Learning Resources

John Millen Interpretive Soil Display

Visit the John Millen Interpretive Soil Display and you’ll see something most people never do:  The world underneath your feet.

Five large vertical slices have been taken right out of the ground from various locations here in Westmoreland County, and they’re displayed at eye-level for you to examine.

The top of each slice is the surface of the ground; the part we walk on.  Underneath is everything you’d find if you dropped straight down to a depth of about four feet.

There are 47 different kinds of soils in Westmoreland County – including ones that are slick and slippery…super thin…and chock-full of air spaces.  This display features four of these local soils.  You may have one (or more) of them in your backyard.

The John Millen Interpretive Soil Display is located inside the District’s headquarters at 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg.  It is open during normal business hours and is free-of-charge.

 

Stormwater Trail

15 stations that show and tell how each of us can manage stormwater (more commonly known as rain and melting snow and ice) in beneficial ways — from creating rain gardens to reducing the burden on our community’s storm sewer system.

Located around the District’s barn headquarters and the GreenForge building next door.

Open daily, dawn to dusk.  Free.

 

Discovery Trail

This 16-station interpretive trail takes you through Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park (next door to the District’s barn) and explains various natural features and habitats.

A trail guide brochure is available in the special mailbox on the bulletin board between Donohoe Center and the Westmoreland County Public Works Building.  This location also is the site of a trail that leads into the park.

Open daily, dawn to dusk.  Free.

 

List of Acronyms

Click here for a list of conservation related acronyms and their meanings.

 

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