Penn State Scranton offers environmental science course for schoolchildren


Thanks to a generous donation from the Keystone Sanitary Landfill and the DeNaples family, the Penn State Scranton Business Development and Community Outreach Center (CBDCO) will coordinate a class for high school students as part of a program focused on campus environmental studies, in addition to offering a summer camp program for young children.

The DeNaples Family Environmental Program Fund at Penn State Scranton was established with a multi-year donation that will provide $ 100,000 per year for the next 40 years, enabling campus educators to provide hands-on, experiential learning that encourages creativity and critical mind. reflection among participating students, while strengthening their connection with local and global environments.

“The course will explore the root causes of today’s environmental crises and examine the scientific, technological, sociological, psychological and personal responses to what is considered a very important dilemma facing the world today”, said John Drake, director of CBDCO. “It will also engage students in recognizing how questions can be powerful catalysts for learning, how to see multiple perspectives in a situation, and what personal reflection can mean for personal and overall transformation. ”

Starting in the spring semester of 2022, CBDCO will be offering this first credit course in environmental science to high school and high school students in regional school districts. In addition to the in-person sessions starting in January, it will feature an online component and potential field trips. The course will be taught by instructors from the Penn State Scranton Science Degree Program.

High school juniors and seniors who take the course will earn three university credits which can then be applied as an elective or general education course, depending on the degree program and college they choose in the future. . As the program grows, more school districts will be added.

Full scholarships are provided by the program fund, which was established by the DeNaples family and the Keystone sanitary landfill.

“This gift comes at a critical time in our planet’s history, with so many environmental changes taking place around the world that will require research, analysis, study and creative problem-solving,” said Chancellor of Penn State Scranton, Marwan Wafa. “Penn State Scranton is proud to be able to offer a program like this that will encourage our youth to get involved in these issues and to positively contribute and improve our regional, national and global environment. We are very grateful to the DeNaples family for making this kind of educational commitment to our campus, the youth and the future of our region.

To learn more about environmental programming and what it involves, contact CBDCO at [email protected], or by calling: 570-963-2600.

This donation will advance “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” a targeted campaign that aims to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” seeks to meet the three key imperatives of a 21st century public university: keeping the doors of higher education open to hard-working students, their financial well-being; create transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impact the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about “A Great State of Pennsylvania for 21st Century Excellence,” visit


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