2016 Seedlings for Schools Program

The Game Commission has two programs that offers free tree seedlings for your students based on grade level, K-12. “Seedlings for Your Class” is primarily for pre-K and elementary students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a classroom or one grade level with enough seedlings for each student to take a seedling home to plant. Seedling choices are white spruce and assorted flowering crabapple. A teachers’ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and can also be accessed through the website.

February 2016 Edition of the Pennsylvania Observer (PA weather/climate information)

The Pennsylvania State Climatologist

From The Pennsylvania Climate Office Staff  -- The February 2016 edition of the "Pennsylvania Observer" is attached.  Features include a summary of February's weather, the experimental forecast for March and April, and one highlight. The highlight covers the basics of understanding the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). Look for the next newsletter at the start of April.

Peregrine Falcon Educator Workshop - April 5, 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Join the PA Game Commission, PA Department of Environmental Protection and ZOOAMERICA for a free WILD in The City workshop from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg. Workshop participants will EXPLORE the successes of peregrine falcon reintroduction in Pennsylvania; EXAMINE falcon specifics and endangered species concepts; and OBSERVE falcons in Harrisburg.

Leap Day in 2016

You probably already have on your radar that we are in school this year on February 29th! The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) states that leap years are regularly-occurring events based on set rules. During leap years, an extra day is added as February 29th to keep the calendar synchronized with the precession of the Earth around the Sun. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of the year is 365.2422 days and not 365.