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Homeschool Program: Wetland Ecology

December 14 @ 10:00 am

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Pennsylvania has more than 400,000 acres of wetlands. Wetlands function as natural sponges that trap and slowly release rain, snow melt and flood waters. Many animals and plants depend on wetlands for survival. More than one-third of the threatened and endangered species in North America live only in wetlands, and nearly one-half of them inhabit wetlands at some time in their lives.

Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany, Dr. Walter Meshaka, Jr. will discuss the importance of wetlands in Pennsylvania by viewing an urban wetland represented in Ecology Hall and the wetland habitat of the beaver pond on exhibit in Mammal Hall. Participants will get hands-on with a demonstration of how water runoff carries pollutants through a watershed, experiment with how wetlands filter pollutants and create a diorama of a wetland area in Pennsylvania.

Registration and pre-payment is required.

Each program starts at 10am and is expected to last 1 1/2 hours. Programs will be open for a limited number of participants.

Rates: $3 per person for members. $10 per person for non-members. At least one adult is required to register with each family. 

Deadline for registration is the day prior to each program. Want to speed up your reservation request? Fill out this form then email it to our  Reservations Desk or call 717.772.6997.

Register and pre-pay for all 6 programs by October 1st and get one program free for each registrant.

Not a member?  Sign up today at Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.

Program includes: 

  • Guided Tour/Presentation/Discussion from a Curator 
  • Hands-on activity based 
  • Self-guided gallery scavenger hunt/activity  
  • Access to hands-on education collection and to staff for Q & A 


December 14
10:00 am
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State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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(717) 787-4980