Articles

21 Results

List Grid

Manure Management Project Book for Youth
Manure Management for Youth Projects - Articles Articles
Manure impacts water quality. In PA, everyone who produces manure needs a plan. That includes 4-H youth. More
Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. More
Photo Credit: “Road Closed Road Flooded” by David Marsh on Flickr.com - CC BY 2.0
Why Does My Community Flood More Than it Used to? - Articles Articles
Floods are a nuisance. Whether in the streets, parking lots, or your own front yard – they are no fun. Have you ever wondered why your community floods more now than it used to? More
Stormwater Basics
Stormwater Basics - Articles Articles

Stormwater Basics

Jennifer R Fetter

Ready-to-Use Educational Toolkit for Stormwater Management More
Tansparency Tube
FISH: Understanding Your Transparency Tube Measurements - Articles Articles
Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. Transparency tubes are popular for use in stream monitoring programs. More
Bullfrog. Photo: Lesa Willis
FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology - Articles Articles

FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. In central Pennsylvania there are three distinct periods in which potential species can be expected to begin breeding. More
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Academic Standards
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Academic Standards - Articles Articles

Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Academic Standards

Kristen Kyler, Jennifer R Fetter

The following is a list of current Pennsylvania Academic Standards addressed within the Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow curriculum. More
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Curriculum
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Curriculum - Articles Articles

Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Curriculum

Kristen Kyler, Jennifer R Fetter

Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow is a hands-on stormwater education curriculum available from Penn State Extension and Pennsylvania 4-H. More
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Adaptation
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Adaptation - Articles Articles

Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Adaptation

Kristen Kyler, Jennifer R Fetter

Tips for using the Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow Curriculum at fairs and community events when time is limited. More
Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees - Articles Articles

Christmas Trees

Rick Bates, Ph.D.

Christmas trees may be grown in many areas of Pennsylvania however; you will need to absorb the input costs before seeing a return on your investment. More
Triploid grass carp are one potential management strategy for aquatic plants in your pond
Using Grass Carp to Control Aquatic Plants - Articles Articles

Using Grass Carp to Control Aquatic Plants

Bryan Swistock, Jennifer R Fetter, Amy Galford, James Andrew Clark

This information explains how to use grass carp for biological aquatic vegetation control. More
Watershed Welcome Sign
Introduction to Watersheds - Articles Articles

Introduction to Watersheds

Jennifer R Fetter

Have you ever passed a sign welcoming you to a watershed and wondered what it means? Here are some basic facts about watersheds to help you out. More
After restoring your stream side property, how can you measure the success of your efforts?
First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) Protocol - Articles Articles

First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) Protocol

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

Do you enjoy outdoor activities? Become a citizen scientist. First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) monitors changes to local streams and their habitats. More
A group of youth learn about the importance of water clarity at a Penn State Extension program.
Youth Water Education - Articles Articles

Youth Water Education

Jennifer R Fetter

A variety of resources and opportunities are available from Penn State Extension to help you provide youth with water education experiences. More
Exposed and eroding stream banks can be restored and stabilized through the practice of live staking.
Live Staking for Stream Restoration - Articles Articles

Live Staking for Stream Restoration

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

A brief introduction and instructional guide to using live staking as an inexpensive and simple technique to restoring eroding stream banks. More
Glass of water
The Water We Drink - Articles Articles

The Water We Drink

Jennifer R Fetter, James Andrew Clark

Written for youth in grades 6-12, this tool introduces public and private water systems and includes an activity on how to read a water quality test report. More
Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture
Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture - Articles Articles

Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Rick Bates, Ph.D.

Generally, the ericaceous plants are woody and range in size from low ground covers to small trees over 20 feet tall. More
Watershed Resources for Teachers and Students
Watershed Resources for Teachers and Students - Articles Articles
Curricula ideas for the classroom and the field. More
Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options
Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options - Articles Articles

Ornamentals and Deer: Realities and Landscape Plant Options

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Rick Bates, Ph.D., Gary San Julian, Ph.D.

There is much frustration toward the prevalence of deer and the damage they cause. More
Caring for Your Cut Christmas Tree
Caring for Your Cut Christmas Tree - Articles Articles
The key to maintaining your live Christmas tree throughout the holiday season is to give it the proper care from the time it is purchased until the tree is removed from your home. More
Rhododendrons and azaleas
Evergreen Shrubs and Trees for Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Evergreen Shrubs and Trees for Pennsylvania

Rick Bates, Ph.D., J. Robert Nuss

This article explains hardiness and site requirements, landscape use, and characteristics of selected evergreen plants. More