Education at Jacobsburg

Jacobsburg is committed to providing a diverse array of environmental education and interpretive programs. Programming is offered year-round to schools, civic groups, and the community. Educational programs are age-specific and generate learning through discovery and a hands-on approach. A schedule of community programs is available at the center. School programs can be arranged by calling the center office.

Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.

Environmental Education Program

Jacobsburg was dedicated as an environmental education center in October of 1985, and is one of four environmental education centers operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks. Programming is offered year-round to visiting school groups and citizens in the local community. School students engage in hands-on activities, exploring and learning about the unique ecosystems of the park to further their awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment.

A variety of workshops are available for teachers seeking professional development related to the natural environment. The workshops provide curriculum instruction and resources for various education and recreation topics. Workshops are based on state and national environmental education curricula and Act 48 hours are available for most.

Our public offerings provide opportunities for visitors to connect to the resources found at Jacobsburg through guided recreation and interpretive programs. These programs focus on the natural, historical and cultural features of the park and region. The center also participates in the Bureau’s DiscoverE program, which are week-long summer day camps for various age children. In addition to offering quality educational programs, the center serves as an outdoor laboratory for visiting biologists, college interns and resource professionals involved in a variety of research projects.

Heritage Education Program

The Jacobsburg Historical Society offers a wide range of exciting historical programs throughout the year. Programs include displays and demonstrations of early gun making at the Pennsylvania Longrifle Heritage Museum, located within the Henry Homestead. Living history programs include mid-1840s rendezvous, period encampments, as well as historical crafts. Gun making and related classes are offered and historic buildings are open for tours. Please contact the historical society for information, 610-759-9029.