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Seedlings For Schools Program


The order period for the 2018 Seedlings for Schools Program began February 1, 2018. The order period is now over because of seedling supplies and popular demand for this program. We thank all the schools that ordered seedlings this year and look forward to serving Pennsylvania’s schools again next year.

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: The 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, silky dogwood, grey-stemmed dogwood, American sweet crabapple or American highbush cranberry. Eastern hemlock is not recommended for areas south of Route 80 that are severely impacted by the hemlock wooly adelgid. 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. Cyberschools and homeschools, please order through a home school group, association or through your local school district.


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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.