|Awbury Arboretum Association - Field Studies Program||Provides outdoor lessons.||Philadelphia||Awbury Arboretum Association - Philadelphia; Germantown||Awbury Arboretum Association|
|Briar Bush Nature Center - Educators Resources||Classroom and after school teachers, homeschool educators, day-care providers and more - take advantage of Briar Bush's resources and multiple-visit contracts to enrich and enhance your own lessons and your students' learning!||Montgomery||Briar Bush Nature Center - Montgomery; Abington||Briar Bush Nature Center|
|Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority - Nature Club||An after school program open to children ages 5 to 10 years. This program will take place in the Warming House, the Children's Play Garden and throughout Lewisburg Park; rain, snow or shine. Please make sure children are dressed for the weather! Program offers 45 minutes to an hour of free play. Children will learn engineering, physics, and cooperative skills in BVRA's Certified Nature Explorer classroom. The remaining 45 minutes will consist of a structured activity, and snack inside the Warming House.||Union||Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority - Classes and Activities||Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority|
|Camp Compass Academy||Introduces urban middle and high school students to outdoor recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing and archery. Students are matched with volunteer mentors who provide tutoring and guidance along with structured outdoor activities. Students earn rewards for meeting their social and academic goals.||Lehigh||Camp Compass Academy||Camp Compass Academy|
|Carbon County Environmental Education Center||Provides information about environmental and wildlife issues and relevant legislation. In addition to classrooms and educational displays, the barn also houses an environmental research and lending library and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital.
||Carbon||Carbon County Environmental Education Center||Carbon County Environmental Education Center|
|Churchville Nature Center - K-12 Programs||Provides an outdoor environment for classroom curriculum. Also available for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.||Bucks||Churchville Nature Center - Bucks; Churchville||Churchville Nature Center|
|Community Action Agency of Delaware County - Energy Education||General education regarding energy conservation is available to all CAADC clients. Those that receive In-Home Energy or Water Conservation services also receive educational materials, information and advice to further reduce costs.||Delaware||CAADC - Delaware County; Boothwyn||Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC)|
|Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||Refuge for birds of prey.
||Berks||Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||Hawk Mountain Sanctuary|
|Jacobsburg Environmental Educational Center||Offers environmental education programs, including preschool environmental awareness programs, high school level environmental problem solving programs, historical programs, teacher workshops and public interpretive programs. Once the site where the famous Henry Rifle was made, the Jacobsburg National Historic District lies almost entirely within the park. Henry's Woods offers very scenic hikes and the rest of the center grounds have multi-use trails.||Northampton||Jacobsburg Environmental Educational Center||Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center||Offers educational programs for all ages and abilities. Programs are designed to incorporate natural environment into the learning experience and to promote a goal of Conservation through Education. Trained staff will work with individuals and groups to design a meaningful program for all participants.
||Monroe||Monroe County Conservation District||Monroe County Conservation District |
|Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier||Educational programs regarding trees||Erie||Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier||Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier|
|Lancaster County Environmental Center||Lancaster County Central Park is the home of the Lancaster County Environmental Center. Naturalists conduct public programs, classes for organized groups, in-service training for teachers, and environmental education workshops. Programs for groups may be scheduled for anytime.
Program descriptions include:
- General nature hikes and explorations
- Wildlife (Birds, insects, mammals, food chains, plants, reptiles)
- Habitats and crafts
- Environmental issues
- Stream studies
- Maple sugaring
- Canoe trips
In addition, programs can be designed to meet special needs and topics.
||Lancaster||Lancaster County Environmental Center||Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation|
|Lehigh Gap Nature Center||Wildlife habitat, education and sites for wildlife research.
