SEEDLINGS FOR SCHOOLS
Wildlife for Everyone Foundation (WFEF) funds Seedlings for Schools, an educational program that is available for all schools in the state. More than 170,000 seedlings were distributed to students across Pennsylvania this spring through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's 'Seedlings For Schools' program. By participating in the program, students receive instruction from teachers on trees and their impact on wildlife habitat and gain valuable hands-on experience planting seedlings and observing their development.
Since the program's inception in 2008, more than 1,000,000 seedlings have been dispersed from the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Howard Nursery in Centre County. This year, 838 schools state-wide received shipments, nearly tripling growth from the program's first year. In total, 174,525 were distributed in 2015 with 174,425 shipped from the nursery.
Enrollment in 'Seedlings For Schools' is open to all PreK-12 schools in Pennsylvania. Any teacher can request seedlings and educational packets at no cost. Orders are generally taken in late February and early March with seedlings typically delivered by the end of April.
DISCOVER, EXPLORE & UNDERSTAND WETLANDS THROUGH THE LENS OF A CAMERA
The Wildlife For Everyone Foundation (WFEF) annually hosts "Explore, Discover and Understand Wetlands Through the Lens of a Camera." This year on Monday April 27, 2015 at the Governor Tom Ridge Wetlands in Centre County, WFEEF celebrated its 2nd event. Students received experience using the latest technology to capture the natural beauty of the wetlands and its inhabitants. Generous donations from Big Froggy 101, Best Buy, Penn's Cave and Wildlife Park and Dairy Queen Grill and Chill offset the cost of prizes and entertainment for participants.
After an educational briefing on the history of the wetlands and on the site's features, teams of students explored the preserve, snapping photographs of wildlife and habitat. Teams then proceeded to upload pictures onto tablets, creating short presentations featuring their best photos. These presentations were judged by a panel based on quality and creativity.
Wildlife For Everyone Foundation provides funding for education classroom tools utilized by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Urban Wildlife Kits are among the most frequently used in lessons across Pennsylvania. The kit features four lessons:
- Tooth Sleuth - a lesson on herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
- Critter Clues - a lesson on adaptations of humans and wildlife.
- Bite This - a lesson on the uses of animals' teeth.
- Who Walked Where - a lesson on animal track collections.
The kit also includes the pelts and skulls of many of the mammals of Pennsylvania. Suggested lesson plans and references are provided as well.
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTER
Wildlife For Everyone Foundation envisions a state of the art research facility to be located near State College that will house offices and laboratories for the wildlife biologists.
Pennsylvania is known for its ground breaking research on whitetail deer and black bear. Currently, there is no central location in which wildlife biologists can conduct their research. They work with various universities and other agencies in several locations to conduct their work.
Once the research is concluded, it is imperative that educational programs convey the results to the public and to other scientists. The Center will also house various wildlife exhibits and an auditorium where the public can learn about all the birds and mammals in our state.
Currently the foundation is working with JSA Architecture to design the Wildlife Education and Research Center. In the future, donors will be recognized with plaques and naming rights for offices and rooms. A long-term goal of WFEEF, the Center would centralize and advance research and education on Pennsylvania's wildlife species, benefiting future generations.
Wildlife For Everyone Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Foundation. More information about the foundation's education program can be found by contacting them at: