Proud to support the continuing education of the County’s youth in the area of conservation, the District provides several environmentally focused education programs.
Birth of A Tree
Birth of A Tree is a joint partnership program co-sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Resource Conservation and Development Councils and DCNR Bureau of Forestry to provide educational materials to the County’s third grade students. Instructional materials provide the students with the chance to germinate an evergreen from seed and track its’ progress through the first stages of growth.
Envirothon and Watershed Challenge
The Pennsylvania Envirothon Program is an environmental competition held every spring. The District distributes educational materials to all of the County’s High School classes, grades 9 - 12, who desire to participate. Envirothon provides integration of outdoor and resource activities into the classroom. Following their preparation, students come to the event and test their knowledge in Forestry, Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife and a current issue. Each competition station is supervised by staff from a cooperating agency. The winner of the local competition gets the opportunity to compete in a statewide competition.
Watershed Challenge is mirrored after the Envirothon competition, but is geared towards Junior High students. This event is held locally and participation includes teams from six counties including Ohio that mutually share watersheds.
More information about the Envirothon program can be found at www.envirothonpa.org
Members of the District’s staff participate in the Penn State Cooperative Extension’s Ag Encounter Event. The District presented a program on the importance of soil and how soil plays an integral role in the production of all of the things we use in our daily lives. In addition to emphasizing the importance of soil as a resource, the presentation integrates a game that the students participate in and the District demonstrates a lesson on soil erosion.