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Seedlings For Schools Program


The order period for the 2019 Seedlings for Schools Program closed March 29, 2019. Check this page again in January 2020 for information on next year’s program.

Seedlings for Schools is a partnership program of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation. Since the Seedlings for Schools initiative began in 2008, 1.3 million seedlings were dispersed statewide to all counties of the Commonwealth. Seedlings are grown and shipped from the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. The Seedlings for Schools program allows students to experience their role as caretaker of their environment while having fun in the outdoor classroom.  The program is available to all Pennsylvania schools with children enrolled from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Seedlings for Your Class: Wildlife for Everyone logoThe Pennsylvania Game Commission provides enough seedlings for each student to take a seedling home to plant. This year’s seedling choices are white spruce, eastern hemlock or silky dogwood. If more than one classroom in a school is interested that is great! Please combine all orders from each school building to save on our shipping costs.

Pollinator Garden for Your School: New this year, the Pollinator Garden package contains a mix of 25 shrub and tree seedlings that are highly desired by our native bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Pollinator Partnership logoWe suggest you pre-designate minimally a 20 ft. by 20 ft. pollinator garden space on your school grounds to accommodate 25 seedlings planted at 5’x5’ spacing. Supplies are limited, only one Pollinator Garden package is available to each school building that wishes to participate.

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Questions? Please contact Howard Nursery 814-355-4434, M-F 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Ordering Information

Seedling Arrival: Depending on weather conditions and numbers of orders, bare-root seedlings will be shipped in April. Once seedlings arrive, keep them moist. Hand out seedlings with roots in half gallon baggies with moist shredded newspaper or plant in juice/milk cartons to transport home. Planting Directions and a Safety Notice are found in the teacher’s guide. We cannot guarantee shipment on a specific date. Species substitutions may occur if supply runs low.