Penn State Intercom......November 29, 2001

Altoona students to teach local
and regional youth about
environmental issues

Political science students from Penn State Altoona have created an all-day event to teach local and regional youth aged 11-14 about land use and environmental issues facing Pennsylvania communities. The role-play will engage young adults in an action-oriented event where local land-development issues are discussed and participants can act out one of many roles in a mock-decision scenario. The role-play is especially suited to young people with an interest in development issues, agriculture and public service.

Enviro-Play 2001 will be an all-day, interactive role-play designed to allow younger teens to interact with their peers and local officials from government, environmental and other organizations.

"These children will gain valuable insights into both the positive and negative environmental, social and political aspects of land development in our communities," said Frank Higdon, senior lecturer in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Members of local 4-H clubs, Boy and Girl Scout troops and youth organizations are encouraged to take part in the event.

Enviro-Play 2001 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Call (814) 865-9218 for more information and pre-registration.