Parks to Schools/Schools To Parks Welcomes New Coordinator
Welcome to Elise Oberdick, the new Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Allegheny County Rangers.
Elise joins us during a very busy summer season, with lots of scout, camp and school groups scheduling tours and nature walks with our informed and entertaining corps of Rangers.
And she's already busy planning an active fall season planning visits with schools from throughout the region.
Elise has a long history of working with children and creating programming. Previously she was the
Educational Programs Coordinator at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
The Rangers offer a wide assortment of educational programming for children from pre-school to high school. Their unique program, Parks to Schools/Schools to Parks, brings Rangers to regional schools to instruct youngsters on topics such as Skins and Skulls and Insects and Bugs and for older students, Orienteering and Team Building. Once the Rangers visit a school, the school schedules a trip to the parks for an immersion learning experience.
In some cases, though, schools that are eager to bring students to the parks do not have the funding to cover transportation costs.
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation has found a way to partner with the Rangers on this project by securing grants from a variety of sources to
provide this support.
American Eagle Outfitters Foundation
, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program of
UPMC Health Plan
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group.
As a result of this partnership, the Rangers have access to funding to support districts who would like to schedule visits.
"We are excited to be able to help the Rangers bring this enhanced educational experience to schools in our region that would not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the great outdoors. We are happy to help create lifelong nature lovers!" said Caren Glotfelty, Allegheny County Parks Foundation Executive Director.
For more information on Parks to Schools/Schools to Parks, contact Elise Oberdick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-389-1533.