CCEEC speaker talks at joint Lions Club meeting in Summit Hill
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Guest speaker naturalist Franklin Klock, second from left, talked to Lions Club members about the Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) during a joint Lions Club dinner meeting held Tuesday evening at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill. Attending Lions Clubs were Tamaqua, Coaldale and Summit Hill. Klock, who has been with the center for over 18 years, stated the center began in 1983 and has developed and grown into a premier educational facility. It is also housed in a converted 1920 dairy barn and is located on 70 acres of woodland, wetland, and meadow habitat with associated transition areas within Mauch Chunk Lake Park. In a 1992 expansion, the building and grounds underwent changes and improvements. He pointed out that the CCEEC offers a wide array of environmental education opportunities for school students, civic organizations and the general public. The center's staff provides information relative to environmental problems and legislation, wildlife issue resolution, and agency referrals. In addition to classrooms and educational displays, the barn also houses an environmental research and lending library, and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital. For more information about the center, visit www.carboneec.org. Pictured from left are Coaldale Lions Club president Bob Ames, Klock, Summit Hill Lions Club president Ken Vermillion and Tamaqua Lions Club president Steve Bayer.