Education

Mission

Enhance education throughout the Upper Penns Creek Watershed through placed-based learning in the mosaic of healthy and functioning ecosystems through experiential and service learning opportunities through walking tours, restoration projects, our demonstration sustainable sister organizations. 

Perspective

The Education Committee works on the assumption that everybody has something to learn as well as something to teach, and that any encounter with nature is a learning opportunity. While our primary focus is on student education projects in the Penns Valley Elementary and High Schools, the Education Committee works with other Board Committees to amplify the educational components of their projects as well as with independent conservation projects in the Valley.

Activities

The Education Committee is active and energized, which is good because everything PVCA does is educational. This year the Environmental Education Committee is working to strengthen ties and programming at the Penns Valley Learning Garden, Muddy Paws Marsh, Mountainside Homestead and more. Our top priority is obvious and was easily agreed upon: to support our Environmental Educator, Jim Flanagan. The dozen or so Committee members have also created quite a list of potential projects including:

  • Re-establishing one or more School Gardens
  • Reviving the Environmental Center behind the PV Elementary School
  • Working with PVHS students as they plan their Senior projects
  • Teacher Training
  • Partnering with Boy and Girl Scouts, 4H, Libraries, Churches, Farm Fest, PASA, etc.
  • Coordinating events in the Learning Garden

The Environmental Education Committee is also developing the educational components for PVCA sponsored events such as Crickfest This Committee is meets monthly.

Education Committee Documents

Partners

We partner with other conservation- and environmentally-oriented organizations in  the area, including Muddy Paws,  The Learning Garden, and  ChicoryLane Farm.

Committee Members

Chair: Lexie Orr Lexie@clearwaterconservancy.org
Members: Jim Pierce, Kim Forsythe, Willa Paterson, Claudia Wilson, Dan Shimp, Nell Hanssen, Mary Kay Williams, Jacqui Wagner