Upcoming Creek Connections Workshops:


Other Workshops:


September Workshops

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Early Childhood Education Workshop

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

744 Walzer Way, Latrobe, PA 15650

Act 48: 6 hours

Fee: Free!; pre-registration is required

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for educators working with students from pre-K to twelfth grade. This free workshop will be focused on using the PLT curriculum in an early childhood education setting but registration is open to all educators, from formal teachers to naturalists, scout leaders, and others. Registration is required & is available online at For more information please contact Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at 724-537-5284. This workshop will be co-facilitated by a DCNR-Bureau of Forestry Educator.


Project Learning Tree (PLT) Educator Workshop

Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle PA 17015

Act 48: 6 hrs.

Fee: $28.00 payable in advance; pre-registration is required. Includes lunch in the Kings Gap Mansion dining room.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning comprehensive environmental education curriculum designed for educators working with students from PreK – 8th grade. This workshop is open to all PreK – 8 educators from formal teachers, to naturalists, scout leaders and others! All participants will receive the PLT Environmental Education Activity Guide and other resources. Earn 6 Act 48 hours while experiencing hands-on activities in a beautiful PA State Park. Please register by September 13. Contact Michele Nardone at to register.


GO Teach Hiking Educator Workshop

Friday, September 27, 2019, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Chapman State Park

Clarendon, PA

Act 48: 6.5 hrs.

Fee: $10.00 pre-registration is required.

Hiking is more than putting on a pair of boots and walking in the woods. It’s a lifelong recreational activity that can increase one’s stamina, endurance, and athleticism. It is also the basis of numerous other recreations including backpacking, orienteering and geocaching.

Learn how to enable your students to discover Penn’s Woods through an interdisciplinary set of lessons created by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Lessons focus on health, fitness, and trip planning; map reading and identifying local trails; and forest ecology as well as nature journaling. Each participant will receive the GO Teach Hiking Curriculum and access to loaner equipment. The lessons meet several Physical Education & Health standards as well as standards for Geography, Science & Ecology, and the Humanities. Registration deadline is September 18, please register early. To register, contact Jen Moore, EES at 814-723-0259 or

October Workshops

Growing Up Wild Educator Workshop

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:00 am—12:00 pm

Moraine State Park

State Parks Region 2 office, 195 Park Road, Prospect PA

Act 48: 3 Hrs.

Fee: Free! Pre-registration is required.

Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up Wild was designed for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7. It features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities in a full-color 11”x 17” activity guide which includes crafts, art projects, music, reading/math connections, and much more. It focuses on social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas and supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate. It is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the Growing UP WILD Activity Guide, other materials, and 3 Act 48 hours. This workshop requires pre-registration. Email Mike Shaffer at or call the Park Office at (724) 368-8811. 


Watershed Education (WE) Educator Workshop

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

400 Belfast Road, Nazareth, PA 18064

Act 48: 11.5 hrs.

Fee: $25.00 payable at the event; pre-registration is required

Watershed Education (WE) is an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary curriculum that is geared for students in grades 6 -12. Developed by the DCNR Bureau of State Parks, WE helps educators utilize local natural resources as a valuable teaching tool. By blending hands-on classroom and field investigations modeled on professional research methodologies, students participate in data collection and analysis, community networking and partnerships, stewardship, and service learning activities. WE promotes in-depth learning and understanding of water resources while encouraging students to examine the watershed holistically. Educators attending this workshop will receive the Bureau of State Parks award-winning Watershed Education curriculum and additional resource materials. Registration is required by October 9, 2019. Contact Rick Wiltraut at 610-746-2801 or to register.


Project WILD Educator Workshop

Wednesday, October 23, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Kinzua Bridge State Park

296 Viaduct Rd., Kane, PA 16735

Act 48: 6 hrs.

Fee: $10.00 pre-registration is required.

Project WILD is a K-12 interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The goal of Project WILD is to assist students of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. Participation in this program provides teachers with a knowledge and background related to the environment and ecology, math, and social studies education standards as well as more general knowledge about environmental education. Teachers will participate in hands-on activities and will receive the new Project WILD teacher manual. Pre-registration is required. To register for this workshop, call the park office at (814) 778-5467.

