New state regulations, such as the Commonwealth’s Environment & Ecology Academic Standards and the No Child Left Inside Act, have prompted the Lebanon County Conservation District to refocus its educational outreach efforts. LCCD is here to help schools and teachers weave environmental education back into—and out of—the classroom. Whether it’s a field trip to a local park, a lesson in the classroom, or resource materials, the Conservation District is available to help teachers provide an environmental education experience students will enjoy and remember. All of our programs focus on hands-on learning.
The Envirothon is a fun, academic, hands-on event which challenges students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. The LCCD offers 3 levels of Envirothons: Elementary – Grades 4-6; Middle School – Grades 6-8; and High School – Grades 9-12. Middle school and high school students are tested in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, and Soils. At the high school level, students are also tested on current environmental issues.
The Elementary Envirothon is based on one theme, which changes annually. Previous themes included Watersheds, Agriculture, Energy, and Endangered Species. Study/resource material is provided for all the schools. Visit the PA State Envirothon website at www.envirothonpa.org for resources and information.
For more information about Environmental Education contact:
717-277-5275 ext. 114
Quittapahilla Educational Wetland Preserve (QEWP)
The Quittapahilla Educational Wetland Preserve (QEWP) is located on the property of the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center, 833 Metro Drive. The preserve was created to provide schools a site within close proximity to be used to study and explore wetland and riparian habitats. Boardwalks, interpretive signs, picnic tables, bathroom facilities, electricity, and educational resources are available on site. Contact the Conservation District to reserve the site for your next field trip or public meeting.
For more information about QEWP contact:
Agricultural Team Leader
717-277-5275 ext. 113