Learning in gear: WoodMobile visited by county third-graders

Pictured is Drake Well Museum volunteer Jerry Knickerbocker looking on as WAEC third-grader Brady Morgan tries his hand at crushing shale.

Thanks to Warren Forest Hi-Ed and its partnership with the school district, approximately 320 third-grade students from around the district attended Tuesday’s WoodMobile field trip at the Warren County Fairgrounds. WAEC and West Forest students attended the morning session, while Eisenhower, Youngsville, Tidioute, Sheffield, and St. Joe’s attended in the afternoon.

The WoodMobile, an esteemed outreach tool, provides a rich educational experience about Pennsylvania’s forests and sustainable forest management. It uses interactive activities and displays to promote the responsible use of resources and enhance public understanding of the industry.

“The WoodMobile promotes sustainable forestry and the green use of wood products,” said Jon Geyer, executive director of the Hardwoods Development Council. “When you buy locally grown and manufactured wood products, you help the safety of our environment and strengthen our economy.”

Alongside the WoodMobile, students engaged in diverse learning experiences as they rotated through stations featuring presentations by the PA Game Commission, Drake Oil Museum, Allegheny National Forest, and Penn’s Woods presentation ‘Forest of Many Uses.’

During the students’ move between earning stations, EJ the DJ played dance music to add some fun to their journey between buildings. The picnic lunch provided for the participants was a pleasant and enjoyable break to refuel, especially with the warm and sunny weather.

Pictured is Tyler Brundage of the PA Game Commission sharing information on wildlife management.

The WoodMobile, operated by the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council in the Department of Agriculture and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, travels throughout Pennsylvania, delivering free educational programs to students and the public. Since its inception, the WoodMobile has hosted more than 2 million visitors.

Shown above is the WoodMobile a walk-through, hands-on, interactive trailer.


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