Youth Programs

Environmental Education for Schools & Groups

Experience and learn outdoors!
Nature runs all year and so do we! Each hands-on, experiential field study program is multi-disciplinary in nature and meets many of the Pennsylvania academic standards. A correlation to the standards can be created for your program, if desired. All programs can be tailored to a classroom study unit, if the goals and vocabulary are provided in advance. Minimum grade level on programs listed below is kindergarten.

Ecosystem Exploration: River, Forest, Wetland or Field
Third grade+. All year.
Chose an ecosystem or two to explore. Students identify biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem and discover how they are interacting. Students also learn the difference between an ecosystem and a habitat.

Keep On Moving—Seed Dispersal
All ages. Fall only.
Why do plants have seeds? How do seeds travel? Who eats them? Who lives in them? By examining seeds of many different sizes and shapes students will discover the answers to these questions and more.

Seasonal Study: Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer
Kindergarten-Second grade
What’s happening to the plants and animals in the fall? What else changes? Students’ use their camera eyes, make sound maps, and draw and label a seasonal scene. This is the first of a three part study of the seasons. Students visit the same site in the fall, winter, and spring to see how the habitat changes through the course of a year.

They’re ALL plants!?!
All ages. Fall, spring, or summer.
Students explore the world of plants by comparing mosses, trees, and wildflowers. Plant parts and photosynthesis are explored through hands-on comparisons during a plant scavenger hunt and by role playing the parts and functions of a tree.

It’s A SPORE World
Third grade+. Fall, spring, or summer. Fungi are best in fall.
Students learn why algae, lichen, moss, and fungus are important as they explore the differences between flowering plants and non-flowering organisms. Your class will explore how these non-flowering, plant-like organisms reproduce, discover their roles in succession and decomposition and investigate examples of symbiotic relationships.

The Web of Life
Third grade+. All year.
Students play a food chain game, go on a food chain scavenger hunt, and meet a live consumer that sits at the top of the food chain. (A hawk). Older students learn how DDT and Rachel Carson affected the health of the web of life.

Insect Safari
All ages. Fall, spring, or summer.
Students examine live insects (and other invertebrates) in an introduction to the spineless. They will be taught where to find insects outside and how to identify them. By observing life stages and adaptations, students will learn to identify different insects in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. After heavy frost aquatic habitat only.

Habitat, Habitat—Have to Have a Habitat
Third grade+. All year.
Students discover what animals (including people) and plants need to survive, and what makes a habitat a “home”. Venturing into the forest, your class will investigate wildlife homes and diets, and learn to identify signs of various species and how an assortment of factors control wildlife populations.

Fees & Scheduling: Call 570-836-3835 or at the email address below.



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