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Environmental Education

LWA educates the community
A very important responsibility the Loyalhanna Watershed Association holds is educating our community residents on matters concerning the natural resources of our environment. If you are interested in learning more about LWA’s many environmental education offerings, contact our office at (724) 238-7560.



Inside the Nimick Family Education CenterNimick Family Education Center

As part of the recently completed Watershed Farm Project, and thanks to the generosity of the Nimick Forbesway Foundation, LWA is pleased to offer partnering groups and like-minded community organizations the opportunity to utilize the Nimick Family Education Center in the beautifully restored barn at the farm for meeting and program use for up to 100 attendees. Interested groups should contact the LWA office for more details and availability.

Trout in the ClassroomSchool Age Programs

LWA is pleased to offer both field experiences and in-classroom programs geared for area students ages kindergarten – college at no cost. LWA has developed an education curriculum featuring lessons on a variety of environmental topics including wetlands, stream ecology and water chemistry that are relevant to the PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology. Programs are led by LWA’s experienced professional staff. Contact the LWA Project Manager for more information or to schedule a program.


Public Interest Programs

LWA hosts a variety of educational programs throughout the year that appeal to students of all ages on appropriate watershed issues. All programs are offered free to the public and are designed for the entire family to enjoy. Upcoming programs will be featured on the “Events” page.

Youth Conservation Corps Summer Internship Program (YCC)

DCNR Conservation Volunteers logo“YCC” is an 8-week long internship opportunity during the summer for currently enrolled college students who are interested in pursuing a career in an environmental or related field and who love working outdoors. Interns will work as registered Conservation Volunteers with the DCNR Bureau of Forestry and will work alongside professional staff on various ongoing conservation projects in Forbes State Forest. Interns participating in the program are eligible to receive a $2,500 scholarship towards their education. Funded by the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, the program has been providing valuable conservation experiences to area youth for more than 30 years! Applications are available in February of each year. Get application. Applications must be received by April 3, 2017

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