||Lehigh||Lehigh Gap Nature Center||Lehigh Gap Nature Center|
|Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust||This 200-acre wildlife sanctuary and wilderness trust sits on the slopes of Bougher Hill above the Delaware River in Northampton County near Riegelsville. Except for the area around the preserve office and four small meadows at the top of the hill, the preserve is entirely forested displaying a variety of forest types from oak-dominated forest on the north-facing slope to a mixed oak-sweet, birch-tulip tree forest on the south-facing slope. The sanctuary offers a nature center, walking trails, a wildlife viewing blind, information kiosk and interpretive signs along trails.||Northampton||Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust||Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust|
|Meesing Outdoor Site||Located in Delaware State Forest north of Marshalls Creek, Meesing is a satellite site of KCEEC and is owned by the PA Bureau of Forestry. KCEEC conducts outdoor school programs at Meesing as well as its annual maple sugaring programs held in February and March.||Monroe||Monroe County Conservation District||Monroe County Conservation District |
|National Wildlife Federation||America's largest conservation organization||National Wildlife Federation||National Wildlife Federation|
|Paradise Farm Camps - Educational Programs||In the Environmental Education program, guided instruction and free exploration of our 600 acres of hills,meadows, forests, and waterways allow students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world around them. All of the lessons are designed to help teachers meet the standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology.
School groups can learn to use a compass and map for orienteering, climb a rock wall, or paddle a canoe around our pond. Outdoor Adventures help students to build confidence, self esteem, and a sense of fun and community within the class.
During a full-day or half-day Teambuilding program, students will first get to know one another in a large group, then separate into small working groups of 10-12 students. From there, the groups will continue through several different team challenges, including some of our 14 elements in the low-ropes course. This program can help every class come together and improve the all too important skills of cooperation, communication, and trust.
||Chester||*Main Site (Paradise Farm Camps)||Paradise Farm Camps|
|Peace Valley Nature Center||Offers a variety of environmental education programs at its 750 acre outdoor classroom. Meandering streams, fields, thickets, woodlands and wetlands offer diverse habitats to enhance student’s on site learning.
Environmental Education Program Guide
Programs for Children
Programs for Adults
Elementary School Programs
Middle and High School Programs||Bucks||Peace Valley Nature Center - Bucks; Doylestown||Peace Valley Nature Center|
|Penn State Cooperative Extension - Butler County||Provides community-based educational seminars, workshops, and other activities that support the enhancement of personal skills in the following areas: Family and Resource Management; Child Care and Parenting Training; Community Leadership; Youth Development||Butler||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Butler County||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Butler County|
|Penn State Cooperative Extension - Indiana County||Provides community-based educational seminars, workshops, and other activities that support the enhancement of personal skills in the following areas: Child Care and Parenting Training; Community Leadership; Youth Development and 4-H; Nutrition, Health, and Wellness; Food and Nutrition Training for Low Income Families (nutrition links); Green Industry Business Management (small business); Home Gardening and Landscaping; Horticultural Pest Management; and Pesticide Safety. Other topics may be available upon request.||Indiana||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Indiana County||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Indiana County|
|Penn State Cooperative Extension - Lawrence County||Provides residents with access to research-based information and resources from Penn State University in the areas of 4-H & Youth, Water Quality & Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, Nutrition & Food Safety, Crop & Animal Sciences, Consumer & Commercial Horticulture, Entrepreneurship, and Energy. Penn State soil and water test kits as well as brochures and fact sheets on a wide variety of topics are available and Penn State Master Gardener volunteers are on hand several hours each week to answer home & garden questions.||Lawrence||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Lawrence County||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Lawrence County|
|Penn State Extension - Beaver County||Provides residents with access to research-based information and resources from Penn State University in the areas of 4-H & Youth, Water Quality & Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, Nutrition & Food Safety, Crop & Animal Sciences, Consumer & Commercial Horticulture, Entrepreneurship, and Energy. Penn State soil and water test kits as well as brochures and fact sheets on a wide variety of topics are available, and Penn State Master Gardener volunteers are on hand several hours each week to answer home & garden questions.||Beaver||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Beaver County||Penn State Cooperative Extension - Beaver County|
|Pennypack Farm Education Center for Sustainable Food Systems - Little Sprouts on the Farm||Fun and Educational programs for 3-5 year olds and their grown-up to experience a working vegetable farm in a safe and nurturing atmosphere.