It’s time to Dive Even Deeper!


This year, for the first time, Penn State Extension is offering mini-Dive Deeper sessions in eastern and western PA. These day-long professional development events will dig into a specific water topic that you can use to enhance your classroom and field lessons. Formal classroom teachers and informal environmental educators are encouraged to attend.


Dive Even Deeper – Bog Environments

·     September 20, 2019

·     Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center (eastern PA)

·     only $35.00 (includes lunch)

·     Act 48 credit hours provided

·     Space is limited. Registration closes on 9/13.


Dive Even Deeper – Inquiring About Mining and Water Quality

·     September 20, 2019

·     Jennings Environmental Education Center (western PA)

·     only $35.00 (includes lunch)

·     Act 48 credit hours provided

·     Space is limited. Registration closes on 9/13.



The Dive Deeper Youth Water Educator’s Summit will return to Harrisburg, PA on October 1, 2020

Past Creek Connections Workshops:

7/23/19 – Summer Institute 2019

8/15/18 – STEM Educator Workshop: Water Resources and Earth Sciences in the French Creek Watershed

8/1/2018 – Summer Institute 2018

7/27/2017 – Summer Institute 2017

3/17/17 – Project Crawdad.  West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Laboratory.  Workshop Photos.

8/2/16 – Summer Institute 2016

3/7/16 Teacher Development Workshop at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Workshop Resources.  Workshop Photos.

8/4/15 – Summer Institute 2015

3/9/15 – Aquatic Invasive Species (Round Goby) with PA Sea Grant and PA Fish and Boat Commission

8/7/14 – Summer Institute 2014

10/19/13 – Creek Camp Teacher Workshop

8/7/13 – Summer Institute 2013

2/19/13 – Shale Gas Development Module Workshop

7/31/12 – Summer Institute 2012

3/13/12 – Shale Drilling Water Quality Monitoring Workshop

9/7/11 – AIS Workshop

8/4/11 – Summer Institute 2011

12/10/10 – Aquaponics & Sustainability Module

8/3/10 -Summer Institute 2010

8/5/09 -Summer Institute 2009

2/12, 2/24 & 3/4/09 -Creek Connections Open Houses

7/30 & 8/5/08 – Summer Institute 2008

3/12/08 Tree Workshop with Science Partners at Asbury Woods

10/8/07- Pittsburgh Teacher Development Day at BSA Camp Guyasuta

8/1/07- Summer Institute: Module Expo

6/21/07- Investigations of Fish Habitat Requirements Teacher Workshop

2/23/07- “Green…More Than A Color” Workshop

8/2/06 & 8/15/06 Summer Institute: Stream Geology

6/29/06 – Freshwater Mussel Surveys

3/11/06 – Rivers of Time: A Geologic Exploration of Pittsburgh’s Rivers

7/29 & 8/2/05 – Summer Institute: Intro to GPS Units

7/20/05 – Completing the Water Cycle: Meteorology

2/11/05 – Not Just Mapping Your Field Site: Geographic Information Systems

7/30/04 & 8/3/04 – Summer Institute: Riparian Buffers

6/10/04 – Riparian Buffers: Teacher Resources and Restoration Projects

2/27/04 – Water, Water Everywhere But Only a Drop to Drink

8/5/03, 8/9/03, 8/13/03 – Summer Institute: Wetlands

6/11/03 – Aquatic Insect Workshop

3/10/03 – Who Put Their Watershed On My Topographic Map?

8/8/02 & 8/12/02 – Summer Institute: Aquatic Insects and Topographic Mapping

6/20/02 – Rivers of Time: A Geologic Exploration of Pittsburgh’s Rivers (in conjunction with Pittsburgh Voyager)

10/22/02 – Something Fishy is Goin’ On at Creek Connections

8/6/01 – 8/7/01 – Environmental Education in the French Creek Valley Watershed Activity Module Workshop