Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program

The Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program (LEEP) offers outstanding learning adventures for all ages. LEEP is renowned throughout western Pennsylvania for its high quality, science-oriented programs. Whether you are looking for a school field trip, an educator workshop, a church youth group activity, a scout program, a service project, or a family outing, LEEP has opportunities for you.

Explore 660 acres of deciduous forests, coniferous plantations, streams, lakes, wetlands, meadows, fields, sites of Native American activity, a maple sugar shack, sites of early European settlement, and the first straw bale house built in Pennsylvania.

For more information, to talk to our Environmental Education Director, or to make a reservation, please contact the Lutherlyn Environmental Education Office at leep@lutherlyn.com or 724-865-9079.


LEEP Programs

One-Day and Overnight Field Trips- Bring your students for the day and pack a lunch, or stay 2,3, or 4 nights in our comfortable cabins with full dining facilities.

Maple Sugaring Season- Come learn about the science and history of making maple syrup with hands-on activities. (February and March)

Terra Dei Homestead- Tour a house made of strawbales and learn about alternative energy, sustainable lifestyle, and recycled products.

LEEP Into School- Let us bring our expertise to your classroom (November through March)

Saturday Safaris- These program offerings are designed for individuals and families of all ages and make great weekend activities.

Girl Scout Fun Patches- Bring your Girl Scout Troop to one of our Fun Patch Days or customize your own fun patch event.

Christian School Programs- LEEP serves public as well as private schools. Specific program elements are available to be included in private, Christian school groups.

Other Educational Opportunities- Teacher Workshops, conferences, scout projects, and group outings.

2015 LEEP Staff

Your 2015 LEEP Staff



LEEP Director

Todd Garcia-Bish is the Director of Environmental Education at Lutherlyn in Prospect, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College and a master’s of science degree in environmental science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Todd has been the Director of Environmental Education since 1996. He was a camper at Lutherlyn for 10 years and served on summer staff. He began his career at Lutherlyn in 1993 when he was hired as Director of Applied Environmental Science. Since coming to Lutherlyn, Todd helped to begin the Maple Sugaring Program, oversaw the construction of Terra Dei Homestead, and greatly expanded the public and private school field trips that occur every fall and spring.

Todd is supported by his beautiful wife, Shayne, and their children, Juliana and Micah (who help Todd maintain a sense of wonder). Together they have recently constructed their own straw bale home that they use to educate students, friends, and neighbors about energy conservation and sustainability.


The Nature of Lutherlyn
A Blog Written By Todd Garcia-Bish and Holly Schubert

Enter the world of nature by following our Environmental Education Directors as they write about the programs and outdoors at Lutherlyn.

The Nature of Lutherlyn Blog

LEEP Latest!

  • Partnering with Lutheran Outdoor Ministry, Lutherlyn is hosting an Environmental Education and Team Building Intensive on February 2-5, 2015. This two-track conference will feature workshops, field trips, opportunities to network with other professionals, and practical strategies you can take back to your organization. Significant discounted rates are available for LOM members. Visit the Intensive webpage linked above for more information and registration instructions.

  • The LEEP staff has assembled and completed their spring training in preparation for field trips happening April through June. Visit the field trips page and see what your field trip can learn and do at Lutherlyn.

  • LEEP's Maple Sugaring Season is approaching soon. This March, make plans to come to Lutherlyn and visit the Maple Sugar Shack and learn about the wonders of making Maple Syrup. Come as a field trip or come to a Saturday Safari. Visit the Maple Sugaring webpage for more information.

  • Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program Saturday Safaris for next year have been posted to the website along with a printable flyer. See what LEEP has in store for you in 2014 by following the link above.

  • November 9, 2013 from 8:30am - 3:30 pm
    Held at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

    Broaden your knowledge of Pennsylvania’s native flora and fauna, learn about important research and protection programs, and meet environmental education resource providers in western PA - all to help you to build environmental literacy in your students. Follow the link above for more information and online registration directions.

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LEEP 50% New Group Discount (2013)

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