Every Day Is Earth Day for These Nonprofits
April 22 marks Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of all things green. For many, it’s a tradition to join a neighborhood clean-up, volunteer to plant trees or simply take a hike to soak up the beauty of nature. Most of all, it’s a day to reflect on how we can do our part for the planet.
You can make a difference in your own backyard by supporting NEPA’s environmental nonprofits. These organizations protect the area’s most scenic spots and keep our land and water pristine and pollution-free. They take care of local nature preserves, trails and parks, which we appreciate more than ever as we practice social distancing. And they make sure that NEPA stays wild and beautiful for generations to come. But they can’t do it without our support.
Donating is a simple and impactful way to help out, but support doesn’t always have to be monetary. You can always give your time as a volunteer. There are opportunities for all ages and talents, from planning fundraisers to getting your hands dirty with trail maintenance. Check out these local nonprofits to learn more about their work and how you can help.
Environmental Nonprofits in NEPA:
Delaware Highlands Conservancy
This land trust in Hawley has worked with landowners and communities to conserve over 18,000 acres of land in the Upper Delaware River region. Since 1994, they’ve protected the area’s forests, farmland, waters and wildlife habitats.
Friends of Salt Springs Park
This nonprofit saved Salt Springs State Park from closing in 1994 and has covered the majority of operating, maintenance and improvement costs ever since. They take care of the park’s trails and historic buildings, and they host a wide variety of community programs.
Lackawanna River Conservation Association
Since 1987, the Lackawanna River Conservation Association has worked to restore the river. Their hard work paid off in 2020, when the Lackwanna River was named the Pennsylvania River of the Year. Their clean-ups and community events will help keep the watershed beautiful for years to come.
North Branch Land Trust
This organization works with landowners and communities to preserve land along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. To date, they’ve helped protect over 20,000 acres of land across eight NEPA counties. They also maintain several nature preserves that are open to the public.
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Since 1970, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council has protected and restored NEPA’s natural resources. This nonprofit works tirelessly to improve water quality, promote clean energy, educate the public and encourage outdoor recreation.
Pocono Environmental Education Center
Dingman’s Ferry, PA
This nonprofit is located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and serves as the education partner of the National Park Service. Their hiking trails are open to the public, and they host plenty of educational programs and kids’ camps.
Pocono Heritage Land Trust
East Stroudsburg, PA
Since 1984, this nonprofit has worked with landowners and local governments to protect the natural beauty of the Poconos. Their nature preserves offer miles of trails for the public to enjoy. Join one of their volunteer work days this spring to help keep the area beautiful.
Red Creek Wildlife Center
Schuylkill Haven, PA
NEPA’s forests are home to some amazing creatures, and Red Creek Wildlife Center is dedicated to giving each of them a second chance. This wildlife rehabilitation center admits over 4,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals each year and helps them return to the wild.
Riverfront Parks Committee
Riverfront Parks Committee cares for River Common, Kirby Park and Nesbitt Park in Wilkes-Barre. They also promote environmental education and recreation along the river, including a summer concert series, yoga classes and festivals like the annual Riverfest.