woodlands outside of Phoenixville, Camphill Kimberton is part of the international Camphill Movement that has more than 100 communities worldwide.

The DEP grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.

For more information on Camphill Kimberton, visit www.camphillkimberton.org.

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