We’ll have a short tour of the LEED-certified Trexler Environmental Center and review the recreational opportunities at Trexler Nature Preserve. The TEC building has earned Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its environmentally friendly features and construction. The building houses satellite offices for the County Parks Department and PA Bureau of Forestry, as well as a lovely community room for environmental education and meetings. Then we’ll walk on some of the many trails at Trexler. The 1,108-acre Nature Preserve, home of the Lehigh Valley Zoo, was originally owned by General Harry C. Trexler. Trexler created the Preserve to protect bison, elk, and white-tail deer. Sturdy footwear is recommended (bring water shoes if you want to wade in the Jordan Creek afterwards). The walk is appropriate for children of all ages. Dogs on leash are welcome. Bring binoculars and/or camera to observe the elk from the deck on top of the Trexler Environmental Center. Bathrooms are in the TEC. Directions: From Route 22 take Route 309 N for 4.5 miles to Old Packhouse Road in Schnecksville. Turn onto Old Packhouse Road (west) and go 0.8 miles to Orchard Road. Turn right and go 0.3 miles to the parking area on the left. We will meet in the Trexler Environmental Center, approximately 100 yards up the driveway from the parking area.