FIELD TRIPS & OFF-SITE TOURS
We are excited to partner with local organizations and businesses to offer a series of field trips to highlight local history, ecology, education and sustainability. Field trips will take place on the second day of the conference (Tuesday, March 14th) from 3pm to 6pm. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Attendees wishing to participate in field trips will be required to sign up at the conference registration table on Tuesday morning.
We are working to finalize additional field trip locations and more information will be available soon!
Ernst Conservation Seeds - Native Wildflowers and Pollinators
Meadville, PA - 20 miles from McKeever
Ernst Conservation Seeds grows, processes and sells over 400 species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials for restoration, beautification, reclamation and conservation. Ernst Conservation Seeds and its suppliers collect, grow and process all of their products in an ecologically sustainable and renewable manner. Horticulturist, Mark Fiely will lead a tour of this third generation family-owned and operated business. Topic highlights include wildlife and pollinator habitat enhancement, native vs naturalized seeds, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and renewable biomass energy. Learn tips for establishing pollinator habitats and discover how Ernst’s can assist you in the creation of your own native planting at your school, business or home!
Dress for outdoor weather with coats and boots. Tour areas may be mud, snow or ice covered. This field trip is not handicap accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or strollers. Cameras are permitted.
Goddard State Park - Bald Eagles & Osprey
Sandy Lake, PA - 7 miles from McKeever
Park Manager William Wasser and Nature Photographer James Law will team up to discuss Eagles and Osprey on Lake Wilhelm. They will cover the general history and biology of the bald eagle pair across from the marina entrance, as well as an eagle rescue effort in 2015. Mr. Law will share some of his spectacular photographs. The nest is fairly close to the marina proper and provides for some great observation opportunities. Meet at the main Marina on Lake Wilhelm Road.
Munnell Run Farm - History and Sustainability
On your tour you will learn about our gravity fed/ solar panel driven watering system, our wind turbine, our unique farm animal the “trout”, an interpretive walk in our woodlot, and see all the different best management practices. Depending on the weather, you will have an added bonus of participating in our “sugar bush” and learning all that goes into the maple syrup process. The field trip will include an indoor introduction and outdoor walking tour. Warm layers with coats and boots are recommended.
Moraine State Park & McConnell's Mill State Park
Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research
Slippery Rock, PA - 23 miles from McKeever
Located on 83 acres of the Slippery Rock University campus, the Robert A. Macoskey Center was created in 1990 to promote sustainability at SRU and in the local community. The center hosts a variety of educational programs about sustainability, demonstrates the use of sustainable technologies and systems and supports sustainability-focused academic initiatives and research.
Join Center staff and SRU Students for a tour of the facility which includes a LEED certified 1920’s renovated farmhouse, an organic community garden, egg-laying hens and nature trails! Participants should be prepared to be outside and enjoy a short walk. Personal snacks and water are encouraged.
Experience 'McKeever Magic' - McKeever Environmental Learning Center
Sandy Lake, PA
Join us as we look at what makes McKeever and its programs magical. This interactive (give and take) session will provide an overview of the center’s educational programs, its internship opportunities, rental groups and a tour of the facilities, including its alternate energy systems. McKeever’s residential campus provides a unique educational setting for experiencing and exploring personal connections and the impact it has on the natural world. Each year, thousands of school-aged students and hundreds of teachers participate in McKeever Environmental Learning Center’s School Programs, which include overnight and day programs, which are designed to be hands-on and fully-participatory outdoor learning adventures. McKeever also creates opportunities for student teachers to develop teaching skills and provides a setting for training and supervising graduate and undergraduate university students.