Pittsburgh, Pa. – July 20, 2017 – High school students interested in biology, ecology and the outdoors are invited to join a four-day, hands-on science camp led by professional ecologists and biologists. Experiencing Your Environment through Conservation (EYE Con) will kick off its third year of summer camp August 8-11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at Raccoon Creek State Park in Hookstown, Pa.

Organized by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Parks, this year’s camp activities will focus on conservation in a changing climate. Students will learn about habitat conservation for Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, and protection of water quality for local trout streams, in addition to enjoying recreational activities like kayaking and hiking.

EYE Con is led by staff from the Natural Heritage Program of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, professional environmental educators from the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks and professional land managers from PA DCNR.

Funding for EYE Con at Raccoon Creek State Park is provided by the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Education Grants Program.

Registration is $35 per student. Transportation from Pittsburgh and Robinson Township may be provided, if needed. Parents can register their student online at eyeconcamp.wordpress.com or by contacting Adam Hnatkovich, WPC ecologist and coordinator of EYE Con, at 412-586-2419.


Editor’s Note: A past participant of EYE Con is available for interviews. Please contact us to coordinate an interview, if interested.

Photos of past camps are available courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 10 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 130 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of about 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.

Media Contact:

Kristen Blevins
Communications Specialist
412-586-2328 (office)