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April 2017 CPC E-News
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CPC Receives environmental education grant award from DEP for its Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute (GLLI)
From left: Bill Chain, CPC Board Member; Secretary Patrick McDonnell, DEP Acting Secretary; and Anna Yelk, CPC  Executive Director.
At a media event today in Harrisburg hosted by Capital Region Water, the Acting Secretary of PA Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell, announced a 2-year grant to support CPC's Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute (GLLI). What a wonderful Earth Day gift for CPC!

The GLLI is an innovative, residential conservation leadership program held July 10-15 , 2017 for ages 13-15.  This program provides students with opportunities to become immersed in the natural, scenic, historic, agricultural, and recreational resources of the South Mountain Landscape while learning about its key role and impact as part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Students will bring back important lessons about their watershed as well as leadership and volunteer service.
The program is a partnership between the Central PA Conservancy and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Students will reside at the Ironmaster's Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace State Park for the first half of the week and finish the week on an extended field visit to the Chesapeake Bay.
At Pine Grove, students will learn about regional history and Pennsylvania's conservation heritage as well as important connections between PA's headwater streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Students will engage in high adventure through team-based activities that include rock climbing, rappelling, and tyrolean traverse at Pole Steeple. Students will also complete a community service project for the park by planting a riparian buffer along Mountain Creek and constructing rain barrels near planting beds in the park. 

At the Chesapeake Bay, students will explore the Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center and 20 acres of marsh in southern Dorchester County, Maryland. Participants will encounter pine forests, underwater grass beds, and native oyster reefs that surround the center as well as the nearby Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest tidal wetlands on the East Coast. On the final day, students will have the opportunity to interact with other student leaders from Chesapeake Bay Foundation programs and present a display at CBF's "50 Forward" Event to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 50th anniversary.
The GLLI is coordinated by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC) in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Pine Grove Furnace State Park, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Key funding partners include the Chris Thorpe Foundation, the Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation, the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Cumberland County Conservation District, and Appalachian Audubon. To learn more about this program and scholarship opportunities, visit www.goddardleadership.org . Applications are due on June 4th, 2017, and up to 20 students will be selected to participate in this weeklong program, July 10-15, 2017. The cost is $350 per student and there are a number of scholarships available. Please forward this opportunity along to the young conservationist in your life!

Upcoming Partner Events
  • April 29th Diakon Wilderness Greenhouse Native Plant Sale
    • Where: Diakon Wilderness Center, 571 Mountain Rd. Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • When: Saturday April 29, 2017 from 9 am - 4 pm
  • May 20th Master Gardener Plant Fest and Sale
    • Where: Allen Road Gardens, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013
    • When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8 am- 1 pm
    • For more Penn State Extension of Cumberland County Events click here.
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