Virtual Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum (PA LEEF) February 21, 2023 3:00 – 5:30 PM Eastern


(ERIE, PA) – Education and volunteerism will be the focus for the next Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum (PALEEF), hosted virtually on February 21, 2023, at 3:00PM Eastern. Participation is free but registration is required. The forums are hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

Invited speakers from Pennsylvania Sea Grant, the School District of Philadelphia, the Intermediate Unit, and the Regional Science Consortium will come together to discuss science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in Pennsylvania. Participants will hear from experienced and creative teachers who have successfully enhanced environmental literacy at their school. Discussions will cover innovative and successful education programs and dive into environmental literacy. Following the education experts, Penn State Extension professionals will speak about existing fundamental volunteer programs occurring throughout Pennsylvania. Passionate Pennsylvanians will hear about programs that can ignite their passion for clean land and water, including the Master Watershed Steward program, Master Gardener program, 4-H, First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH), the Master Well Owner Network (MWON), and Greening the Lower Susquehanna (GLS): Volunteer Corp.

The format of this Forum will be different from previous PA LEEF meetings, in that all formal and informal educators, volunteers, and anyone passionate about the topics of STEM and volunteerism are encouraged to join us as we explore educational and environmental opportunities for youth and adults across the state. Participation is free, but registration is required. Contact Amber Stilwell, Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s Lake Erie Coastal Outreach Specialist, for additional details or with questions. The Forum agenda and links to previously recorded sessions are available online. Pennsylvania Sea Grant is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Penn State University, and through federal, state, and local funding.


3:00 – 3:05
Welcome to the Forum
Tim Bruno, Great Lakes, PA DEP
Amber Stilwell, Pennsylvania Sea Grant & Penn State Extension

3:05 – 3:20
Great Lakes Updates
Tim Bruno, Great Lakes, PA DEP

3:20 – 3:25
What's new with Pennsylvania Sea Grant - Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development
Michelle Niedermeier, Education Lead, Pennsylvania Sea Grant

3:25 – 3:45
Environmental Literacy Initiatives in Northwest PA
Rebecca Schaufelle, Education Facilitator, Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit

3:45 – 4:05
Education with the Regional Science Consortium
Jeanette Schnars, PhD, Executive Director, Regional Science Consortium

4:05 – 4:10

4:10 – 4:25
CGLL in the Classroom: Creating Accessible Enrichment
Mike Demeno, Computer Science & STEM Teacher, School District of Philadelphia
Hilary Henwood, SPED Teacher, School District of Philadelphia

4:25 – 4:50
Extending Community Learning through Volunteer Engagement
Natalie Marioni, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension

4:50 – 5:25
Volunteering with Penn State Extension
Erin Frederick, Statewide Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, Penn State Extension
Andy Faust, Master Gardener Area Coordinator, Penn State Extension
Tara Mondock, Associate Director Client Relations, Penn State Extension

5:25 – 5:30

Main Office: Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3 Erie, PA 16505 814-217-9011