Pennsylvania Student Action and Restoration Program

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Students investigate macroinvertebrates and monitor water chemistry during a Pennsylvania Student Action and Restoration program field experience.

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Ready to take your outdoor field experience to the next level?

CBF's one-day Pennsylvania Student Action and Restoration Program provides the next level, moving from field investigation to student action for improving water quality in Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams.

Opportunities include macroinvertebrate surveys, water chemistry monitoring, soil health evaluations, riparian buffer assessments, tree planting, stream clean-up, storm drain stenciling, invasive species removal, canoeing, and fly fishing. Field curriculum is custom made, depending on teacher/student ideas and site requirements. Following the field experience, students and teachers may choose to develop an action plan suitable for their own schoolyard.

Since all our field sites are different, use this planning table to help you navigate through the choices available to you and your class. Click on the site name for more information.

Field SiteCanoeFly FishingTree PlantingInvasive Species RemovalStorm Drain Stenciling
 Carlisle  X  X X  X  
 Columbia    X  X  X  X
 Gettysburg    X  X  X  
 Rebersburg    X  X  X  
 Pequea    X  X  X  

Field Site Descriptions

  •  Carlisle—Explore the headwaters of the Letort Spring Run, a nationally prominent trout fishery and unique limestone stream surrounded by wetlands, important bird habitat, and distinct regional history. This site is within one hour of schools in Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Adams, and Franklin counties.
  •  Columbia—Situated along the Susquehanna River, this field site offers students the opportunity to explore urban issues affecting water quality and participate in creating sustainable solutions. The option to canoe is water-level dependent. This site is within one hour of schools in Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Lebanon, Cumberland, Perry, and Adams counties.
  •  Gettysburg—Explore how human land-use, such as agriculture and development, have shaped the ecology of south central Pennsylvania and Marsh Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. This site incorporates forests, meadows, riparian buffers, and an American Chestnut orchard. This site is within one hour of schools in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland, and York counties.
  •  Rebersburg—Situated along Elk Creek, this field site offers students the opportunity to investigate stream restoration efforts and the positive effects of these practices on water quality, aquatic habitat, and recreation. This site is within one hour of schools in Centre, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Union, Snyder, and Lycoming counties.
  •  Pequea—Nature preserves provide us with a wonderful opportunity to investigate aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and practice being good stewards of the land. This site is within one hour of schools in Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks, Chester, and York counties.

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