College to Celebrate 'Earth Day' With Montgomery Fifth-Graders

Published 03.14.2002


Seniors in the Forest Technology major at Pennsylvania College of Technology will lead a group of elementary-school students on a tour of the outdoor natural laboratory at the College's Schneebeli Earth Science Center on April 24 to commemorate the annual Earth Day celebration.

Approximately 85 fifth-graders from the Montgomery Area School District, along with a dozen teachers and parents, will tour the Earth Science Center from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The facility, which houses the School of Natural Resources Management at Penn College, is about 10 miles south of the main campus, near Allenwood.

Thirty-three Forest Technology majors will act as guides as the fifth-graders tour the natural laboratory, which includes 110 acres of forest, plantations, fields, ponds and an interpretive trail system. The interpretive trail system includes four trails, 36 environmental points of interest, an outdoor classroom, a pond and a picnic area. It serves as an ongoing project for the Forest Recreation course in the Forest Technology major.

All of the participants in the April 24 program will receive an "environmental interest" bag, with a bumper sticker, pen and other Earth Day items inside. The event will be canceled if there is inclement weather. Officially, Earth Day will be observed April 22 this year.

For more information about the Forest Technology program at Penn College, call (570) 320-8038 or visit on the Web.