Natural Biodiversity is proud of the comprehensive, award-winning environmental education programs and supplements it has created over the years. Environmental education supplements align with PA State Academic Standards to assist formal and non-formal educators with teaching engaging, fun, hands-on curricula. All of our education materials are free and can be accessed, along with other materials, by exploring our Kids' Patch page, clicking BioBullies on our resources page, or by visiting PennBiodiversity at www.pennbiodiversity.org.
Natural Biodiversity believes in engage citizens and assisting partner organizations by providing resources such as:
- Invasive species and native plant workshops
- Publishing our e-newsletter, the Leaflet
- Presentations, programming and volunteer events
- Laurel Highlands chapter of Green Drinks
Invasive Species Control
Invasive species pose a large threat to our local and global environment. Part of our work is dedicated to invasive plant species control best management practices. We primarily work with controlling invasive plants along streams and trails, particularly Japanese knotweed. Check out our 30 BioBullies PA invasive plant fact sheets on our resources page.
Natural Biodiversity strives to promote, use and preserve native plants in the work that we do. We do our best to use native plants purchased from regional propagators and nurseries to ensure future generations of the Allegheny Mountains region can enjoy our amazing native plant species.
Ecological Landscape Design
Natural Biodiversity's ecological landscape design approach goes beyond beauty to create landscapes that are also functional and beneficial to the environment. Services focus on permaculture or nature-inspired techniques, use of native plants for wildlife habitat and other benefits, and land and water conservation. Our Executive Director holds a master's degree in landscape architecture and has designed:
- Outdoor classrooms
- Rain gardens
- Pocket parks and courtyards
- Habitat improvement areas
- Native plant gardens