School Programs Available
in Western PA


PRC In-school Programs

Schoolyard Composting Program:
A one session 45 minute program which can culminate in setting up a school yard composting bin for students to study:
-The role of light and heat in the decomposition process
-Microinvertibrates and Macroinvertibrates as decomposers

Worm Composting Program:
A one or two session program (your choice!) with activities focusing on earthworms and the installation of a classroom
worm composting bin for students to study:
-The role of worms in the decomposition process
-Worm habitat needs and the anatomy and lifecycle of worms

The Watershed Awareness Program:
This two-session in-classroom program will familiarize students with their watershed, watershed basics and human impact on the watershed.

Students will learn the effects of human behavior and activities upon the watershed, sources of contamination and ways to become good watershed stewards. Students and their families will be encouraged to work together to improve the health of their local watershed.

Environmental Health Program:
A 2-session in-classrooms program designed to heighten the awareness and encourage action around the issue of toxins and carcinogens in our environment, the consequences of these toxins on human health, and how to avoid exposure.

The program provides students in middle and high school with practical solutions such as safe alternatives and healthy lifestyle choices. Students also learn recipes for making their own non-toxic personal care products.

Resource Conservation Program:
Students learn about resource conservation while studying about natural resources, landfills, and recycling during this one session 45 minute program. Students may also perform a waste audit at the school. Other activities the students may participate in include making recycled paper, participating in a Recycled Crafts Fair or organizing a Paper Recycling Drive at their school.

Litter Prevention Program:
This one session 45 minute in-classroom program is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about litter and why it is a problem in their community. Students learn about the amount of litter occurring in Pennsylvania and ways they can reduce it.

If you are located in the Southwestern PA region call Nancy Martin-Silber at 412.431.4449 ext. 247 or email at nancy@ccicenter.org for more information or to schedule in-school programming.


PRC Assembly Programs

The “Recycling is Magic” Show
An entertaining and informative whole school assembly program for elementary and middle school aged stu­dent. Magician Dan Kuniak makes glass disappear, creates a tree out of newspaper, and most popular of all, recycles a live bird! Shows run approximately 45 to 50 minutes.

The “Litter is Magic” Show
An entertaining and informative school assembly program for elementary and middle school aged students which is designed to complement the Litter Prevention Program. This 45 minuted entertaining and educational magic show promotes the “Don’t Be A Litterbug” message.

Recycling Olympics
An exciting and educational event in which kids compete in a variety of relays and races using recyclable or recycled materials. This event is designed to teach children about the importance of recycling and protecting the environment in a fun and interactive fashion. The Recycling Olympics feature activities such as: the Recycling Relay, Milk Jug Volleyball, 2-Liter Bowling and more.

Litter Prevention Program
This one session 45 minute in-classroom program is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about litter and why it is a problem in their community. Students learn about the amount of litter occurring in Pennsylvania and ways they can reduce it.

If you are located in the Southwestern PA region call Nancy Martin-Silber at 412.488.7490 ext. 247 or email at nancy@ccicenter.org for more information or to schedule in-school programming.


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Teacher Workshops

The Watershed Awareness Teacher Workshop:  provides background information, lesson plans, hands-on activities, and additional resources related to water and watersheds. Participants will learn how human activity on the land affects the quality of water in our rivers and streams –our drinking water supply. The workshop will address both point and nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. Various sources of NPS pollution will be discussed, along with problems associated with various behaviors, types of NPS and suggestions for remediation and solutions to some of the water quality problems plaguing our region. A 3-D watershed model will be used and teachers will experience several hands-on activities that can be replicated in the classroom.  Teachers will receive a Teacher’s Guide containing lesson plans and background information along with additional resources.

Air Quality and You Teacher Workshop: This Act 48 accredited teacher workshop will focus on the human health and environmental impacts of air pollutants as well as behavioral changes that can minimize emissions and exposure.  For more information click here!

Climate Change Challenge: A teacher/pre-service teacher workshop that highlights increased awareness, actions that responsible, empowered citizens can embrace, and consumer options that can be explored as citizens seek ways in which to reduce their “carbon footprint” and contribute to a reduction in the magnitude of the climate change crisis and its ramifications. Increasing environmental literacy by teaching about the impact that our lifestyle choices have on the environment and heightening awareness and appreciation of the power of each individual’s actions toward improving our communities, both local and global, can create lasting change. 

Health and the Environment: The Human Connection
:
 An Act 48 teacher workshop providing background information, lesson plans and hands-on activities designed to teach students about the various toxins in our environment and how they affect human health. The workshop encourages actions that can reduce exposure and provide safer alternatives and healthy lifestyle choices. For more information click here.

If you are located in the Southwestern PA region call Nancy Martin-Silber at 412.488.7490 ext. 247 or email at nancym@prc.org for more information or to schedule a teacher workshop.

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