Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

We support Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts who work for clean water and healthy soil every day.

Carbon Conservation District Holds 5K Fundraiser

Awards for the event are “rattlesnakes” made from repurposed bicycle chain. Chains are transformed thanks to students at Carbon Career and Technical Institute’s welding education program. Photo provided by Carbon Conservation District.

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center (a branch of Carbon Conservation District) held its annual “Rattlesnake Run” this June in Lehigh Gorge State Park.

The race included a one-mile fun walk, a reptile education station at the start/finish, coloring sheets for children, and organic snacks for all participants, thanks to a local farm and bakery.

Runners and walkers set out along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail, paralleling the Lehigh River. The trail is home to both rattlesnakes and copperheads, with participants reminded that all can safely enjoy outdoor activities in areas home to venomous snakes by taking simple precautions.

This was the 13th year for the Rattlesnake Run, held annually on the third Saturday in June. The event was a fundraiser to keep their public programs low and to help with wildlife care.