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Go Green Club Introduces Students to the Forest

Photo of Students get outdoor instruction as part of the Go Green Club. Nikka Labella, Bradford Area School DistrictStudents get outdoor instruction as part of the Go Green Club. Nikka Labella, Bradford Area School DistrictSnapshot : The Forest Service's Northern Research Station and Allegheny National Forest are key partners in establishing the "Go Green Club," an after-school science club that takes students in grades 5-12 outside for a weekly environmental education program. Forest Service personnel contributed to programming, providing outdoor presentations and activities on tree species identification, forest health and diversity, wildlife, forest recreation, sustainable management, winter safety and survival, wildflowers, and careers in natural resources.

Principal Investigators(s) :
McGuinness, Barbara 
Research Location : Pennsylvania
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 658

Summary

When Barry Bryan, the transportation director in the Bradford Area School District in Pennsylvania and an avid supporter of outdoor recreation, noticed that he rarely saw children or families out on the trails of the Allegheny National Forest, he decided to do something about it. Working with the Forest Service's Allegheny National Forest and Northern Research Station, and a wide variety of partners, Bryan designed and implemented the Go Green Club, an after-school science club that meets every week throughout the school year to give students access to all aspects of environmental education. The club includes two groups of up to 60 students, elementary (grade 5) and secondary (grades 6-12), that meet on alternate weeks throughout the school year. Forest Service personnel played a key role in planning and programming, providing outdoor presentations and activities on tree species identification, forest health and diversity, wildlife, forest recreation, sustainable management, winter safety and survival, wildflowers, and careers in natural resources.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Allegheny National Forest
  • Bradford Area School District, McKean County Conservation District, Allegheny College Creek Connections, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania State Parks, Allegany State Park, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Ruffed Grouse Society, Trout Unlimited, Proper Greenhouse.