AMC partnered with Lehigh University to design and install two interpretive signs in Saucon Park in the City of Bethlehem. The signs interpret natural and historical features located in the park.
An Ongoing Partnership
For the past several years, the Appalachian Mountain Club has teamed with Lehigh University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to design and install interpretive signage along or near the Saucon Rail Trail (part of the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network) in Northampton and Lehigh Counties. Dr. Frank Pazzaglia leads the signage projects within his department, with students providing the content and design of the sign for credit. This year, a team of students prepared the the design and content for two pedestal signs to be placed in Saucon Park, in the City of Bethlehem. The first sign describes the history of mills in the Bethlehem area, including a historical map and images, and the second sign discusses the water features unique to Saucon Park, including a fault within the park that forces groundwater to the earth’s surface in the form of a spring.
Future Sigange and Kiosk Projects
Development of the Upper Bucks Rail Trail, an extension of the Saucon Rail Trail south to the Quakertown area, is anticipated to begin later this year. AMC and Lehigh University will again partner to produce an interpretive kiosk that describes the geology and creatures that lived along the trail millions of years ago.
Funding for this partnership and signage is provided to AMC by the William Penn Foundation. AMC appreciates the opportunity to partner with Lehigh University staff and students.