Archived Webinars

Healthy Schools: Clean Air, Clean Water, Pest Free

May 11, 2017

During this webinar session participants will hear from three individual presenters on important topics related to healthy schools.


Lisa Donohue, Lead in Drinking Water Expert, will speak on “To Test or Not to Test?” That is the question about lead in drinking water.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present the 3 Ts (Training, Testing and Telling) guidelines to assist schools with lead in drinking water prevention programs.


Lorna Rosenberg,  Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator, Region 3 EPA,  will present the what, why and how of good air quality in schools with her presentation, “ Using your School as a Laboratory: Investigating Indoor Air Quality”.


Michelle Niedermeier, Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Environmental Health Program Coordinator, will present on IPM for schools.  Topics covered will include pests, (such as cockroaches, mice, bed bugs, head lice, ants), pesticides, asthma and other human and environmental health impacts.



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Green STEMS Trainings

Citizen Science & Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) on May 02, 2017 11:00 AM EDT at:

In this webinar, 21st CCLC staff will investigate Project BudBurst, a citizen science project that measures annual changes in trees and shrubs. Additionally, staff will become familiar with the structure and benefits of MWEEs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Pre Training on May 31, 2017 9:30 AM EDT at:

In this webinar, 21st CCLC staff will be introduced to the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program and receive background information, data collection procedures, and supporting learning activities.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


If you have any questions please contact me at or by phone at 717-763-1661, ext. 166.




Watershed Primer

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Through online activities and discussion, 21st CCLC staff will describe the water cycle, define and identify watersheds, and understand their role as Pennsylvanians in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.



Stream Science

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In this webinar, 21st CCLC staff will explore the living and non-living components of a stream as well as the impact of land use on nearby streams.


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Schoolyard Habitats and Nature Play Spaces

April 6, 2017

Join Sandi Olek, Senior Policy Advisor for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Craig Johnson, Director of Interpret Green & Neighborhood Nature Works in Pennsylvania, as they explore the creation of wildlife habitat and nature play spaces for schoolyards, playgrounds, and parks. They will share research on the benefits of natural play and best practices from schools and other facilities that have incorporated nature play and habitat gardens into their grounds.

Case studies will cover how to enhance outdoor play spaces with bird feeders, bird houses, butterfly houses, bat houses, nature cams, weather stations, nature observation tools, and interactive education programs

Participants will learn how to engage children in multiple types of activities within a beautiful, safe and instructive habitat environment.




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Rain to Drain: Teaching Kids about Stormwater

March 15, 2016

Join Jennifer Fetter, Watershed/Youth Development Educator at Penn State Extension, as she presents a webinar on her new stormwater curriculum. Rain to Drain – Slow the Flow is an innovative, fun, hands-on stormwater education curriculum, available for FREE online. This experiment style series of activities leads youth and adults to a better understanding of the movement of stormwater in natural and developed communities. It’s also a great introduction to green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices.

Click here to view an article about this exciting curriculum.




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A Breath of Fresh Air: Schools and Outdoor Air Quality

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Join Lorna Rosenberg, Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with her partners and colleagues as they present a webinar on schools and outdoor air quality. Learn ways to reduce exposure through awareness, managing schedules, and making good planning decisions. The webinar will highlight three EPA programs that target exposure to outdoor air quality and how to reduce exposure to poor outdoor air quality.


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Pennsylvania Farm to School Program

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Join Elaine McDonnell, Coordinator of Project PA at Penn State University, as she presents a webinar on the PA Farm to School Initiative. Learn about the initiative, school districts that have implemented successful Farm To School programs, and tips to developing a Farm to School program at your school. Ms. McDonnell is a Registered Dietitian and has her master’s degree from Penn State University.



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2015-2016 US Green Ribbon School Program in PA

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Join Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Science Advisor Dave Bauman as he presents a webinar on the US Green Ribbon School program sponsored by the US Department of Education. Learn about this year’s application, important due dates and how your school can be involved.


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Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT): A Chesapeake Bay Environmental Education Survey

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Each Pennsylvania school district and charter school is expected to complete the Pennsylvania Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) survey by the end of August, 2015. This tool will help local and state school systems collect important information that will work towards advancing the implementation of environmental education efforts in the mid-Atlantic region.

Join presenters David Bauman, Science Education Advisor in the Bureau of Curriculum Assessment and Instruction at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Karen Lehman, Youth Development Project Manager at the Center for Schools and Communities as they outline the goals of the ELIT survey. This webinar will give a brief history of the project, why it is important to complete the survey, and when the aggregate data will be available.  Learn about environmental education classroom resources that your district could obtain through a random drawing of those who complete the survey.

The ELIT survey directly supports the Environmental Literacy Goal and Outcomes of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.


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Schoolyard Habitats: Audubon Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Join presenter Amy Weidensaul, Director of Community Conservation and Education for Audubon Pennsylvania as she shares some of the work the agency is doing to create habitat, especially for birds, with students on school grounds and in nearby parks. Amy will discuss the design and planning considerations for installing a habitat on schools and how to use it as an outdoor classroom, the importance of school grounds for wildlife and for people and will share some tips for finding funding for these projects. Amy will share lessons on the schools grounds and ways to incorporate citizen science into classroom teaching.

During this webinar, you will:

  • learn about Audubon’s habitat program that helps students and teachers create wildlife habitat at their schools and in nearby parks
  • get ideas on how to use your school grounds as an outdoor classroom
  • see examples of schoolyard habitat projects that have been installed in schools in Pennsylvania and learn some easy ways to work with students to create habitat
  • get ideas on where to find some funding and other resources for these projects
  • get ideas on how to incorporate citizen science and the scientific method into outdoor schoolyard programs

Ms. Weidensaul holds a BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed from Lehigh University in educational leadership focusing on non-profit administration. She is currently working on doctorate in environmental studies at Antioch University.


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US Green Ribbon School Program in PA

Highlights from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, a National Award-Winning School

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Join former Pennsylvania Department of Education Deputy Secretary Michael Walsh, Executive Board Member of the PA Green and Healthy Schools Partnership, as he presents a program on the US Green Ribbon School program sponsored by the US Department of Education, providing an historical overview of Pennsylvania’s participation. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, one of the 2012 Green Ribbon Schools, will present highlights of their award winning program. The SCH Academy received this recognition because of its strong commitment to sustainability from the youngest students to faculty, from its rooftop solar array, rainwater recycling, composting system and environmental education curriculum. Learn how your school can be involved.

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