Students in the Franklin County Career and Technology Center’s Architecture and Construction Industry program last week completed the conversion of Tayamensahata’s Spring House into an environmental research lab.
The project was funded by a $12,368 grant awarded earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Conservation to the Center for Environmental Education in the Greencastle Antrim School District.
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“The work done by the FCCTC students included a complete roof replacement, an upgrade to electrical service, and a custom-built workbench,” said an architectural construction instructor whose students replaced the roof of a pavilion in Tayamentasachta in May. said Eric Wagaman of
“We repurposed timber from last year’s pavilion roof project and used it to rebuild the Spring House roof, which provides an old-fashioned tongue-and-groove ceiling,” says Wagaman.
The Springhouse renovation will open the door to more onsite educational opportunities in a building complete with science lab tables, microscopes, field guides and binoculars, said Kelly Barnes, director of the Center for the Environment. said a DEP representative during a visit to the site in April. Offer a grant. Barnes will provide lesson plans and K-12 classroom teachers can sign up to take students to the lab.
Improving and protecting Pennsylvania’s water, land and air is the purpose of DEP grants, said Rod Nesmith, Mid-South Regional Director. Five percent of fines collected by the DEP, he said, for pollution and other violations, are allocated to education grants established under the Environmental Education Act of 1993. Over the years, grants totaling $12.3 million have been awarded statewide.
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Waggaman was Crew Leader for the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps in the early 2000s when Springhouse was built. Built from limestone pulled from barns on Upton’s Mountain View settlement, it replaced the on-site spring house that was demolished in the 1960s.