DEP helps fund Forest, Jefferson environmental education projects

From staff reports

The state Department of Environmental Education has awarded a little more than $1 million in Environmental Education Grant funding to 73 projects statewide, including two in Forest County and one in Jefferson County.

Forest Area School District was awarded $3,882 to enable environmental science and chemistry students to participate in hands-on experiments to evaluate multiple indicators of a healthy water system.

Students will visit a water treatment facility, research government roles related to water quantity and quality, and research local and state career opportunities.

The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival in Forest County was awarded $4,475 to host a three-day interactive STEAM program for grades K-6 students. The program will focus on the firefly, which is Pennsylvania’s state insect.

Students will explore firefly biology, bioluminescence, synchronicity and environmental concerns, as well as actions they and their families can take such as habitat conservation, reduced pesticide use and land/water protection.

Families will be invited to an exclusive viewing of the fireflies at a June 2024 event.

The Jefferson County Conservation District was awarded $4,795 to hold a three-day outdoor camp for women and girls to increase knowledge about the environment, climate change and sustainability.