Environmental Education Team
ALT’s Environmental Education Team is lead by our VP of Education Jessica Kester and our Education Program Director Julie Travaglini. Both staff hold their Pennsylvania teaching certificates and bring with them over 25 years combined experience as leaders in the environmental education field. Mrs. Kester is the PA State Coordinator for Project WET and holds educator trainings across the state as part of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators while Ms. Travaglini is an active PQAS Specialty Instructor offering regional workshops for early childhood educators. Both Jessica and Julie are Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselors for a variety of badges.
The Environmental Education Team also employs Program Facilitators who hold all required clearances and training to work with students in the classroom and outdoors. Our staff travel across the county and within the region to provide high-quality standards-based programs that incorporate STEM concepts in hands-on, conservation, and natural history-themed lessons.
Our programs are offered for individuals ages 2 through adult on our conservation areas or at a site of your choosing.
In 2018, we’re running a Nature Quest scavenger hunt! It’s a great way for families to get outdoors together and engage their young ones with nature activities. Find & print the bookmark checklist here; or, you can attend an environmental education program and request a Nature Quest bookmark.
Follow the links below for more information, or contact Jessica to schedule a program for your group.
Science Sprouts: Students ages 2 – second grade will be engaged in STEM based programs on over a dozen topics at your location.
Investigation Nature: Students in grades 3 – 12 will gain an appreciation for nature and local green spaces through hands-on environmentally focused programs on one of our feature conservation areas or at your location.
Nature Nearby: Adults will be introduced to more in-depth programming on conservation and natural history interest topics at your location. Great for social gatherings, garden clubs or other organizations looking for a different type of adult enrichment programming.
University Partnerships: As stewards of over 2,100 acres of land we are looking for ways to quantify the biodiversity, economic value and other wonderful benefits of green space. To better gather this data ALT is currently looking to expand our work with higher education researchers and students.