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Training Programs

There are many resources available to assist individuals who would like to increase their knowledge of environmental issues and/or pursue a career in a particular area of environmental study.  State agencies, non-profit organizations, local watershed groups and conservancies, nature and environmental centers, local universities and on-line and distance education programs can fill this need.  The links on this page as well as those in the General Resources section of this web site, outline many of these resources.  

Teachers may be able to receive Act 48 credits in compensation for this training.  Contact your superintendent or appropriate authority to determine if this is possible through your school district.  For those educators interested in acquiring lesson plans and other informational materials, please visit our Adaptable Resources page. 

For those seeking hands-on experience, visit our Get Involved page. There are many programs designed specifically for today's young people in grades 6-12.

Sub-headings within this page include:

Workshops and Seminars

Project Food, Land and People (PA Dept. Of Education) - Project FLP examines the interrelationship between agriculture, the environment and people of the world.  FLP trained facilitators are available to put on a workshop in your area. 

Project Learning Tree (PA Dept. of Education) - Project Learning Tree helps students learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think, about the environment

Project WET (PA Dept. of Education) - The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids

Project WILD (Council for Environmental Education) - The CEE is a national organization that provides environmental education programs and services that promote stewardship of the environment and furthers the capacity of learners to make informed decisions.  Visit their web site to find a state coordinator in your area.

PA Fish and Boat Commission offers a variety of workshop opportunities for educators and students alike.  These are interspersed on the Education page of their web site. 

Bureau of State Parks (DCNR) - Explore this site for teachers' workshops as well as a selection of school, student and community programs.

Web-based Programs

Watershed Academy Web - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers an on-line training course in Watershed Management.  A full description of their certification program and course work is provided. 

Distance Education Resources - EE Link lists numerous environmental education opportunities that are available on the internet including resource materials and cyber classroom's.

Penn State University World Campus offers a variety of on-line educational opportunities.

You Can't Judge a Stream by its Color (PDF 2.2MB) is a guide by West Virginia University that covers chemical sampling and macrointertebrate sampling, among others.

Continuing Education

Watershed Academy (US EPA) - The Watershed Academy offers a variety of EPA and non-EPA training courses.  A complete Training Course Schedule and Training Course Description are provided.

Environmental Resource Center - ERC is a student-run, non-profit organization connected to the Environmental Studies Dept. at San Jose University.  They are presently constructing a data base of available internships related to Environmental Studies.

Outreach Programs - Penn State University offers a host of continuing education and cooperative extension courses.

College Degree Programs

Environmental Education Programs - The PCEE provides a list of the many Environmental Education programs available in PA colleges.  These include teacher certification courses as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

World Wide College Programs - A list of environmental programs in colleges around the globe.

Lehigh University- Located in Bethlehem, PA does extensive research related to AMD, earth, enviro systems, and society.  Also examine the courses offered through LEO, Lehigh Earth Observatory.