The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

July 17, 2013

Environmental education: Event combines fun and learning

ST. MICHAEL — Area youngsters are having two days of fun, but with an educational twist.

The Cambria County Conservation District is hosting its 13th annual Family Days – A Natural World Exploration event at Disaster’s Edge in the 1889 Park. The event began Wednesday and will continue today with the purpose of educating children and their families about environmental issues and wildlife through various activities.

The program is geared toward 8- to 12-year-olds.

“We place an emphasis on environmental education and teaching kids about the world around them,” said Mary Ellen Bard, administrative assistant with the conservation district. “It’s something different to do in the summer and is an informal and relaxing day for families to learn together.”

On both days, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile Ag Lab was offering participants the chance to make soy crayons and learn about pollinators.

On Wednesday, stations were set up around the park where children could make a tie-dye shirt during a program on acid mine drainage and create a coal drawing at a presentation led by a local coal miner and his wife.

A highlight of the day was a presentation from Shaver’s Creek with live owls.

Today’s offerings include a session with an archaeologist featuring local artifacts and a mini-golf course designed to teach the youth about rodents.

The event wraps up with a reptile presentation by Animal Tracks, where children will be able to see a bearded dragon, a ball python and the largest salamander species in the world.

“Every year we try to do something different and never repeat things we’ve done from the previous year because we have a lot of returning families,” Bard said.

Amy Gates of Mineral Point has been bringing her two grandchildren, Colby and Melanie Jones, to the event for a few years.

“We come both days and enjoy it,” she said. “It’s a break from just sitting at home, and it’s educational for them.”

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    April 18, 2014

  • new councilman Judge fills City Council vacancy

    A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cawley Lt. Gov. Cawley pushes jobs plan during Johnstown visit

    Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley got to see firsthand many of the training tools used by Hiram G. Andrews Center students on Thursday and took some time to promote a program called Jobs for All, part of Gov. Tom Corbett’s JOBS1st PA agenda.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • home VIDEO | Volunteers ‘blitz build’ replacement home for Upper Yoder man

    One week ago, Joey Varmecky had almost nothing.
    In October, a flue fire claimed his Swank Street home. That night, Varmecky, a deaf and partially blind man who doesn’t speak, showed up on the doorstep of his friend’s home. His feet were covered only by a pair of stockings.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Toomey & Shuster Bill would help identify unclaimed remains of veterans

    The cremated remains of an estimated 47,000 veterans are stored throughout the United States, sometimes in nothing more than nondescript metal canisters on shelves.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • million Lucky Seward man finds ticket to riches

    People often play the lottery and dream about the things they would do if they won the big one.
    That dream came true for Karl Kadi of Seward, who won $1 million on a $20 Max-A-Million scratch-off lottery ticket.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Farrish, James State police make another drug bust on turnpike

    A Pittsburgh man was jailed Thursday after state police said they found about $120,000 in suspected heroin during a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sisco, Ryan James & John Patrick Two brothers charged in beating at bar

    Two Johnstown brothers were jailed Wednesday after police said they beat a man so badly he suffered a concussion and may end up blind in one eye.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • path of flood Path of Flood entries due

    Anyone interested in participating in Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s  Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon and 5K race will need to get in gear before the April 30 registration deadline.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drilling fees should fund education, Democrats say

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 17, 2014

Poll

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads