Neshaminy High School, a public high school located in Middletown Township, Bucks County, hosts the Idlewood Environmental Station, a 125-acre tract of forestland found between the high school and the adjacent Neshaminy Creek.
According to Bucks County Education, Idlewood Environmental Station has been in use since the 1970’s as a classroom extension for science and physical education classes. It is also utilized by the community, who take to the station’s trails for outdoor recreation opportunities.
A $100,339 grant recently received by the Neshaminy School District from the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener) will allow Idlewood Station to be removed of hazardous and dead timber and benefit from new native tree and shrub plantings. The funding will also be used to improve Idlewood Environmental Station’s trails, stabilizing soil, reducing runoff, and overall improving the water quality of Neshaminy Creek.
A part of the greater Delaware River Watershed, the 40.7-miles long Neshaminy Creek runs through the entirety of Bucks County before eventually joining the Delaware River.