Agriculture based play times for children ages 2 to 8 in the children's Edible Classroom: for example: What's Sprouting Up?, Veggie Time!, Chicken Dance, Let's Salsa, planting, watering, weeding, bugs, life cycle of plants, and of insects, sun and soil, water - too much or too little, etc.||Montgomery||Pennypack Farm - Montgomery; Horsham||Pennypack Farm Education Center for Sustainable Food Systems|
|Pittsburgh Citiparks||Arts in the Parks: year-round fine arts classes for children and adults; summer camps for children; music lessons; and movies and lectures. Environmental Education Programs: Camping programs, outdoor challenges, workshops. Public pools and swimming lessons for children and adults.||Allegheny||Pittsburgh Citiparks||Pittsburgh City Government and Mayor's Office|
|Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Riverbend on the Road Outreach Programs||In order to reach children within the school setting, we have designed a dynamic series of outreach programs that bring the wonders of nature to the classroom. Perfect for the winter months, as a pre-lesson to a Riverbend field trip or simply just for fun, these lessons are hands-on and interactive, using a variety of live animals, natural artifacts and games.||Montgomery||Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Montgomery; Gladwyne||Riverbend Environmental Education Center|
|Riverbend Environmental Education Center - School Programs||Riverbend offers hands-on,on-site environmental programming for grades Pre-K to 12th. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide your students through safe, educational activities that help them understand and appreciate the natural world. We strive to create programs that engage children and teachers alike while addressing the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology.||Montgomery||Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Montgomery; Gladwyne||Riverbend Environmental Education Center|
|Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education - Philadelphia Environthon||The Envirothon is an academically oriented program of study for high school students, focused on the environment, which culminates in a day of competition at The Schuylkill Center. Many high schools use the Envirothon as a focal point for an extracurricular club. Other high schools incorporate the five content areas of the Envirothon (Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Soils, Forestry and a yearly Current Issue) into an environmental science course. The Center receives generous funding from Rohm and Haas Company to support teams of students and their faculty advisors as they prepare for the Envirothon. The winner of the Philadelphia County Envirothon advances to the Pennsylvania Envirothon that is typically held in late May. The state-wide winners then move onto attend the North American Envirothon competition.||Philadelphia||Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education - Philadelphia; Roxborough||Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education|
|Schuylkill Conservation District||Schuylkill Conservation District is dedicated to protect, enhance, restore, and promote the responsible use of the county's natural resources. Services include water quality improvement, involving people to help protect the environment, agricultural land preserve, abandoned mine drainage, and parks and recreation.||Schuylkill||Schuylkill Conservation District||Schuylkill Conservation District|
|Shuts Environmental Library||Located adjacent to the Lancaster County Environmental Center along Eshelman Mill Road in Central Park. Collections include over 4500 volumes of field guides, curriculum materials, videos, cassettes and periodicals. Numerous books on wildlife, natural history and Native Americans are also available.
||Lancaster||Shuts Environmental Library||Library System of Lancaster County|
|Spoutwood Farm Center||Spoutwood Farm Center is a 26 acre farm located in York County providing a variety of programs for the public.
Community Supported Agriculture
Educational Programs for adults and children
Festivals and Events throughout the year||York||Spoutwood Farm Center||Spoutwood Farm Center, Inc.|
|Summer Camps||Summer day camps and Kettle Creek for Kids program at the offer an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn more about their natural world under the guidance of trained professionals with years of experience. Offers a residential camp and several day camps. Camps include: Kettle Creek for Kids for ages 4-6, Getting Into Nature Camp for ages 7-13 and Conservation Camp for ages 14 to 17.||Monroe||Monroe County Conservation District||Monroe County Conservation District |
|Tom Ridge Environmental Center - TREC Garden||Built as an outdoor classroom and public garden, provides habitat for species of birds, mammals, insects and native plants.||Erie||Tom Ridge Environmental Center||Tom Ridge Environmental Center|
|Trexler Nature Preserve||A nature preserve offering educational programs, as well as outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature watching, picnicking, fishing and hunting.||Lehigh||Trexler Nature Preserve||Trexler Nature Preserve|
|Venture Outdoors||Offers over 500 public programs a year including kayaking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fly fishing, cross country skiing, and geo-caching trips. There are activities for all ages and skill levels, and travel to local, city, county and state parks around the region. Offers a variety of private Group and Youth Programs.||Allegheny||Venture Outdoors||Venture Outdoors|