Our environmental programs have rebounded after the initial state budget cuts on education. Schools that missed a year because of tight budgets are back at the McKeever Center participating in our educational programs. For some schools, that provided an opportunity for school personnel to evaluate their annual trips to places like Washington D.C., Science Centers or Gettysburg. What we hear over and over is “we’re looking for something more educational and longer lasting.”
The McKeever Center can assist in fulfilling your science/environmental education requirements. Here are the programs we are currently offering. For more information, visit our website, or contact the center.
Research on the SunshipTM Earth Program
Nancy Bires, a 26-year veteran teacher in the Hermitage School District and doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is conducting a study on the long-term influence of the Earth Education program, SunshipTM Earth on environmental attitudes and actions. The topic for her dissertation is of great interest to her since she did her student teaching at McKeever in 1981, the first year the center offered the Sunship Earth program. Sixth grade students from the Delahunty Middle School in Hermitage began participating in the program in 1981. Read more >>
McKeever is offering a series of summer camps for children ages 5-14. If you’re looking for a fun yet meaningful summer experience for your children, consider one of the McKeever camps. Each camp is designed to connect children with the natural world through play, adventure and fun. You can find detailed information and registration forms on McKeever’s website at www.mckeever.org. From the home page, click on the summer camps tab at the top of the page.
Nature Day Camps
June 11-15, 2012 (Ages 5-7)
July 16-20, 2012 (Ages 8-9)
Our Nature Day Camps are designed to connect children with the natural world through play, adventure and fun – all of which takes place in the natural world at McKeever, it’s trails, forests, streams and the many plants and animals that live there. Throughout the camp, we instill a sense of wonder while children explore the natural world around them. The weeklong camp runs 9AM – 3PM each day. Cost: $95/camper
Earthkeepers Level II
June 20-22, 2012
Earthkeepers Level II is for those students who have earned all four keys and one bead. During this experience, you will gain knowledge about how the earth works by crawling inside the world’s largest leaf, traveling to the “City of the Future” and becoming a part of the Sun’s Bucket Brigade. Other adventures include finding a new magic spot and learning the secrets of becoming a “Nightwatcher.” Cost: $139/camper, includes two nights lodging, seven meals, instruction and materials.
Earthkeepers Summer Camp
July 11-13, 2012
This overnight experience involves students going through the Earthkeepers program, a three-day experience where children earn a set of keys and become an Earthkeeper. A mysterious, unseen character known as E.M. permeates the Earthkeepers program. As the keeper of the keys, E.M. is everyone’s dream of the wizard of the woods. This summer camp is for children ages 10-11. Cost: $139/camper, includes two nights lodging, seven meals, instruction and materials.
Outdoor Adventure Camp
August 8-10, 2012
This three-day overnight camp is for children ages 12-14. Outdoor skills and adventures await, as participants will have an opportunity to hike, canoe and cycle. While honing these skills, we’ll begin working on developing a personal relationship with the natural world. Mornings include sessions on wildlife, ecology, leave no trace and orienteering. Cost: $139/camper, includes two nights lodging, seven meals, instruction and materials.
If your school is thinking about participating in one of our outdoor learning experiences next year, now is the time to start thinking about reserving a date. We have already scheduled quite a few schools for the Earthkeepers and Sunship Earth programs. A few slots are available for each of these programs.
Before the end of this school year, information will go out to all schools that have already participated in our day programs. This letter will enable you to request certain dates. Please remember, dates for the day programs are on a first-come, first served basis.
For those schools that cannot visit the McKeever Center, remember we can bring our “Where Energy Comes From” program to your school.
McKeever is looking for a few Earthkeepers Trainers for Feb. 13-15, 15-17, 22-24 and Feb. 29 – March 2, 2012. Please contact us ASAP if you are interested and available to work any of these programs and pick up some extra cash. Contact us here or call the center at 724.376.1000.
The McKeever Center Staff
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