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Experience the Great Outdoors from the Comfort of Your Own Home during the

2021 NatureWorks Environmental Expo

Go on a virtual adventure around the Laurel Highlands during the fifth annual NatureWorks Environmental Expo presented by The Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center and Penguin Court, a Preserve of Brandywine Conservancy.   

For the past four years, the Art Works Building’s Activity Center has been filled with more than 25 conservation-themed groups and agencies showcasing all there is do in Cambria County and beyond. But due to the global pandemic and mitigation efforts, organizers decided to transform this free, one-day event into a virtual offering.  

“The pandemic has forced a lot of organizations to reimagine their in-person activities,” says Bottle Works Co-Director Melody Tisinger. “Thanks to our sponsors the Community Foundations for the Alleghenies and REI Co-Op, we will be able to continue to teach families about the abundant natural resources in our region and promote outdoor play, appreciation and conservation concepts to all who tune in.”

Staying true to form, the event will continue to be an interactive experience.

NatureWorks 2021 Presenters and topics are as follows:

Nature Works 2021 Virtual Environmental Expo
The Allegheny Plateau Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will demonstrate how to turkey call and teach regional conservation efforts and everything there is to know about turkeys.
Watch the video!
Hunting 101 Spring Gobblers
REI – Leave No Trace principles Hey, kids! Heading into the great outdoors? Amanda Galvin, Outreach Specialist from Nature Works 2021 Sponsor REI CO-OP, is here to teach you how to “Leave No Trace”.  Along with the help of the “Leave No Trace” Mascots, she will tell you all about the ins and outs of protecting the outdoors while you are enjoying it. There is even an interactive quiz, so pay close attention to this Nature Works 2021 video!  
PA Fish and Boat Commission will teach viewers about fish characteristics and adaptions using fish models.
Penguin Court – Spring Wildflowers Spring Wildflowers are all around us each and every year, but how often do we take the time to really appreciate them? Do we even really know enough to appreciate them outside of their aesthetic beauty? Melissa Reckner, Program Manager at Penguin Court-a Preserve of the Brandywine Conservancy, will give you a brief history of the Penguin Court, and guide you through how to identify some of the most common spring wildflowers, and the do’s and don’ts of viewing and interacting with them in this Nature Works 2021 video.  
Mountain Laurel Trout Unlimited will talk about coldwater conservation and macroinvertebrates (small aquatic insects in various stages of development). They will also demonstrate fly tying using feathers and fur that is attached to hook to look like stream bugs in this Nature Works 2021 video!
Friends of the Inclined Plane Trails – Inclined Plane mountain bike trails The World’s Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane isn’t the only thing on that Johnstown mountainside! Mike Cook, from Friends of the Inclined Plane Trails, will walk you through the history of the trails, talk about the proper gear for utilizing the trails, and discuss the future projects connected to the Inclined Plane and it’s outdoor activities in this Nature Works 2021 video.
Kim WilliamsLive gallery tour of her All Creatures Great and Small Exhibition
Stackhouse Park Have you experienced the wonders that Stackhouse Park has to offer? This Nature Works 2021 video highlights the beauty and amenities of this Johnstown landmark.
Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway – Land and water trails in the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Whether you are looking for a way to rediscover our local heritage, help out with local conservancy efforts, or just want to get outdoors and don’t know where to start, the trails and waterways of Western Pennsylvania are a great staring point! Learn all about the 324-mile Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway and the Trans Allegheny Trails in this Nature Works 2021 video!  
Cambria County Conservation District will share information on vernal pools—seasonal wetlands—and springs. In addition, they will show viewers live specimens and discuss amphibian migration in this Nature Works 2021 video.
Benscreek Canoe Club – Water safety and water recreation (kayaking/canoeing) If you have an interest in exploring Johnstown’s waterways by canoe or kayak, but don’t know where to start, watch this 2021 Nature Works video! The Benscreek Canoe Club has been travelling the water ways of Johnstown and beyond for over 50 years! Whether you are a beginner or just looking for like-minded folks to share your love of the water with, you don’t want to miss this.
The Stoneycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP) will lead a guided activity on the properties of water in this Nature Works 2021 video!
Downloadable References
First Waves – Watch their latest 10-minute film, Contours, highlighting their program that connects youth to watersheds at Greenhouse & Whitewater Parks
Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center – Take a look at this Nature Works 2021 video, and learn about the Bottle Works, and our upcoming events!

“More people have been seeking refuge and renewal in the great outdoors, and we hope that these presentations will help viewers appreciate and understand the world around them,” says Penguin Court Program Manager and NatureWorks Co-chair Melissa Reckner.

Additional videos from Allegheny Ridge Corp., Benscreek Canoe Club, Penguin Court, Friends of the Incline, Stackhouse Park, and REI Co-Op can be found on our Bottle Works YouTube Page.

Special thanks

Aside from the NatureWorks Event, The Art Works Main Gallery feature nature artist is Kimberly Williams in an exhibition entitled “All Creatures Great and Small.” Her artwork will be on display and available for purchase March 6 – April 24.  The public is welcome to view this show in-person during operation hours or can take a tour via our virtual Gallery.