In Pennsylvania, improving wildlife habitat one seedling at a time

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment.

The “Seedlings for Schools” program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.

Orders placed as part of the “Seedlings for Schools” program are being accepted from Feb. 21 through March 24. To order, visit the agency’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, and click on “Seedling Sales” in the Quick Clicks column, then select “Seedlings for Schools.”

There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by donations.

The Seedlings for Schools program has changed since last year, and now is offering only the “Seedlings for Your Class” level of participation. “Seedlings for Your Class” provides a classroom, or one grade level, with enough seedlings for each student to take one home to plant. Seedling choices are white spruce and silky dogwood. A teachers’ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and also can be accessed through the website.

In years past, “Seedlings for Your Class” was intended primarily for pre-K and elementary students, but this year it’s been extended to middle- and high-school students. The “Seedlings to Develop Habitats “ level, which was intended primarily for middle- and high-school students is not being offered this year in an effort to save costs the Game Commission incurs in offering the program.

More information about the program can be found on the Game Commission’s website, or by contacting RA-SchoolSeedlings@pa.gov.

 

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