disaster’s Edge

 

what is the ‘edge’?

Did you know the Cambria County Conservation District runs the county’s only environmental education center, known as Disaster’s Edge? The Disaster’s Edge Environmental Education Center was built and dedicated in the early months of 1995, in St. Michael, Pennsylvania within the 1889 Park. Since opening, thousands of Cambria County students have passed through the center for various educational programs, leaving with  greater environmental knowledge. The District strives to offer environmental education to those of all ages, and is always working to increase the knowledge base through hands on learning at Disaster’s Edge.

Education programs hosted by the district are often held at Disaster’s Edge. Having the ability to teach students in a center like Disaster’s Edge, allows for a wider range of learning opportunities than would be possible in a typical classroom setting. Through the collaboration with county school districts, learning organizations, contributors, and the District, an entirely different learning experience can be experienced by students throughout the county.

Through the generous donations of the Ron Campbell family, several native Pennsylvanian species mounts are displayed in the learning center. Common animals mounts such as turkeys and ducks are present throughout the center. There are also some not-so-common animals, like the cinnamon phase black bear or mountain lion, mounted for students to see. Each one of these mounts allows students to get a closer look at some of the species that roam or once roamed the landscapes outside their window.

animals live there?!

From box turtles to blue tongue skinks, a variety of live animals call Disaster’s Edge home. Programs at the center frequently call for students to interact with the animals in order to learn more about their daily lives and the qualities that make them unique. The close up learning style featured at Disaster’s Edge is a favorite for students of all ages!

meet the animals of Disaster’s Edge:

 

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Painted Turtle-

The most widespread native turtle of North America.

Food:  Omnivores- Worms, insects, and aquatic plants

Size: Typically 6-8 inches in length

Habitat: Pond, water

NATIVE TO THE UNITED STATES

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box turtle-

They have a high domed upper part of their shell and a hinged lower part of the shell which allows for almost complete closure of the shell

Food: Omnivores- Fruits, insects

Size: Typically 5-7 inches in length

Habitat: Land

NATIVE TO THE UNITED STATES

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blue tongue skink-

 They use their blue tongues to scare off predators

Food: Omnivores- Insects, flowers, fruits

Size: Up to 2 feet long

Habitat: Desert, grassland

NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA, NEW GUINEA AND INDONESIA

 
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hissing cockroach-

They hiss when threatened by a predator

Food: Detritivores- decayed plants, smaller insect

Size: Typically 2-3 inches long

Habitat: Tropical climate

NATIVE TO MADIGASCAR

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California king snake-

They are non venomous, and mostly immune to venom of other snakes

Food: Carnivores- small animals or birds

Habitat: Marshes, grasslands, deserts, forests, coastal areas

NATIVE TO WESTERN UNITED STATES AND NORTHERN MEXICO

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hognose snake-

When threatened it spreads its jaw and neck out similar to a cobra

Food: Carnivore- small animals or birds

Habitat: Woodlands, fields, farmlands

NATIVE TO THE UNITED STATES


Interested in learning more? Have questions? Call us at 814-472-2120