Education at Kings Gap


Kings Gap Environmental Education Center seeks to fulfill the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks' unique opportunity to teach about the natural world and critical environmental issues facing society. It also helps provide skills for appreciating and enjoying the outdoors. The center provides a wide variety of educational services to accomplish this goal.

A typical day may bring several classes of students to the center to participate in discovery-based environmental learning. Using various curricula, including activities selected from the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks' Activities for Environmental Learning, teachers and students explore the ecosystems of Kings Gap to further their awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

Center staff also train high school students, teachers and other interested high-school age groups to participate in the Bureau of State Parks' Watershed Education program. This outreach program develops problem solving skills for dealing with complex issues facing the environment.

Kings Gap conducts teacher workshops based on environmental education curricula including Activities for Environmental Learning, Keystone Aquatic Resources Education, Project Learning Tree and Project Wild. Workshops on environmental issues and resources tailored to meet specific needs are also offered. Each spring, Kings Gap co-sponsors an environmental issues conference with Shippensburg University.

During the summer months, youths ages 4 to 17 are invited to participate in the Bureau of State Parks' Youth Environmental Learning Series which includes: Touch and Grow, Environmental Discovery, Junior Naturalist and the Conservation Leadership Program. This series of four programs gives young people opportunities to explore and learn about the environment with others the same age.

The center offers a variety of interpretive programs for the general public. Programs offered on an annual basis include Discovering Owls, Experiencing a Spring Night, Sights and Sounds of a Summer Evening, and both a Holiday and a Spring Open House. A complete schedule of programs is available from the center office or at the three day use areas.

For additional information on any of the services provided by Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, contact the center office.

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