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Helping people understand, appreciate the environment

The Warren County Conservation District’s Environmental Education program is a constantly growing curriculum aimed at helping people understand and appreciate Warren County’s natural environment and natural resources. The District provides hands-on educational programs used to reach youth, plus public programs, demonstrations, and workshops for the adult community. If you need specific information, require a presentation, or just want to learn more about natural resources, the Conservation District is ready to assist you.

District staff can coordinate presentations, conduct field trips, manage workshops, assist landowners, and provide books or brochures from our library. Every year we hold Youth Conservation Camp for grades 7th – 9th, Conservation Nature Camp for grades 1st – 6th, and Kindergarten Camp. During camps the children get to do things like, fishing, look for macros (under-water bugs) in the stream, search for salamanders, learn about wildlife, forestry, and agriculture, participate in team building activities, and make crafts. During the school year, teachers are encouraged to contact the Conservation District for more information about our in-class programs to 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. The District also holds numerous other educational workshops like, Day Care Day Camps, activities with the

Warren County Fair Queen, Envirothon, and streambank workshops.

The Warren County Conservation District maintains 347 acres on Hatch Run Rd. This land is part of the former State Hospital Farm in Glade Township. This area is now called the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area. The area has numerous trails, functional demonstration areas, a pond and a pavilion. Many visitors come and enjoy hiking, hunting, and catch-and-release fishing. The District maintains the HRCDA property along with the help of volunteers from our local chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), called the Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association (NAMBA).

Additionally, this area holds several community garden plots (25ft x 25ft in size) which are available to rent for a growing season.

Rain barrels have been placed near the garden plots this year for gardeners to use as a water supply; however, the presence of the rain barrels does not guarantee the availability of water.

The pavilion and privy located on the property are also available to rent for reunions, parties, or other gatherings. Keep in mind that electricity is not available.

For more information on education programs or rental opportunities, please call the Conservation District at (814) 726-1441.

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