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.
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 for 4th grade students. The event is held at the County Fairgrounds each October. The District presents 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.
Nature Camp is a week long day camp designed for children where they can learn and discover the uniqueness and importance of water, soil, plants, wildlife and much more. We engage the children in fun and interactive hands-on lessons, activities, games, and crafts to allow them to explore their natural environment. This year’s camp will be held August 7-11th in Ellwood City’s Ewing Park. The camp is for children ages 9 – 11 and a registration fee is required.
Geology Exploration Camp
The second annual Geology Exploration Camp will be held on July 11-14th. This camp will offer a four day geology based exploration of McConnells Mill for 12 – 13 year old students. The camp is capped at 16 students and a registration fee is required.
District educators will come to your classroom and demonstrate the EnviroScape®, which is a mobile, interactive tool to help people of all ages, languages, and cultures better understand the concept of a watershed and the sources and prevention of water pollution through a visual, hands-on presentation.
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. Lauren Miloser, the District Watershed Specialist, is a certified facilitator for this unique curriculum. If you are interested in obtaining the PLT curriculum please contact Lauren. You can also visit the PLT website at: https://www.plt.org/