School Programs


We offer interdisciplinary environmental education for students in grades Pre K through 7. Programs are designed to supplement school curricula by providing hands-on environmental study using plant and animal artifacts, demonstrations, and games. All programs respond to many of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment & Ecology and Science & Technology, which are measured in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs).

Click the image above to view our Environmental Education Programs for Schools and Groups for the 2017-18 school year.

Please contact us to learn more about our Middle School and High School Watershed Science programs.

Program Locations

Outreach Programs involve outdoor study in your schoolyard, or hands-on programs in your classroom. These lessons can also be used to introduce and prepare students for follow-up programs at GVWA. Please inquire about program options based on your schoolyard design.

On-site Programs are held at our headquarters at Welkinweir, located at 1368 Prizer Road in East Nantmeal Township. Welkinweir offers 197-acres of forests, meadows, ponds, and streams for students to study and explore. These lessons can also be used to introduce and prepare students for follow-up programs at your school.

Program Topics, Fees and Scheduling

Please download the brochure below for program topics, fees and scheduling:

Environmental Education Programs for Schools and Groups

Other Program Topics and Customized Programs Available. With advanced notice, we can develop programs on plants, insects, wetlands, and other topics; as well as modify some of the listed programs to fit the needs of your group. Please contact us to inquire how we may accommodate you.


After School Environmental Clubs

During the school year we present After School Environmental Clubs at elementary and middle schools, in partnership with Owen J. Roberts, Phoenixville, and Pottstown School Districts. Please contact us for more information on these existing and new after school programs.

Nature Explorers Clubs are for second grade students who are interested in learning more about nature in their neighborhood. Club involves fun & educational activities, projects, and outdoor exploration.

Environmental Awareness Clubs are currently held at Owen J. Roberts and Phoenixville Area Middle Schools, and are open to sixth and seventh grade students interested in learning more about natural resources, careers in conservation, and promoting environmental awareness within their schools. The Club program focuses on land and water resource stewardship & ecology; through field trips, students explore local waterways to investigate wildlife and conduct water quality tests. Club members also visit a water treatment facility, hike state game lands, and participate in community service projects.

Students in all After School Environmental Clubs are chosen through an application process. Club members then meet after school in either the spring or fall. The Clubs are funded through a growing list of generous foundations and partners.