Conservancy ‘Floating Classroom’ Wins State Grant

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – A “floating classroom” sponsored by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy – in which students paddling kayaks across Green Lane Reservoir learn about watershed science, aquatic communities, ornithology, geology, and botany – has won financial support from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Schwenksville-based conservancy is one of only nine education projects statewide that qualified for payment by the commission of up to $25,000 in expenses for its Floating Classroom Summer Science Program. Its series of four separate three-day mini-camps is geared toward high school and middle school students interested in “developing real-world field skills” for future careers, it said.

The high school programs are scheduled to begin June 21 and July 19 on the reservoir at the Walt Road Day-Use Area in Montgomery County’s Green Lane Park, 1051 Walt Road, Pennsburg; the middle school programs on July 12 and Aug. 2. Students must pay a fee to participate. Tickets are available now, here.

Money from the commission’s R3 Education grant “will be used to purchase equipment, supplies, and educational resources, provide transportation, and cover other costs associated” with the project’s development and delivery, the commission announced June 3 (2021; Tuesday). The conservancy must match its grant with a minimum of 25-percent cash, in-kind services, or other project expenses.

Programs sponsored by Alvernia College in Berks County, and the Stroud Water Research Center in Chester County also were grant winners.

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