Conservation Through Education
In 1980, a dedicated group of sportsmen and community leaders decided it was time to develop a comprehensive environmental education program for the youth of Northampton County. This program has developed into one of the most successful county- based conservation school programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving the entire region of the state.
In the continuing effort to instill a positive attitude, leadership skills, and a conservation ethic among our youth, the Northampton County Junior Conservation School continues providing this unique experience every year. The conservation school is staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers composed of sportsmen, returning students, community leaders, state agencies, and organizations. This valuable educational experience is available for only one week of every year in the month of July.
The school offers 35 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 an opportunity to work with other youth and adults in a hands-on, practical, non-traditional learning experience. This is accomplished through lecture, personal observation, discussion, and problem solving activities.
The award winning program curriculum has been developed by the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Education Specialists, and other professionals from the conservation and environmental fields.
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