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Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District > Education and Youth

 General Information

The Snyder County Conservation District is continually involved in environmental education and conservation promotion of Snyder County residents of all ages. Listed below are some of the programs and events the Conservation District has either sponsored, hosted or worked alongside others recently in regards to young people.

For adult environmental education, go to our Meetings & Workshops web page. Go to our Envirothon web page for information about the local, state and Canon contests.

 Outdoor Education

The Conservation District staff presented fourteen 1-hour presentations over two days in October 13 and 20, 2016, for fifth grade students at Camp Mount Luther, west of Mifflinburg, PA. The outdoor education program was part of the Midd-West School District’s Outdoor Education program held annually for their 5th grade students. Each student had the opportunity to make his/her own soil profile tube. Staff members also demonstrated water quality, watershed and land use issues with the students.

On November 6, 2015, Jason Winey, SCCD Watershed Specialist, helped out with a Selinsgrove Middle School Leadership Program for 7th graders at Camp Mt. Luther. Students assembled items such as bat and barred owl boxes and gave a presentation regarding the item. (A similar event was held in November 2016.)

Go to our "Education & Youth Downloads" (on the right hand side of this web page) for more details and photographs regarding these events.

 Environmental & Ecology Field Days

The Conservation District (SCCD) has held other environmental education events. For instance, an Environmental Field Day was held at the SCCD office in August 2013, for youth ages 5 to 12. The goal was to establish a culture of environmental conscience in the local youth in a fun and informal setting. Click here for more details and pictures about this specific activity.

Similar activities were held at the Middleburg Elementary School in 2016 and 2017 and both Middleburg and West Snyder Elementary Schools for kindergartners in 2018.  Similar activities were held in Middleburg for its fifth graders in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ecology Field Day Events for the entire family have been held in cooperation other organizations since 2013. Go to our Watershed Protection web page and check out the "Ecology Field Days in the Area" section located on the far right regarding each year's events.

If you desire additional information, please contact Jason Winey, SCCD District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x112.

 School & School Age Presentations

The Conservation District has given other presentations in schools and to school age groups over the years. For example:

  • Since 2001, water presentations has been given to West Snyder 5th graders almost every year. (2018 was the most recent set given at West Snyder Elementary)
  • Separate presentations have been given to Middleburg elementary and middle school students. For example, 5th graders learned about water quality, aquatics and other similar topics. Another 1st grade class learned about birds. Also, SCCD staff and others from various groups were invited to speak about the importance of nature with hands on activities to kindergarteners.
  • In years past, Future Hope Homelearners and Selinsgrove Area High School agriculture students received training on how to use USDA county soil surveys in preparation to the Susquehanna Valley Envirothon.
  • In May and April 2010, two SCCD staff members helped teach how composting works by leaving a worm composter with Perry-West Perry second graders.
  • We have given presentations to local scouting groups in the county over the years.
  • In April 2012, SCCD was one of several organizations that held demonstrations at the Eco-Arts Fest held at the Middlecreek Area Community Center in Beaver Springs.
  • For three years straight, SCCD was invited to have two educational activity displays at the AG Dairy Days event near Selinsgrove held in conjunction with the Middlecreek Antique Association's spring event.
  • Some other items not mentioned here are also listed on this web page's right column.
  • We also were involved in giving away wildflower seed packets to children at the opening of "The Lorax" movie in Hummels Wharf on March 2, 2012. Click here for details.

 Other Programs for Youth

The Snyder County Conservation District had sponsored a poster contest in which elementary and middle school aged students create posters promoting conservation and environmental stewardship.

However, the last time any school participated in this contest was in 2012, where sixth graders from Middleburg Middle School created posters.Any teacher interested in this should contact Jason Winey, our Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x112.

In 2008, we debuted our "Soil Tunnel" at the Kid's Grove Fall Festival held in Selinsgrove. The "Soil Tunnel" teaches the basics and importance of our soils while crawling "under the soil surface" in a "tunnel" made by the our staff. The Tunnel has been used in other events as well. Much of the materials were donated by local businesses (A list can be found under our "Education & Youth Downloads" section).

Check out the pictures on the Soil Tunnel link at the "Education & Youth Downloads." For more information, contact our Watershed Specialist, Jason Winey, at 570-837-3000, x112.

 Scholoarships & FFA Conservation Awards

SCCD offers scholarships/award monies to local high school students within the county interested in conservation. Contact the Conservation District at 570-837-3000 or your high school for more information. (For the list of 2018 winners, click on High School Seniors Receive Conservation Awards under "Education and Youth Downloads" section.

Every year, the Snyder County Conservation District honors Snyder County FFA members who participate in certain SUN Area FFA contests: conservation public speaking, forestry and land judging. FFA members from Midd-West and Selinsgrove Chapters compete in SUN Area contests against other FFA members from Northumberland and Union Counties. Awards and certificates are presented to the FFA members during our Annual Awards Banquet. Check out the 2018 Awards Banquet Recap in the "Education & Youth Downloads" section on this web page for details.

 Contact Information

Snyder County Conservation District
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Recent Happenings

On September 18, 2014, the SCCD was recognized as a "Friend of 4-H" at the Beaver Community Fair, Beaver Springs, PA. Click here for details.

 Scouts Help Local Environment

Read about two Eagle Scout candidates' projects in which they helped out our environment in 2013.
Also, check out what a local Cub Scout Pack did to educate the public about stormwater drains by using stencils supplied by the Conservation District.

 Education & Youth Downloads

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