The Althouse Arboretum is the result of a unique agreement between Upper Pottsgrove Township and GreenAllies designed to create a regional destination for environmental education and service. While most of the property is owned by the township, GreenAllies manages and runs the property and all activities at no cost to the Township. All activities, trail work and more are done by GreenAllies with input from local students and community members.
GreenAllies is a non-profit organization solely funded by grants and donations. Its mission is to empower and support students to innovate and lead environmental sustainable efforts with a vision of a world where students lead the way to a more sustainable future.
A design team, led by students, local experts, businesses, and community members drafted a Master Plan which serves as a model for other townships across the country. The 17 acre property has been converted into an outdoor learning area with trails and outdoor education features. It now connects to two other large open space lands increasing program options while preserving additional acreage.
The house on the property was donated to GreenAllies. When reconstruction is completed the upstairs will become the office for GreenAllies. The downstairs will become a place for those who use the Arboretum to gather and a community resource center. Plans are being made to add a classroom building. Careful planning and modern design features will make this location a place for all members of our community as well as visitors from other areas to visit, learn and enjoy.
In less than two years the Arboretum has created
- A strong partnership with Spark the Wave students who organize and run many of the programs gaining experience and leadership skills
- Community recycling programs for Christmas trees, appliances and scrap metal
- Over 2 miles of trails
- Programs for children with more than 350 community members attending a single event
- Summer Camps for children run by students and overseen by the Director
- Partnership programs with local schools and teachers
- Programs for adults, families, and specific segments of the community
- Community picnics and events including a 5k walk and run
- An internship program where college students get hands on experience
- A gardening program to beautify the Arboretum and educate the community about native plants and preserving nature
- Handicapped gardens
- The planting of over 150 native trees and shrubs
- The Penn’s Woods Trail, displaying native plants and showing how they and power lines can peacefully co-exist
- Friends of the Arboretum, a local group of community members, students and organizations
- Partnerships with libraries, scout groups, businesses and community organizations
- A strong volunteer group
- A blog to educate and inform
- A count of those using the trails to be over 5,000 people per year so far
See more about Our First Year! .
In the works
A low ropes course
Bird blind and pond
A new classroom building
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