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Education at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of State Parks, is dedicated to helping people develop a sound environmental ethic.

Since the early 1970s, the center has provided a wide variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups, and individuals.

A typical school day brings several classes of students to participate in the center’s discovery and problem-solving approach to environmental studies.

Together, teachers and students explore different aspects of the environment and develop concepts and skills that help them become effective environmental decision-makers.

The center, often in cooperation with the Berks County Intermediate Unit or nearby colleges and universities, sponsors teacher in-service training and college-level workshops on environmental education curricula and current environmental topics.

As each season brings its own set of splendors, programs for the public are conducted by staff and guest resource professionals.

The C. H. McConnell Environmental Education Hall near the mansion is the indoor site for year-round programming.

Schools and groups should schedule field learning experiences as far in advance as possible. Educators are encouraged to fill out the teacher contact form to be included on the mailing list about field experiences.

The School Field Lesson Topics for Kindergarten through Twelfth Grades Brochure (PDF) has more information about the lessons offered.

A schedule of public programs is available at the center office. Explore the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ calendar of events for a listing of upcoming events at Nolde Forest.

For more information about the center’s current public and school programs or to schedule activities, contact Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.