Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is now accepting teacher and student sign-ups for a PA Student Action and Restoration Program in 2019.
The program presents opportunities for macroinvertebrate surveys, water chemistry monitoring, soil health evaluations, riparian buffer assessments, tree planting, stream clean-up, storm drain stenciling, invasive species removal, canoeing, and fly fishing.
The field curriculum is custom made, depending on teacher/student ideas and site requirements. Following the field site experience, students and teachers may choose to develop an action plan suitable for their own schoolyard.
The CBF-PA field sites include these locations--
-- Carlisle, Cumberland County: Explore the headwaters of the Letort Spring Run, a nationally prominent trout fishery and unique limestone stream surrounded by wetlands, important bird habitat, and distinct regional history. This site is within one hour of schools in Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Adams, and Franklin counties.
-- Columbia, Lancaster County: Situated along the Susquehanna River, this field site offers students the opportunity to explore urban issues affecting water quality and participate in creating sustainable solutions. The option to canoe is water-level dependent. This site is within one hour of schools in Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Lebanon, Cumberland, Perry, and Adams counties.
-- Gettysburg, Adams County: Explore how human land-use, such as agriculture and development, have shaped the ecology of south central Pennsylvania and Marsh Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. This site incorporates forests, meadows, riparian buffers, and an American Chestnut orchard. This site is within one hour of schools in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland, and York counties.
-- Rebersburg, Centre County: Situated along Elk Creek, this field site offers students the opportunity to investigate stream restoration efforts and the positive effects of these practices on water quality, aquatic habitat, and recreation. This site is within one hour of schools in Centre, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Union, Snyder, and Lycoming counties.
-- Pequea, Lancaster County: Nature preserves provide us with a wonderful opportunity to investigate aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and practice being good stewards of the land. This site is within one hour of schools in Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks, Chester, and York counties.
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