Teacher and Facilitator Resources
Classroom Seed Kits:
Birth of a Tomato – 3rd Grade Students – From a tiny seed… to a delicious tomato! – An in-school environmental education program provided by the Conservation District. Kits include tomato seeds, Jiffy peat pellets, instructions, and a growth tracking sheet. Order forms are sent out to county schools in late January to February and are due back by the end of March. Kits are delivered in April.
Birth of a Tree – 4th Grade Students – Forest lands have always been an important part of Pennsylvania, and their resources are vital to our environment. With “Birth of a Tree” kits, students plant white pine seeds and watch them grow into tiny seedlings. Students can watch as the pine seeds sprout, shed their caps, and grow their first needles in search of sunlight. Kits include pine seeds, Jiffy peat pellets, instructions, a growth tracking chart, and a booklet. Order forms are sent out to county schools in late January to February and are due back by the end of March. Kits are delivered in April.
The EnviroScape is an interactive display used to help students of all ages understand sources of water pollution and how to prevent such pollution. Contact the Environmental Educator to schedule a visit to your classroom where District staff will guide your students through this three-dimensional demonstration.
Wildlife coloring book – courtesy of the PA Game Commission
Wetlands Curriculum Guide for 5th – 8th Grades – a Friends of the National Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoo Publication
Check out the resources provided by these partnership agencies for more educational resources and opportunities for youth and schools…
PA Game Commission Resources for Educators: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Education/ForEducators/Pages/default.aspx
PA Fish & Boat Commission Resources for Educators: https://www.fishandboat.com/LearningCenter/Pages/Educators.aspx
PA Fish & Boat Commission Youth Programs: https://www.fishandboat.com/LearningCenter/StudentsKids/Pages/default.aspx
PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources Conservation Education Opportunities: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Education/Pages/default.aspx
PennState Extension Beaver County 4-H Information: https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/beaver
The Conservation District has a collection of books available for teachers and facilitators to borrow. Topics include gardening, wildlife, nature, geology, weather, trees, activity guides, craft project guides, and much more. Contact the Environmental Educator for a list of titles and to schedule a time to browse our collection.
Program Contact: Heather Humbert, Environmental Educator