Programs for Educators


The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge offers Environmental Education Programs which inspire students to learn the value of our ecosystems, and extends the learning process beyond the traditional classroom, thus allowing them to make connections with the natural environment.  Our workshops provide both formal and informal educators with the tools they need to bring students on field trips to the unique outdoor classroom, which is the Heinz Refuge. Most courses are Act 48 approved, and the subject matter meets state and national standards.  Below is a listing of courses available to date.



Project WILD

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  In Philadelphia?  Well, maybe not, but deer, red foxes, and coyotes, definitely. Come and learn about these and other Pennsylvania mammals, using a nationally known activity book designed for K-12 educators.  The activities can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts. 

Act 48 approved – 6 credit hours.



Project Learning Tree

How many trees does it take to provide oxygen for one human?  How can you measure the height of a tree? Learn this and more in a fun, hands-on workshop using this nationally known activity book.  Materials are aligned with national academic standards and correlated to state learning standards for Pre-K through 8th grade. Lessons have recently been updated with Reading and Technology connections in the guide.

Act 48 approved – 6 credit hours.



Project W.E.T.

Ever wonder how an insect walks on water?  What percentage of the earth’s water supply is available to all living things? Water is the driving force behind some of our most unique habitats.  Take this 1 day course and learn about the properties of water and why many plants and animals call wetlands home. The K – 12 manual is aligned with state and national academic standards.

Act 48 approved – 6 credit hours.



Energy & Society

Which appliances save the most energy and money?  What’s the most energy efficient rule for setting the thermostat? Leave the computer on, or turn it off overnight? While these are individual decisions, they affect society in general.  Designed by the creators of Project Learning Tree this course provides further investigation of renewable and non-renewable resource use. This course meets state academic standards for grades K – 8, and contains Spanish Language adaptations.

Act 48 approved – 6 credit hours.



WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

Explore watery habitats and the valuable economic relationship between wetlands and people. This course includes an action packed “how to” manual, which is an interdisciplinary guide for formal and non-formal educators of students in K – 12th grade. Activities contained within this manual relating to wetlands are aligned with state and national academic standards.



Pennsylvania Songbirds

How many adaptations do birds have?  What are neo-tropical migrants and where do they come from?  What hazards do birds face in the 21st century?  Answer these questions and more in this workshop focusing on Pennsylvania’s bird populations.  This K – 12 curriculum support manual assists educators in addressing state academic educational standards using songbirds as a focus. 

Act 48 approved – 6 credit hours.



Nature of Learning

“Nature of Learning” is a nationwide program which pairs Wildlife Refuges with schools, providing an opportunity to foster environmental education, while learning and putting into practice, methods of stewardship of our land’s shrinking natural resources.  The Heinz Refuge is proud to be one of several “Nature of Learning” sites, nationwide.


Contact Erika Scarborough for information on course availability, prerequisites, dates and times.


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