Grand Central Environmental Education Center

The Grand Central Landfill is home to a beautiful habitat area located on Grand Central Road with over 50 acres of grassland habitat, walking trails and an education center. The property is available to the public 365 days a year from dawn till dusk. The education center is open for events only.

Located to the south side of the landfill and buffered by 100 acres of contiguous cool-season grasslands the Grand Central Environmental Education Center and habitat provides abundant space for many species of birds and mammals. Several bird species have been identified at our habitat and are included on the Audubon's Species of concern list. These bird species include the Eastern Meadowlark,  Bobolink, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel and American Tree Swallow to name a few.

In June of 2010, the landfill habitat team identified with the help of our friends from Jacobsburg State Park, several Blue Grosbeaks. Year after year, the Blue Grosbeaks have been nesting on the landfill property. This finding put Grand Central Landfill on the map for the most northern nest site for these birds. Visitors can sometimes view them from the education center habitat area as they have been found in the cool-season side of the property.

In June 2017, the Grand Central Landfill and Jacobsburg State Park hosted a bird and butterfly walk. The walk ended with a surprise finding of 5 Dickcissels nesting on the closed landfill. 2018 will be an exciting year to see if they have returned to nest!

Grand Central Landfill was certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2007 for dedicating 200 acres to wildlife preservation. Since the initial certification, the landfill team has maintained several habitat projects and initiatives and is up for its next recertification in 2018. The team works closely with bird experts, Federal Bird Banders, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Audubon Society.

In addition to the WHC certification, the Grand Central Landfill is also a certified Audubon site. With more than a dozen bird species from the Audubon's species of concern list nesting or frequenting our location, one would agree that the Grand Central Landfill is a bird haven!

The Grand Central Environmental Education Center is open dusk till dawn.

Disclaimer:
The trails at the Grand Central Education Center are owned and operated by Grand Central Landfill, a division of Waste Management of Pennsylvania. Individuals using the trails do so solely at their own risk. Waste Management accepts no responsibility or liability due to injuries or accidents that may occur while on the property.

 

 

The Grand Central Landfill received certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2007, an international accreditor of programs that create, conserve and restore wildlife habitats on corporate lands. The facility continues to maintain and expand on several wildlife conservation projects.

Additionally, the facility received recognition from the Audubon Society in 2010. Grand Central is a certified Audubon site and hosts several bird walks and counts that support their initiatives.