IRC Supports Seedlings for Schools with Compost Samples

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in IRC Blog

The IRC is supporting the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Seedling for Schools program by giving a free sample of compost for every seedling to all Blair County schools.  The IRC produces the leaf compost at the Buckhorn and Duncansville Recycling and Compost facilities.  Municipalities providing curbside yard waste collections and residents wishing to recycle their yard waste bring material to the two facilities to be composted.  The material is built into windrows and composted into an earthy, organic soil amendment.  The finished compost is screened and available for purchase in bulk, by the bag, or delivered.  This is the first year the IRC will be providing the samples in conjunction with the Seedlings for Schools program.  Schools that are interested in receiving the samples should contact Katrina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GAME COMMISSION PLANTS SEED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING
Beginning Monday, February 29th schools can order tree seedlings through the Seedlings for Schools program.

          The Pennsylvania Game Commission once again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment.
          
The “Seedlings for Schools” program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.
          
Orders placed as part of the “Seedlings for Schools” program are being accepted from Feb. 29 through March 25. To order, visit the agency’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, and click on the “Seedlings for Schools” icon.
          
There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by donations.
          
The program provides two levels of involvement based on the grade levels.  
          
“Seedlings for Your Class” is primarily for pre-K and elementary students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a classroom or one grade level with enough seedlings for each student to take a seedling home to plant. Seedling choices are white spruce and assorted flowering crabapple. A teachers’ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and can also be accessed through the website. 
          
“Seedlings to Develop Habitats” is primarily for middle- and high-school students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a variety of seedlings to students who might use them to improve habitat on school or community grounds or along streams, or to create tree nurseries or environmental areas. 
          
Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and will be shipped directly to schools by UPS in April, as soon as they are available.
          
Once seedlings arrive, it is important to keep them moist, said Annetta Ayers, superintendent of the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.
          
Seedlings should be handed out to students with their roots in plastic bags with moist shredded newspaper, or with the seedlings planted in juice or milk cartons for transplanting at home, Ayers said.
          More information about the program can be found on the Game Commission’s website, or by contacting  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
          
The “Seedlings for Schools” program is made possible through generous donations by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, Mealey’s Furniture, the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
          Individuals and groups wishing to donate to the program can send checks to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Fund, which maintains the account for donations. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the Game Commission’s “Seedlings for Schools” program. Donations can be mailed to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, State College, PA  16803.

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