“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources
as assets which it must turn over to the next generation
increased, and not impaired, in value.”
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Conservation District Staff members conduct educational programs and events for children and adults. Annual programs include "My Growing Tree" presentations in area elementary schools in April, the "Wild" Envirothon in May, and numerous workshops focusing on wise use of natural resources for adults.
Many program topics are available for presentations.
Call and make an appointment to schedule a program for your school class or field trip, club, or civic organization. Staff availability is dependent on season and projects in progress. Reaching new audiences to share conservation information and activities is an important and exciting part of our mission.
My Growing Tree
"My Growing Tree" programs celebrate Arbor Day each April in local elementary schools. Students in early elementary grades learn about the importance of trees, how they help the environment, and responsible use and care of trees. Each student receives their own young Eastern hemlock tree to plant. The typical audience is first or second grade students, although teachers of other grades can inquire about specialized programs for other levels.
He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
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The "Wild" Envirothon is an annual competitive event for high school students from Cameron and McKean Counties. Teams of five students test their knowledge in the areas of Wildlife, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Aquatics, and a Current Issue. The overall winning team represents their county and competes at the state level Envirothon.
Trout in the Classroom
The Trout in the Classroom project is a year long endeavor in cooperation with school classrooms across the county. The program is provided by Trout Unlimited and the PA Fish & Boat Commission provide the opportunity for school classes to raise brook trout from eggs to fry to be released into a local stream. Students learn important coldwater conservation and ecology lessons through this hands-on project.
Local conservation organizations, such as Seneca Trout Unlimited, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, and Kinzua Fish and Wildlife Association provide funding for equipment.
The Conservation District provides technical support and additional funding for programs. Field trips and water resource programming, including the spring trout release, can be provided for school groups.