Educator Materials and Programs

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Resources for Educators

Below are links to regional, state, and nationwide resources that support educational efforts involving many aspects of natural resource conservation along the Kittatinny Ridge and beyond. Many of these organizations and agencies provide environmental education programs, offer curriculum assistance, or have a strong volunteer base that contributes to citizen science initiatives. School-community partnerships with these groups can enhance learning, and develop in students a sense of stewardship for our environment by providing meaningful, standards-based, outdoor experiences and field studies.

Audubon Chapters
County Conservation Districts, Cooperative Extensions
Pennsylvania State Agencies and Organizations
Nationwide Agencies and Organizations
Backyard/Schoolyard Habitat
Nature/Environmental Education Centers
Nature/Environmental Education for Educators
Regional Conservation Organizations
Regional Recreational Opportunities

Audubon Chapters
Not sure which chapter covers your area? See a map of Chapter Coverage

County Conservation Districts
Conservation Districts offer environmental education programs and activities that target a wide variety of audiences including farmers and other landowners, local officials, watershed groups, teachers and students. Some of these environmental education activities include the Envirothon, in service-training sessions for teachers including Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project Food Land and People, poster and essay contests, and youth conservation camps.

The mission of the Penn State Cooperative Extension is to extend non-formal outreach educational opportunities to individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Pennsylvania. Click here to find your County Extension Office.

Pennsylvania State Agencies and Organizations

Nationwide Agencies and Organizations

Backyard/Schoolyard Habitat
A great way to illustrate to students the value of native plants to Pennsylvania wildlife is to create or enhance schoolyard habitat. This is an increasingly popular type of multi-year project that creates important living and nesting places for birds and other wildlife as more and more of our land is converted to impervious surfaces or turf grass. Students learn lessons in habitat evaluation, natural history, planning, mapping, budgets, and biology, making these projects naturally multi-disciplinary.

Environmental/Nature Education Centers
The centers and resources listed below are geographically located in, or provide service to, teachers in the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Corridor. Visit these websites often to find ongoing teacher workshops or explore opportunities for student-based field studies.

Nature/Environmental Education for Educators
In addition to the information below, be sure to visit PCEE’s EE Events Calendar http://www.eelink.net/cgi-bin/risee/pcee/calendar-for a list of upcoming environmental events in your area.

Regional Conservation Organizations
Conservation organizations often rely on a base of volunteers for activities, projects, and outreach. Many Kittatinny Coalition organizations offer programs, activities, or materials. For a comprehensive directory of Pennsylvania watershed groups and other regional organizations, visit POWR.

Regional Recreational Opportunities
These links provide information on hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, and other activities that will develop and nurture students’ (and educators!) enjoyment of the outdoors. Combining hiking or boating with field studies gives students a chance to become familiar with the natural resources around them, and encourages them to pursue outdoor interests on their own. For regional trail club lists, visit the Keystone Trails Association and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. For other regional outdoor recreation links, see below.

The Kittatinny Slide Show and Kittatinny Poster are in the Downloadable Resources section at bottom of page; click here for the Raptor ID Brochure from the Hawk Migration Association of North America.

If you have trouble with any of these links, or if you know of a change, please contact us via email.

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