Educational Outreach

The Lancaster County Conservancy wants to help create direct impact programming based on formative experiences in nature. This approach emphasizes curiosity, discovery, wonder, celebration, self-expression, and hands-on experiences.

We want to serve as a catalyst for environmental education programming in collaboration with educators, parents, local and state governments, and community members. That means the responsibility of closing the “nature divide” can be shared and the results more effectively realized. The Conservancy welcomes the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and parents and the community. We offer:

  • Class Presentations and Teacher Training that focus on engaging students and on the importance of connecting children with nature. We want to help young people develop an environmental ethic.  Our presentations can be adapted to all grade levels and will incorporate state environmental science standards.  Student engagement and leadership are emphasized.  Site maps, videos, and green technology planned for the project would be included in the program and training.

Teaching in Classroom

  • PTO Programs feature the work of Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods”. Through images, research, and websites parents are presented with information regarding their role in emphasizing the need to connect children and nature while developing an environmental ethic.  Many suggested activities for families and parents are included. The presentation is available for review.
  • District Faculty and Staff Presentations at administrative team and employee benefits meetings, and wellness fairs.  Emphasis is on personal wellness and the many recreational opportunities available to people on Conservancy preserves.
  • Community Service/Stewardship Opportunities are available on the Conservancy’s nature preserves.  There are many ways for students to experience nature while meeting their individual or group community service requirements.   The Conservancy offers outdoor volunteer opportunities for students and their families during the school year and in the summer.

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  • Science Fair Support is offered to work with students during the planning and research stages for their entry into the Lancaster County Science and Engineering Fair.  We offer support specifically for projects addressing land stewardship, conservation and other environmental topics.

Click here for a Presentation Referral Form (pdf)

Please contact Lydia Martin with any questions or to schedule a presentation. or 717-392-7891- ext.215

Preserves By School District

 Columbia Borough Area
  • Wilton Meadows Preserve
Conrad Weiser Area
  • Texter Mountain Nature Preserve
  • Eastern Lancaster County
  • Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve
Elizabethtown Area
  • Bellaire Woods Nature Preserve
  • Donegal Highlands Nature Preserve
Lampeter Strasburg
  • Shiprock Woods Nature Preserve
  • Greiders Run Nature Preserve
  • Holly Pointe Nature Preserve
  • Windolph Landing Nature Preserve
Penn Manor
  • Boyer Nature Preserve
  • Turkey Hill Trail Nature Preserve
  • Appel Nature Preserve
  • Safe Harbor Nature Preserve
  • Climbers Run Nature Preserve
  • Trout Run Nature Preserve
  • Steinman Run Nature Preserve
  • Reed Run Nature Preserve
  • House Rock Nature Preserve
  • Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve
  • Kellys Run Nature Preserve
  • Holtwood Nature Preserve

Pequea Valley
  • Homewood Nature Preserve
  • Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve
  • Rays Woods Nature Preserve
  • Bells Run Nature Preserve
  • Fishing Creek Nature Preserve
  • Wissler Nature Preserve
  • Ferncliff Nature Preserve
  • Rock Springs Nature Preserve
  • Alexander King Nature Preserve
  • Upper Hopewell Forge Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Rannels-Kettle Run Nature Preserve

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