The Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is a 166 acre preserve near Bartonsville that is home to the Conservation District’s technical and administrative offices and the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. The sanctuary has nearly three miles of trails that are open daily year-round for public use.
The Education Center also utilizes “satellite sites” in Monroe County. The Meesing site is a 100 acre tract located on the Delaware State Forest north of Marshalls Creek. Owned by the PA Bureau of Forestry and maintained by the Conservation District the area encompasses a variety of diverse habitats. There is a large clearcut where a young forest is emerging, a stand of pines, a small swamp, a stream, a pond, and a maple forest complete with a Sugar Shack that is used to produce sweet maple syrup each March. Two miles of trails are open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, for passive recreation and nature study.
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center educators also provide interpretive tours of The Nature Conservancy’s Tannersville Bog. Access to the fragile area is limited. The floating boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to see the interior of the bog. Tours are held throughout the year for the general public as well as private and school groups.