Spring into Birding Again!

Saucon Valley Conservancy once again offers you the chance to spring into birding at the Heller Homestead with the local Audubon Society!

This year, the event will be held at the Homestead on April 13th (April 20th is the rain date). A $5 donation is requested but optional, and children are welcome.

There is a brief, informative presentation at 9:30 am. Bring binoculars if you have them, and take your own self-guided birdwalk along the scenic Saucon Creek Trail.



To pre-register, click here.

Here’s where to find the Heller Homestead:

The Historic Heller Homestead is approximately one half mile west of Route 412 and Water Street in Hellertown.  Turn west on Water Street, which becomesFriedensville Road in Lower Saucon Township.  Go across the bridge.  The Homestead is on the left adjacent to the Saucon Creek and opposite Creek Road.

See you there.



https://www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org/ for more information about SVC and our Heller Homestead events, including the upcoming Annual Arts Festival in June!

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Happy Holidays!

On Monday, December 3rd, the Saucon Valley Conservancy hosted a lively and successful Holiday Party. The food was delicious, and the houses looked lovely–all thanks to our members and volunteers.


Special thanks to our young docents, splendid in costumes from different decades, and to Donna, our “Docent Mom,” who organized our helpers and adapted the costumes.



Please consider joining SVC or renewing your membership–or giving a special end-of-year donation to the Conservancy, which works hard to keep the Heller Homestead maintained properly and to foster creative engagements with our region’s cultural and environmental heritage. [donate here: click the “support us” icon]


Stop by the Homestead Park to take a look at our new steps. Many thanks to the Township for allocating funds for that project and completing it before the Holiday Party event. We have much to be grateful for this festive season, and we are already planning for next year’s Arts Festival! Please check our Facebook page and website for upcoming events and calls for volunteers.





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Holiday Party Dec. 3!

Just a reminder to all members, friends, volunteers, and people interested in the Heller House or Saucon Valley Conservancy–Monday, December 3, 6-9 pm


Houses will be open for touring with docents

Appetizers, desserts, beverages, music in historic surroundings


FREE [donations happily accepted]


1890 Friedensville Rd, Bethlehem PA.
Phone: 610 – 838 – 1199


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Saucon Creek Arts Festival Earns Grant

Lehigh Valley Arts Council has awarded a Project Stream grant of $1,103 to Saucon Valley Conservancy in support of the Saucon Creek Arts Festival! Thank you to LVAC and to  SVC’s Board president, David Hausman, and grant author (and Board secretary) Barbara Hausman.

Project Stream awards assist individual artists, community groups, and nonprofit organizations in implementing an arts-related project with a strong focus on community impact. Each year the Arts Council awards the region’s new PPA Project Stream grant recipients at a public presentation titled Arts COUNT. That’s where the photo below is from (and many thanks to LVAC’s photographers for the picture).

SVC is grateful for the award! Our 2019 Arts Festival can be the best ever–and you can help. Join our members or our Board and become a part of making this community arts and educational event even more exciting. Find out more here: https://www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org/

We’re seeking participant artists, vendors, and sponsors for June of 2019. A list of past participants is here: https://www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org/artists.html

Don’t miss out! Join us!

hausmans 2018


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Moravian College Community Service Day at Heller Homestead!

Moravian College students showed up at the Heller Homestead on September 26 for the college’s annual Heritage Day–a day of service to the community.


They pitched in with gusto, and in a short time managed to clear the gardens of weeds and clean, dust, and beautify the Widows House and Heller House.


What a difference they made! Saucon Valley Conservancy extends gratitude to the students, Moravian staff members, and our SVC members who organized the day of service. A big shout out goes to Barbara Hausman, SVC’s Secretary.

See what a difference even a few hours of volunteering can make? Why not join us and become a member of SVC yourself? www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org



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