In 2004, with the anticipated acquisition of 23-acres open space contiguous to Central Park via development of the Doylestown Station townhomes, the township envisioned the creation of an environmental education area within the open space.
The overall goal of the project was to create an area that would complement and protect natural features while at the same time provide for integration of public participation and education resources to township and area residents.
The developer’s plans included a retention basin and trail. The trail would loop the basin and connect the development and neighborhood school to Central Park. The final concept for the environmental area consisted of educational/group learning stations to be developed along the trail including: Invasive and alien species education area, Butterfly Habitat Garden, Bird Blind and Bird Habitat Garden , Old Field Buffer, Stormwater Management, Succession Demonstration Area, Bat Boxes, Bluebird houses, Outdoor Classroom, Wetland Education Trail, Invasive Species Trail.
Through the efforts of township officials, Environmental Advisory Council, Park and Recreation Board, Kutz Elementary School, contributions from the developer (Pulte) and funding from DCNR PECO the vision became reality and the Environmental Education Area was dedicated as part of Central Park in 2006. Many individuals and groups and the local elementary school regularly benefit from the resources now available.
While available funds did not allow for full completion of the area, a portion of the wetland Education Trail was dedicated in 2011 and invasive species trail in January 2012.
Additionally, as part of the No Child Left Inside initiative, park and recreation programs and Environmental Advisory Council activities are regularly offered encouraging people to get outside, embrace nature and become good stewards of the land – The Environmental Education Area has become a focal point for these endeavors.