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Posted by   on: March 16th, 2012


Date : March 29, 2012

Time : From 9:30 am until 12:00 pm.

Location : Meadowood Retirement Community, 3205 Skippack Pike, Worcester PA, 19490

A half day session to review the Conservation Planting Trailer – Sponsored by the Southeastern PA. Resource Conservation and Development Council.   Conservation District Watershed Specialist are invited to learn how the trailer is set up, and take any questions.  There will be discussion on future equipment purchases based on Watershed Specialist input. Ed Magargee will review trailer locks, hook up, operating procedures, and checklists, 

Posted by   on: August 1st, 2011

Thursday November 17, 2011 – Thursday November 17, 2011

11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Lehigh County Agricultural Center

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation & Development Council is sponsoring a Grants: Researching grants and preparing a quality proposal Workshop for regional watershed volunteers, staff and board members.

The  cost to attend is $25. Lunch is included.  Come early to network and enjoy light refreshments.

This step by step, user friendly guide will walk novice grant seekers through the proposal planning, research, writing and submission process. Discussion will include how to define funding needs, what types of grants exist and how they differ, how to conduct funding research, steps in writing a proposal, and how to approach different funders. Emphasis will be on determining which grant opportunities best match your organization’s programs so that you can focus your
energy on preparing clear and persuasive proposals that are most likely to succeed.

Allison Trimarco  of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University School of Business will be presenting the workshop.
Allison Trimarco is the founder of creative Capacity, LLC which works with nonprofits of all types to increase their management capacity.  Her practice focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, communications, and non-profit development projects.
Allison is an affiliated consultant and trainer with the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University, where she has handles fundraising and strategic planning projects  for arts, education, and social service organizations. Allison earned a Master’s degree in Arts Management with highest distinction and Carnegie Mellon University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater cum laude at Smith College.
Posted by   on: March 25th, 2011

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council’s GeoTrail will consist of a series of geocache sites in the Southeastern Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia.   These unique geocache sites will provide local residents as well as tourists the opportunity to visit, enjoy, and learn about natural, cultural, historical, and other locally significant places in the region. The SEPA RC&D GeoTrail is an activity that can be enjoyed for an afternoon, a weekend, or through a series of day trips. This project will expose people to some of the region’s lesser known tourist attractions, but equally interesting and unique sites. This project is expected to generate an additional $800,000 for the region’s economy over a three year period.

There are currently over 900,000 active geocache sites located in over 200 countries around the world. A similar project in Northwestern Pennsylvania, The Allegheny GeoTrail, has logged over 48,000 individual visits to geocache sites in less than two years and will generate an estimated $400,000 for the local economy.  Avid geocachers plan their vacations around geocaching. Over 5,000 geocachers from 32 countries participated in the 2009 GeoWoodstock in Tennessee. More information about geocaching can be found at or by searching the internet

A passport-like booklet will contain tourism information for each county and a page to record the validation stamps of their geocache site visits in each county. The passports can be obtained by visiting or contacting the SEPA RC&D office, county tourism offices, parks, and other local locations. A downloadable version of the passport will also be available on the project website.

The geocache sites will be selected and monitored by local geocache volunteers. They will be located in free, public locations. There will be a mixture of difficulty levels, including some that will be handicap accessible. At each site a SEPA RC&D GeoTrail identified waterproof container will contain a log book for geocachers to record their visit and comments, a unique SEPA RC&D GeoTrail self-inking stamp, and a small exchangeable trinket in keeping with geocache tradition. There will be approximately 15 geocache sites in each county.

Upon visiting at least 10 sites in a county, the geocachers will be eligible to receive a specially minted souvenir coin. The coin will feature a unique county design on one side and the SEPA RC&D GeoTrail logo on the other side. The coins will be individually numbered and trackable on the website. Besides a different design, each county’s coin will also be made of a different colored metal.  The county coins will be approximately the size of a silver dollar. To receive a coin, the geocachers can visit one of six planned geocache events.

After visiting geocache sites in all eight counties and obtaining the eight county coins, a geocacher will be eligible to receive the SEPA RC&D GeoTrail coin.

Posted by   on: March 25th, 2011

Entrepreneurship for High School Students

The SEPA RC&D sponsored Entrepreneurship and Small Business Workshops for students at 4 Lehigh County high schools. These workshops reached over 200 students. Representatives from SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives) and Ben Franklin Technology Partners presented the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship. Topics discussed included: entrepreneurial characteristics, evaluating your idea, market research, creating a Master Operating Manual (containing all plans, procedures, reports, financial info, etc.), and record keeping.

Young entrepreneurs from Lehigh valley Grand Prix, EchoTech Marine, and Wealth Keys Financial gave engaging talks on various aspects of their entrepreneurial experience. This was followed up by a question and answer session and a discussion of free and low cost resources available.

The project’s goals were to:

  • Make students aware of entrepreneurship and discuss alternatives to the typical high school summer jobs.
  • Increase students’ knowledge of small business and entrepreneurship
  • Motivate students with peer examples.
  • Promote usage of further resources available at SCORE, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and on the web.