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Place-based Education

We offer a variety of environmental resources and opportunities to help support Sullivan County schools, teachers, and organizations and individuals related to natural resources, conservation, and education.

Our goal is to connect adults and students to our local lands and help everyone develop an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us that will hopefully lead to a life of stewardship.

We work with many local partners to accomplish this goal.  Our work would not be possible without a generous grant from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Wellborn Ecology Fund.

Stay connected to Sullivan County programs and resources by signing up to receive our monthly Education and Outreach Newsletter.  

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School Programs

     Orchard Restoration          Science Night

     Parents Night                   Green Up Day

     Ecology Night                   Everything Watershed

Observation Skills Part 3: Into the Forest!


Do you want your students to learn in a natural space near your school or even just in your school yard?  We will work with you to meet your educational goals, teach or co-teach lessons in your community, and help you plan events related to natural resources or environmental education to showcase student learning.


Any of these programs can be taught in schools and after school settings as well on county or other public lands.  Below are a few examples of school events we have participated in or coordinated.

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Do you need someone to consult with and give you advice about what plants to grow where and which ones are best to attract wildlife?  We can help out. 


We can help you identify an outdoor learning space near your school and teach you how to use it to meet your curricular goals.  We can teach you how to use the old apple trees in the school yard to connect to scientists, help you create a nature trail to access the forest, or figure out property boundaries and talk to neighbors.  If we don't have the skills, we know who does!  


Are you part of a home school group?  All of the school programs and field trips are available to be taught to home school students.  There needs to be a minimum of 6 students, mixed ages are encouraged.  Students 7 and under need adult supervision. We have teach series too. Contact us if you would like us to lead a program for your home school cooperative. 


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We are happy to participate in and help coordinate community events such as parent nights, ecology nights, and natural resources or outdoor classroom conversations.  We have a stream table and soil tunnel that are perfect for these kinds of events.  

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Field Trips
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Unity 7th grade students at Marshall Pond

Bring learning to life for your students! With more than 2100 acres of undeveloped land that includes old farms, cemeteries, forest, fields, streams, and wetlands, Sullivan County provides opportunities for people to connect to the natural world and each other.

The Natural Resources department has created two sites for education on the county lands so far, one at Marshall Pond that connects to Unity Mountain Trail and the other at the County Complex called the Eco Ag Center, which includes a community garden, native pollinator garden, research high tunnels, nature trail, cemetery, pond and stream, and forest classroom. 


Enhance your field trip to Sullivan County lands through pre/post lessons taught by or co-taught with the Education and Outreach Specialist at your school.  We will work with you to tailor the experience to meet your goals. 


Lesson Series


The conservation district hosts field trips to county lands for local summer education programs, leads naturalist programs for families and works with community partners to conduct teacher workshops focused on outdoor learning.  Check the events calendar for more information.


Any of the programs that happen during the school day can be done after hours too.  They usually focus on only one activity and are more focused on exploration. 

School to Farm


Sullivan County 4th graders are invited to visit the County Farm and meet farmers, producers, and educators as the learn about agriculture and food systems through hands-on activities and demonstrations.   

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Sullivan County Natural Resources Dept, Farm Bureau, Conservation District, NH Ag in the Classroom and UNHCE are bringing this event to you for FREE! Register your class soon with NH Ag in the Classroom. Raindate is May 14, 2024.


Contact Us if you are in need of funds for transportation to and from this event.

Service Learning

Sullivan County welcomes educators and school groups to volunteer through service learning projects.  We want to create partnerships where everyone benefits from the experience.  We will also provide you with or create curriculum surrounding these projects so you can create a more holistic learning experience for your students.  These are just a few of the projects we have come up with, but if you have other ideas for service learning, we want to hear them!

Our Projects

Seed Packet Art Project
Invasive Plant Removal
Water Quality Testing
Create a Valley Quest
Biodiversity Inventory
Pollinator Garden Phenology Project
Mission Monarch

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These are great opportunities for high school students to get work experience and enhance their resumes.  All internships are based out of the Sullivan County Complex in Unity, NH at the Eco Ag Center.


Pollinator Garden Seed Saver Project    

Dates: Sept. - June, 2-4 hours/wk, timing flexible

Duties: Collecting, cleaning, overwintering native pollinator plant seeds, marketing the seed packet art program, creating information and care sheets; weighing and measuring seeds into packets, labeling packets; helping to sell packets.  

Trail & Boundary Line Maintenance             Dates: Sept - June, 2-4 hours/wk, timing flexible           

Duties:  Walking the trails & boundaries of Sullivan County Lands with the Natural Resources Director, marking boundaries, upkeep of trail for multiple uses including winter activities. Skills to be developed include orienteering, trail maintenance, and use of GIS mapping. 

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Seed Packet Art Project
Seed Packet Art Project

Help us put the culture back in agri-culture as we promote pollinators by submitting a design for the front of our Native Pollinator Seed Packets that will be given to area schools and sold at the SCCD 2024 Spring Plant Sale.


Open to: Sullivan County residents ages 5 to 18 years

Theme: Mimicry in the Garden

Mediums: We are looking for a diversity of mediums including but not limited to watercolor, oil, collage, quilting, carving, assemblage, stained glass, etching, seed mosaic, plant material collage, wood burning, etc.

​Submissions: Please submit 2 digital photos of your art work to Dawn Dextraze at  Please include artist name, grade, and school as well as artwork title. 

Submission Deadline is April 5, 2024.

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Works of art will be displayed on the front of the seed packets and the artist information will go on the back. A gallery of all submissions will be put on this website and possibly exhibited at a local venue during the summer. 

​Art on seed packets will measure 3 x 4" tall in final form.

Flies imitating bees. Moths imitating hummingbirds, leaves, wasps, and owls. Mantids imitating flowers.  Flowers imitating bees. Caterpillars imitating bird poop, snakes, and twigs. 

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Mimicry is a strategy that plants and animals use to hide, scare off predators, or lure in prey. Check out these examples of insect and flower mimicry. 

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Educator Workshops
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We partner with many Upper Valley organizations to bring Place-based Education professional development opportunities to Sullivan County Educators.  These include the Wellborn Place-based Ecology Education (PBEE) Institute and Parks for Every Classroom Teacher (PEC) Workshops as well as the Watershed Ecology Institute (WEI) and NH Envirothon Environmental Science Workshop in select years.


Exploration and Engagement.

Learning at it's best!

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Education is not preparation for life,

education is life itself.

-John Dewey

Check back for 2023-2024 School Year Opportunities

 Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative (UVTPC) 


The UVTPC is a network of Upper Valley educators working together to advance high-quality place-based ecology education.  They share the following vision statement: 


All Upper Valley students are deeply engaged in education that

fosters ecological understanding and connection to place.

We are a part of this Collaborative. We are in a revisioning phase. A website and newsletter are forthcoming. 

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 2023 UVTPC Conference

Learning Together!

Friday, October 13, 2023

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT


The annual conference is just around the corner! Come and join other Upper Valley educators and administrators to celebrate place-based and ecological education. In addition to sessions from local professional development providers, educators, and community partners, there will be many opportunities throughout the day to renew and connect with your colleagues as you spend time together learning and immersed in nature.


The theme this year is Learning Together: Advancing Place-Based Ecology Education through Collaborations and ConnectionMeet a powerful network of like-minded educators, be inspired, and leave rejuvenated as you return to implement new ideas in your classroom. Amazing food, a beautiful venue, and locally sourced giveaways make this an unforgettable day. Participants will receive a certificate of participation for 6 hours of professional development.    

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