Activities at Grand Central's Education Center

With approximately two miles of hiking trails, the Grand Central Education Center offers a scenic view of many ecosystems. The current habitats consist of woodlands, grasslands and old field and shrubs. Community members alike have identified migrant bird species, endagned bird species as well as several rare buterflies not typically found in Northampton County.

In order to preserve these habitats we kindly ask that visitors take out what they brought in. Please do not leave behind trash or other litter.



Encouraged activities include:

  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Jogging
  • School field trips
  • Bird watching
  • Cross country skiing
  • Picnicking

In order to protect the natural habitat, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Hunting
  • Unleashed pets
  • Littering                                                                   


Get Involved

The Grand Central Landfill has a team of dedicated volunteers who are involved in many aspects of the conservation project at the Education Center.  Some examples of the work that our volunteers do:  

  • Federal Bird Banding of American Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds and American Kestrels
  • Data collection and surveying avian breeding and migration
  • Survey of butterfly populations, food, and nectar plants 
  • Development of a pollinator garden
  • Various Scout projects that include educational learning opportunities for the general public

 If you are interested in joining these efforts, please contact Team Leader Adrienne Fors


It is with great pride that the Grand Central Landfill partners with the following organizations on conservation education:

- Jacobsburg State Park, DCNR          - Boy Scouts of America (Minsi Trails)

- Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania    - Lehigh Valley Greenways

- Scenic Wild Deleware River               -  Paul Karner, Federal Bird Bander

- Audubon Society (Lehigh Valley Chapter)   - Widllife Habitat Council