Erie County Conservation District

School Programs

Are your students studying Lake Erie? Would you like to learn more about native species, habitats, or watersheds? Perhaps you have a topic your students would like to explore, but don’t know what resources are available? The Conservation District can help! Our programs cater to Pre-K through adult groups.  The programs offered are aligned with PA state standards for Environment and Ecology; however, please feel free to talk with us about your group’s needs.  We build custom programming also!

Elementary Programs

Primary programs focus on students pre-K through second grade.  These programs encourage the students to use all of their senses to observe and collect information about the world around them.  Whether it’s camouflaging themselves like wildlife, discovering a micro-community, or listening like white-tailed deer in the forest, students will be fully engaged in experiencing the environment and habitats around them.

Middle School Programs

Upper elementary and middle school programs build on the skills learned in the primary grades.  Students use information and data they record and observe to explore their relationship with the environment around them and their role in it.  The main part of each program will take place outside in Headwaters Park – rain or shine.  If you are interested in a program at your school or site, please contact us for more information.

Stream Study

We also offer interactive experiences with our stream simulation table.  Nearly six feet long and continually pumping 25 gallons of water through it, it is a spectacular way to introduce watershed and stream flow, or explore various solutions to point/non-point source pollution. The possibilities are endless! For stream table pricing and more details, click here.

ECCD staff will also travel off site to work with students of all ages on various programs.  Learn about vermicomposting, your local watersheds through the Enviroscape, or test the health of the tap water from your building!  Off-site programs are a great option for larger groups or those looking to supplement their course of studies.

For Headwaters Park or school visit pricing, click here

We also partner with other educational agencies to offer various interactive experiences for students.  Please see below if you are interested in adding an additional program to your visit.

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Students will be able to explore the majesty of these fascinating native creatures – LIVE!  For a fee of $115 for the first hour ($75 for each additional hour), participants will be able to discover and observe various birds of prey.  Visit for more information on their agency – contact our office for program scheduling.  Birds of Prey details…

Reptile Rescue

Program participants will be able to explore and discover both native and non-native reptiles, including snakes, lizards, and turtles.  Talk with experts and have your students’ questions answered!  Contact our office for more details on pricing.