Nature Discovery Area Honors Teenager


BARTONSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Deep in the woods of Monroe County, you’ll find a place that inspires kids to put down their electronics and play outside. Each child that spends time there, helps keep another child’s memory alive.

Little Lilliana was kind to people 

“She would go up to random people and hug them,” says her mother, Sandi Denniston of Saylorsburg.

She was also kind to nature. 

“When she was little, we would take her out, we couldn’t get from the house to the car without her stomping in a puddle,” Denniston recalls. 

In 2015, at age 14, she passed away unexpectedly from a sudden illness. “It”s horrible, it’s horrible. It’s something you live with every day,” Denniston adds. 

Lilliana’s parents feel their daughter’s presence in her favorite place: nature.

In her honor, they helped create Lilliana’s Nature Discovery Area at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, where she attended camp.

“It was a tragedy that we are turning into something that’s very positive,” explains Karen Boyle, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center.

There are different stations for kids to explore. 

From making music, to building a shelter and digging for fossils, Lilliana’s spirit is all around. 

“I miss her every day, but I wanted to take that experience and turn it into something that could help other people,” Denniston adds. 

Helping kids discover nature, the way Lilliana did.

This is Monroe County’s first Nature Discovery Area, and it’s open every day from dawn to dusk.

Families are invited to attend a special program there Saturday, September 8th from 9 am-noon.

Kettle Creek will be incorporating sounds into the day. 

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