Environmental Education is a key component of the District's conservation efforts. The Coordinator for this program has established a working partnership with the Tunkhannock Area and Lackawanna Trail School Districts and Keystone College. Several annual programs are available to both school districts, and workshops are provided for area teachers. These workshops are designed to help educators meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Standards for Environment and Ecology. Educators receive curriculum and project materials to help them incorporate the standards into their classroom lessons and activities.
Community clubs and groups, local businesses, environmental agencies, and neighboring Conservation Districts also request assistance through the Environmental Education Program. Please click the photo below to view our environmental education program listing.
The following are some of the annual events featured in the District's Environmental Education Program:
Arbor Day- This program, which is supported by local businesses, provides each preschool, elementary, and middle school student in the local area with seedlings. Shown below are Tunkhannock Area high school students packing the seedlings.
Jim Rice Memorial Conservation Field Days - This event, which is held each May at Rice's Tree Farm on Mile Road in Tunkhannock, is for all 5th graders at Tunkhannock Area and Lackawanna Trail schools and area home school students. Presenters provide information on topics such as watersheds, Pennsylvania's native animals, soils, beekeeping, forestry, land conservation, and stream quality.
4th Grade Ag Day - This event is held each September at the Wyoming County Fair Grounds. All 4th grade students from Tunkhannock and Lackawanna Trail School Districts, & the Salt -n- Light home school students attend. The students rotate through 16 stations and learn about the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives. Topics include vintage farm equipment, maple syrup making, wool spinning, livestock (chickens, horses, cows, sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats)organic dairy farming, fair queens, nutrition & health, blacksmith, dairy princess, & food pyramid. This event helps teachers meet the state requirements for Environment and Ecology.