Pennsylvania WoodMobile Coordinator Paul Smith gives a presentation at the Warren County Fairgrounds on May 14, 2024. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

Third Graders Get Hands-On Experience at Annual WoodMobile Event

May 15, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Pa. – More than 300 Warren and Forest County third graders got a glimpse into the career opportunities available in Pennsylvania’s outdoors during the annual WoodMobile visit to the Warren County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Students came from five Warren County schools, Warren Area Elementary Center, Eisenhower Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, Youngsville Elementary, St. Joes, and Tidioute Charter, along with West Forest.

Warren Area Elementary Center student Helena Gardner completes a project during the annual WoodMobile event on May 14, 2024. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

The Warren Forest Higher Education Council coordinates the annual event.

“The big thing about it is to introduce the kids to careers in Pennsylvania outdoors, which starts with the WoodMobile and all the wood industry and the different jobs that are available in Warren County,” said Joan Stitzinger, Executive Director at Warren Forest Higher Education Council. “And then just goes to the different presenters that we have that talk about things that are in Warren. We’re a rural county, you know, beautiful resources around here, and lots of opportunities for the kids if they’re looking for those types of careers.”

The Forest Service’s Alisen Downs asks students to guess how old a tree is. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

In addition to the WoodMobile, this year’s presenters included Drake Oil Museum, Allegheny National Forest, Game State Warden, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group.

In addition, Pennsylvania General Energy has provided books and educational materials for all the children and teachers, while Cochran & Zandi Lumber Company sponsored the lunches for the event.

“The kids always have a fun time at the event down here and the teachers do too,” Stitzinger said. “They look forward to it every year because there aren’t a lot of these types of activities for the elementary kids to participate in.”

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