Special Events


Mercer County Conservation District 2021 Seedling Sale

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It’s that time of year again; time to start thinking about the upcoming year and planting season. Now is the time to think of innovative landscaping ideas for your home and surrounding property. The benefits from a yard properly landscaped are vast. Did you know that if you properly landscape your yard, you increase the property value by 10 percent?! By planting trees that increase shade such as various hardwoods and conifers, it lowers the temperature of the surrounding area. This can eventually lead a lower electric bill because the air conditioner is not running 24/7 during the summer months. Trees, especially conifers, can actually lower the cost of heating in the winter. If you plant these trees close to or adjacent to your house, it acts as a windbreak. By acting as a windbreak, cutting winds are not able to creep into your home, causing you to turn up your heat to combat the cold. Not only does landscaping help economically, it’s also very important for surrounding wildlife. You can plant native species that are flower or seed producing to attract wildlife and provide food for those organisms. Not to mention that many of those plants that produce nuts and fruit are also enjoyed by people too.

Our 2021 seedling sale has a great line up of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Conifers we are offering this year are: White Pine, Norway and Black Spruces, as well as Bald Cypress. Deciduous bundles this year include: Eastern Redbud, PawPaw, Black Elderberry, Highbush Cranberry Viburnum, Common Persimmon, American Hazelnut, Black Maple, River Birch, and White Oak. Our flower plugs being offered this year are: Scarlet BeeBalm. We also have a limited supply of Ernst Butterfly and Hummingbird Seed Mixes and cedar squirrel feeders available.

We want to take the time to thank the woodshop at Lakeview High School for graciously constructing all of our cedar squirrel feeders; they have been such a pivotal partner throughout the years helping to design and build our different structures available on our seedling sale since 2012.

The deadline for orders and pre-payment is Friday, March 19, 2021. For a complete listing of plants and descriptions, please click the link.

Make checks payable to: Mercer County Conservation District, 24 Avalon Court, Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16137.

The drive-through seedling sale pick-up will be on Wednesday, April 12th 8:30 AM to 5 PM. More details to come as the date gets closer.

Thank you for your support!


Mercer County Conservation District’s Photo Contest

photo contest

The Mercer County Conservation District invites you to showcase what you feel are Mercer County’s finest natural resources through photography. We are currently accepting photos for the 2020/2021 photo contest until November 1, 2021. All photos must be taken in Mercer County between the dates of October 2020 and October 2021. Additional rules and details enclosed in official entry packet.

Money raised through this effort will support the Ross Paulenich Memorial Conservation Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Mercer County high school senior who plans on majoring in Environmental Science, Agriculture, Biology, Engineering, or Conservation Studies.

To access the official contest rules and entry forms, click this link. >>


Earth Day Celebration

MCCD hosts an Earth Day Celebration each year at Munnell Run Farm. This celebration includes an introduction to Earth Day and small service oriented projects such as tree seedling planting or Munnell Run Farm cleanup. Lunch for each participant is provided. THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS PROGRAM!


Munnell Run Farm Day

MCCD hosts a Farm Day at Munnell Run Farm each year. Farm Day includes Traditional Artisans, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Farmers’ Market, Children’s Activities, Wagon Rides, and Chinese Auction. Food distributors include Youth Conservation Camp, Shenango River Watchers, Mercer Historical Society & Avalon Springs Auxiliary. For more informtion Please Visit Munnell Run Farm


Envirothon

The Envirothon is a fun, environmental learning competition for teams of up to 5 students in grades 9 through 12. Students answer questions at five stations to test their knowledge of wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatic environments, and current environmental issues. Our local competition is held jointly with the Crawford County Conservation District in May of each year at Pymatuning State Park, and the winning team goes on to the state competition. The state winner proceeds to the national event. Students study after school, with a teacher acting as the team advisor. A materials list and study materials are provided. A school may have more than one team entered into the competition. Interested teachers or students may learn more about the Envirothon by visiting www.envirothonpa.org


Pymatuning-Shenango Watershed Challenge

The Pymatuning/Shenango Watershed Challenge is an environmental education competition held annually at Munnell Run Farm for students in grades 6-8. The idea is simple the event combines the concepts of hands-on education with the exhilaration of a good competition and the fun of spending a day in the great outdoors. Students, scout groups, 4-H clubs, and home school groups located within the Shenango River Watershed (Mercer, Crawford and Lawrence Counties in PA and Ashtabula and Trumbull County in OH) are eligible to enter up to two teams of 3 to 5 students. Participants are tested on their knowledge of natural resources in the following categories: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Watersheds and Wildlife. Contest rules, reference materials, registration forms, and prizes will be provided by the Penn Ohio Watershed Association and its partners. For more information, contact Amy Reeher at 330-637-2056, ext. 111 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call MCCD at 724-662-2242.

Mercer County
Conservation District

24 Avalon Court, Suite 300
Mercer, PA 16137
Phone: 1-724-662-2242
Fax: 724-662-3905

Member, Pennsylvania Association
of Conservation Districts, Inc