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.
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.