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    Programs that offer open-air learning experiences, particularly for schoolchildren, that promote appreciation for and understanding of local ecosystems and our fundamental connections to the world around us. Activities may include identification of plants, insects and animals and exploration of their habitats, learning about weather and its relationship to environmental processes, geological history and demonstrations of the importance of biodiversity and sustainability. Students may investigate the life cycles of animals in a pond; observe the growth and reproduction of common plant species; examine the form and function of leaves, stems, roots and flowers and how these features help to classify plants; consider the interrelationship between predator and prey; learn how different animals grow and change with the seasons; learn and practice compass navigation and other outdoor skills; and/or make other discoveries which foster engaged and responsible environmental citizenship. Outdoor education programs may be provided through schools, conservation authorities or other organizations.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Awbury Arboretum Association - Field Studies ProgramProvides outdoor lessons.PhiladelphiaAwbury Arboretum Association - Philadelphia; GermantownAwbury Arboretum Association
    Briar Bush Nature Center - Educators ResourcesClassroom 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!MontgomeryBriar Bush Nature Center - Montgomery; AbingtonBriar Bush Nature Center
    Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority - Nature ClubAn 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.UnionBuffalo Valley Recreation Authority - Classes and ActivitiesBuffalo Valley Recreation Authority
    Camp Compass AcademyIntroduces 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.LehighCamp Compass AcademyCamp Compass Academy
    Carbon County Environmental Education CenterProvides 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. CarbonCarbon County Environmental Education CenterCarbon County Environmental Education Center
    Churchville Nature Center - K-12 ProgramsProvides an outdoor environment for classroom curriculum. Also available for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.BucksChurchville Nature Center - Bucks; ChurchvilleChurchville Nature Center
    Community Action Agency of Delaware County - Energy EducationGeneral 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.DelawareCAADC - Delaware County; BoothwynCommunity Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC)
    Hawk Mountain SanctuaryRefuge for birds of prey. BerksHawk Mountain SanctuaryHawk Mountain Sanctuary
    Jacobsburg Environmental Educational CenterOffers 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.NorthamptonJacobsburg Environmental Educational CenterPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    Kettle Creek Environmental Education CenterOffers 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. MonroeMonroe County Conservation DistrictMonroe County Conservation District
    Lake Erie Arboretum at FrontierEducational programs regarding treesErieLake Erie Arboretum at FrontierLake Erie Arboretum at Frontier
    Lancaster County Environmental CenterLancaster 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 - Geology - Canoe trips - Compass In addition, programs can be designed to meet special needs and topics. LancasterLancaster County Environmental CenterLancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation
    Lehigh Gap Nature CenterWildlife habitat, education and sites for wildlife research. LehighLehigh Gap Nature CenterLehigh Gap Nature Center
    Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness TrustThis 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.NorthamptonMariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness TrustMariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust
    Meesing Outdoor SiteLocated 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.MonroeMonroe County Conservation DistrictMonroe County Conservation District
    National Wildlife FederationAmerica's largest conservation organizationNational Wildlife FederationNational Wildlife Federation
    Paradise Farm Camps - Educational ProgramsIn 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 CenterOffers 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. Services include: Environmental Education Program Guide Birthday Parties Programs for Children Programs for Adults In-Class Programs Elementary School Programs Preschool Programs Middle and High School ProgramsBucksPeace Valley Nature Center - Bucks; DoylestownPeace Valley Nature Center
    Penn State Cooperative Extension - Butler CountyProvides 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 DevelopmentButlerPenn State Cooperative Extension - Butler CountyPenn State Cooperative Extension - Butler County
    Penn State Cooperative Extension - Indiana CountyProvides 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.IndianaPenn State Cooperative Extension - Indiana CountyPenn State Cooperative Extension - Indiana County
    Penn State Cooperative Extension - Lawrence CountyProvides 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.LawrencePenn State Cooperative Extension - Lawrence CountyPenn State Cooperative Extension - Lawrence County
    Penn State Extension - Beaver CountyProvides 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.BeaverPenn State Cooperative Extension - Beaver CountyPenn State Cooperative Extension - Beaver County
    Pennypack Farm Education Center for Sustainable Food Systems - Little Sprouts on the FarmFun 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.MontgomeryPennypack Farm - Montgomery; HorshamPennypack Farm Education Center for Sustainable Food Systems
    Pittsburgh CitiparksArts 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.AlleghenyPittsburgh CitiparksPittsburgh City Government and Mayor's Office
    Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Riverbend on the Road Outreach ProgramsIn 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.MontgomeryRiverbend Environmental Education Center - Montgomery; GladwyneRiverbend Environmental Education Center
    Riverbend Environmental Education Center - School ProgramsRiverbend 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.MontgomeryRiverbend Environmental Education Center - Montgomery; GladwyneRiverbend Environmental Education Center
    Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education - Philadelphia EnvironthonThe 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.PhiladelphiaSchuylkill Center for Environmental Education - Philadelphia; RoxboroughSchuylkill Center for Environmental Education
    Schuylkill Conservation DistrictSchuylkill 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.SchuylkillSchuylkill Conservation DistrictSchuylkill Conservation District
    Shuts Environmental LibraryLocated 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. LancasterShuts Environmental LibraryLibrary System of Lancaster County
    Spoutwood Farm CenterSpoutwood Farm Center is a 26 acre farm located in York County providing a variety of programs for the public. Programs include: Community Supported Agriculture Spoutwood Observatory Educational Programs for adults and children Festivals and Events throughout the yearYorkSpoutwood Farm CenterSpoutwood Farm Center, Inc.
    Summer CampsSummer 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.MonroeMonroe County Conservation DistrictMonroe County Conservation District
    Tom Ridge Environmental Center - TREC GardenBuilt as an outdoor classroom and public garden, provides habitat for species of birds, mammals, insects and native plants.ErieTom Ridge Environmental CenterTom Ridge Environmental Center
    Trexler Nature PreserveA nature preserve offering educational programs, as well as outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature watching, picnicking, fishing and hunting.LehighTrexler Nature PreserveTrexler Nature Preserve
    Venture OutdoorsOffers 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.AlleghenyVenture OutdoorsVenture Outdoors

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