The Lancaster County Conservancy is prepared to deliver direct environmental education programming based on formative experiences in nature. This approach emphasizes curiosity, discovery, wonder, celebration, self-expression, and hands-on experiences.
The Conservancy is prepared to serve as a catalyst for environmental education programming in collaboration with educators, parents, local and state government, 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.
Provide educational programming in Lancaster County to develop an environmental ethic by:
- Utilizing properties protected by the Lancaster County Conservancy.
- Connecting children/people with nature.
- Creating consistent, meaningful, and mentored experiences in nature.
- Engaging schools, families, and community members through partnerships and collaborations.
Support a linkage to all segments of county population
- Go beyond those already convinced.
- Account for differences in location, city and county.
- Connect with parents and children in anything we do.
- Instill a value system in all ages.
- Create pockets or threads of environmental activities as outreach initiatives for neighborhoods, schools, and community groups.
What Will Environmental Education Programming Look Like?
- Programming will be interdisciplinary and integrate science, math, reading, social studies, art, music, language arts, physical education, and health.
- Established programming for preschool through high school.
- Support state academic standards and mandates through teacher training and student experiences
- Promote hands on experiences in nature
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Asking questions
- Free play
For more information on what we hope to achieve through our educational programming, please see the Needs Assessment (2011).