From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- The Pennsylvania Game Commission will help students learn about the vital role of trees in the environment through its Seedlings for Schools program, in which students will be able to plant a variety of tree seedlings at home, on school grounds or in their community.
There is no charge to schools participating in this project because the seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The cost of shipping seedlings is covered through donations from Waste Management, Mealey’s Furniture, Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, USFWS-Partners for Wildlife and Pheasants Forever Chapter 603.
The Seedlings for Your Class program is for third grade students. The Commission provides a classroom or one grade level with enough seedlings for each student to take a seedling home to plant. Seedling choices are silky dogwood or white pine, and a teacher’s guide comes with the seedlings. Orders will be accepted Jan. 19-April 1.
Seedlings to Develop Habitats is for middle and high school students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a variety of seedlings to students interested in planting seedlings on school or community grounds to improve habitat, plant along a stream, develop a tree nursery or create an environmental area. Orders will be accepted Feb. 26-April 26.
Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and will be shipped directly to schools by UPS during the weeks of April 19 and 26, dependent on order receipt and weather, to be available for Arbor Day plantings,” said Cliff Guindon, superintendent of the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.
For more information, visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the Seedlings for Schools icon in the center of the homepage.