August 2014 NewsFlash

Two Exciting Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford

Two workshops for educators in the tri-state region are being offered free of charge at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA through the combined efforts of The Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the US Forest Service.

Grey Towers 101, on August 11, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM (a morning session is full – afternoon session just added), will introduce teachers to the unique educational opportunities at this national treasure right in their backyards! Participants will tour the mansion and gardens; explore contributions of the Pinchot family in social justice, civil rights and the American Conservation Movement; discover learning tools and resources available to educators; take a hike on one of the site’s interpreted trails; and learn about student community service opportunities. A variety of disciplines, including science, environment, history, art, literature, language arts, civics and more can be addressed through Grey Towers programs. This session is open to all grade levels and subjects.

Exploring Your Ecosystem, on August 12, 2014 from 8am to 3:30 pm (lunch provided), will utilize Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests supplemented with content relevant to the Upper Delaware River watershed provided by local natural resource experts. Outdoor activities will be included at the adjacent Milford Experimental Forest. Project Learning Tree is an award winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators with a goal of teaching students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues. Recognized as a leader in environmental education for more than 35 years, PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. PLT materials are multi-disciplinary and aligned with state and national education standards. The target audience for this session is teachers of grades 6-12 and subject areas of biology, environmental science, geography, mathematics, government, and social studies. The program will be held rain or shine, so participants should dress appropriately for the outdoor activities. An optional free tour of the mansion is offered to participants immediately following the workshop.
Teachers are encouraged, but not required, to attend both workshops. Online registration for Grey Towers 101 is available at and for Exploring Your Ecosystem at For more information contact

The US Forest Service and Grey Towers National Historic Site have a wonderful story to tell: that of the Pinchot family, and in particular of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first Chief of the US Forest Service and two-time Pennsylvania governor. Often named as the Father of American Conservation, Pinchot brought to light issues becoming a serious threat to the country’s natural resources, and left a legacy of thoughtfulness and perseverance in his values. The Grey Towers setting, coupled with the Pinchot family’s social, political and conservation legacy that still resonates today, provides a magnificent venue for educational programs.

The Pinchot Institute for Conservation works to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. Through nonpartisan research, education, and technical assistance on key issues influencing the future of conservation and sustainable natural resource management, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation continues Gifford Pinchot’s legacy of practical conservation for the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run.

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