Learn While You Enjoy the Trail at Walk and Talk Events on June 11, 18, 25

A child uses a stick to play one of the Musical Path sets of musical rods on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Explore, discover, learn, and connect with new and old friends at three Walk and Talk events on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in June. 

Meet at the 13th Street parking lot, 550 N. 13th Street, Easton, for each event. The series is a partnership between the Nurture Nature Center and Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

Sunday, June 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Karl Stirner Arts Trail hosts a wide variety of artworks by local and internationally acclaimed artists. Join KSAT Executive Director Jim Toia as he points out sculptures and unique installations such as Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit and Musical Path. You’ll discover the history of these works and the many individual ways they found their way to Easton and the arts trail.

The walk will take approximately 90 minutes and cover about two miles. The majority will be on a paved surface, but a short portion follows a wood-chipped nature trail along Bushkill Creek. Rain or shine.

Sunday, June 18, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Do you ever wonder why some trees have smooth bark and others rough? Or how woodpeckers know where to peck? Or simply, “What is that plant?” Join Pam Ruch, Nurture Nature Center’s garden maker, on a slow amble along Bushkill Creek. Ruch is a gardener and nature explorer with degrees in horticulture and environmental science and many years of experience in uncovering answers to questions like these. This will be an interactive walk for curious nature lovers of all ages.

Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: One of the simplest ways to get an idea of the health of a stream is by doing a stream visual assessment. Learn to identify and evaluate what makes a stream healthy in the stream itself and the surrounding landscape with Rebecca Hayden, president of the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley. She’ll go over the various things you can examine in stream visual assessments. We’ll follow a protocol and discuss what we find.

If you wear water shoes or bring boots, you’ll be able to get into the stream and take a closer look at some of the features we’ll be discussing, but that’s completely optional—the entire presentation also works from the path.