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 events from today forward.

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. Through its environmental education programming at centers and state parks, the Department aims to help develop a citizenry that is aware of and concerned about the environment and its problems, and also has the knowledge, attitude, motivation, commitment and skills to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.

The Jacobsburg environmental education program consists of a variety of quality programs including; student field learning experiences, DiscoverE-Outdoor Programs for Young People, conservation leadership schools, the Bureau’s Watershed Education program, and numerous in-service and pre-service teacher workshops. The center’s program staff also offers community programs and supports ecological research.

Anyone wishing to participate in a learning experience at Jacobsburg should contact the center office for program scheduling and reservation information.

Heritage Education Program

As a result of a close partnership effort with the Jacobsburg Historical Society, a wide range of exciting history programming is offered throughout the year by both center and historical society staff. Heritage programming includes displays and demonstrations of early gunmaking at the Pennsylvania Longrifle Heritage Museum, currently in the Henry Homestead. Living history programs include mid-1840s rendezvous and period military encampments.

Gunmaking and blacksmithing classes are offered and historic buildings are open for tours. Please contact the center office for a schedule and reservation information.