Environmental Center Classroom
The environmental center classroom hosts over 1,200 students, teachers and parents each year. The classroom looks out over the wetland area making it the perfect setting for learning about our natural surroundings. The room can accommodate 45 students at a time and has computers and microscopes available to enhance learning. There are modern restroom facilities, a water fountain, and the attached porch with picnic tables is great for bird watching or eating lunch after a day of exploring the wetlands.
For more information or to schedule a program for your classroom or group please contact Susan Boser, Environmental Educator at the Conservation District office at 724-378-1701 or at Penn State Extension at 724-774-3003.
Programs meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology and may be modified for homeschool groups working on a specific study or Scouts working towards a particular badge.
Programs presented by a BCCD Educator include:
Exploring Wetland Wonders (K-3rd Grade) Introduction to wetlands and the animals and plants that live there.
Why are Wetlands Important? (4th - 8th Grade) Functions of wetlands and their importance to humans and the plants and animals that live there.
Macro-invertebrate Studies (4th Grade and up) Collect and observe aquatic organisms from the creek or pond as indicator of water quality.
* Teachers wishing to use the Environmental Center classroom for their own wetland and outdoor study are welcome. Please call to schedule a time for the use of the facility.
Programs available at your school
Groundwater Model or Enviroscape Demonstrations (4th Grade and up) These table top models provide great visual lessons of groundwater and watersheds in action!
Water Testing (4th Grade and up) Test water from a water body near you.
Groups wishing to schedule an education program must submit an application through the Conservation District.