Special Events

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!


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