This spring the Master Gardeners of the York Penn State Extension office will provide three unique programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts based on the MAEscapes principles and the Pennsylvania state environmental standards.

These programs may be used to earn a badge or patch. Location: 112 Pleasant Acres Road, York. Cost: Free, pre-registration required.

-- Let's Get Wet, 4:15-6:15 p.m. Feb. 4. Ages 8-10. This program is based on the hydrologic cycle. Students will become part of the cycle as water molecules. They will witness how much fresh water is available and the effects that human activity plays on the health of that cycle in the water shed. The MAEscapes principles will be presented as one solution to protect our natural resource. Deadline to register is Monday.

-- Pesty Day, 4:15-6:15 p.m. April 8. Ages 9-11 The MAEscapes principles will be highlighted as they interrelate to the world of insects. The lessons will help define an insect through hands-on observations. Participants will experience classification and witness the many roles that insects fulfill. Deadline to register is March 20.

-- Environments and Ecosystems, 4:15-6:15 p.m. May 20. Ages 10-13. The MAEscapes principles will be related directly to healthy and vibrant environments and ecosystems. Students will experience the flow of energy from plants to animals, visit demonstration gardens and recognize the importance of native plants in a complete and healthy habitat. Deadline to register is May 8.


All questions are welcome by calling Joy at (717) 501-0011. To register, call the Penn State Extension office at (717) 840-7408 and ask for Kelly.