Guide to Environmental Education In Crawford County
The guide includes: local environmental agencies and individuals, presentations, fieldtrips, lists of videos, slide shows, and audio tapes. Any teacher or youth group leader interested may contact us for a free copy or click here for a digital copy of the district's Guide to Environmental Education Resources in Crawford County - including our video and slide show list.
Guide to Environmental Education In Crawford County (PDF)
One of the conservation district's main goals is to encourage conservation education. To accomplish this, we have several fund-raising activities that we do over the course of the year. Some of the educational programs and activities of the conservation district include:
Environmental Education Programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center
The Crawford County Conservation District offers a wide variety of free educational programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center and Stainbrook Park all year round. Many of the events are appropriate for all ages. Go to the events section of our website for a listing of those programs currently offered, or check out the news section on the homepage. For more information on environmental education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center contact email@example.com or call 814/763-5269
Birth of a Tree Program
Forty-eight percent of Crawford County is covered in forest. This program for third graders is designed to teach that forests are a renewable resource, and that trees need to be replanted. Students are provided with three Norway spruce seeds, a peat pot, and a classroom grow chart. They care for their seedlings and chart the seedlings' growth. At the end of the year, they have a little tree to plant at home. Teachers receive an instruction booklet. For information on how to register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soil Stewardship Program
County churches and schools can set aside a week each year to appreciate the importance of our natural resources. The district provides educational materials to schools in the county as well as program covers, litanies, and placemats for churches. For information on how to register e-mail email@example.com.
The Envirothon is an environmental competition for teams of up to 5 students in the 9th through 12th grades. Students answer questions at stations that test their knowledge of wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatic environments, and current environmental issues. A local competition is held in Crawford County in May, and the winning team goes on to the state competition. The state winner proceeds to the national event. Students study after school. A teacher or parent may act as team advisor. A materials list and some study materials are provided. A school may have more than one team entered into the competition. Crawford and Mercer Conservation Districts held a joint Envirothon at Pymatuning State Park. Special thanks go to our conservation partners for their hard work on this event: USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry, the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of State Parks, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, the French Creek Project, and the PA DEP Northwest Regional Office. For information on how to register a team e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conservation Educator of the Year
Each year, the District honors a special teacher who is doing an exceptional job of conservation education. Nomination forms are circulated in the fall. If you know of a teacher who is doing a great job, why not nominate them? Click here to submit a nomination. Nominations are due by January 15th each year.
Projects, Talks, and Workshops
The District staff are ready and willing to present talks to classes and community groups on a wide variety of conservation topics. Workshops for contractors, engineers, teachers, farmers, parents, grandparents, students, urban and rural landowners, and conservation volunteers are also scheduled throughout the year. Special projects such as tree plantings, riparian restoration projects, as well as others are also offered. For more information on requesting environmental education programs contact email@example.com or call 814/763-5269.