Professional Development

PA LAND CHOICES was developed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in partnership with the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association for the purpose of teaching citizens about their role in decisions that affect the character of their community.


Professional Development Workshops and Citizen Academies

To learn how to effectively put the PA Land Choices curriculum into practice, educators and community leaders are encouraged to attend a training workshop. The training is intended to provide participants with the basic knowledge of the course objectives and resources as well as an opportunity to network and gain confidence in using the materials.

Many State Park educators are certified facilitators for PA Land Choices and can provide regional training opportunities. Contact your local state park to inquire about scheduling a workshop for your group or contact the PA Land Choices Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks at 717-783-4356. If you are interested in becoming a certified facilitator for PA Land Choices, contact the PA Land Choices Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks at 717-783-4356.

We request that anyone conducting workshops or utilizing the materials provide feedback to the PA Land Choices coordinator to assess the materials and solicit recommendations for improvement.

Partnership for P.L.A.C.E. (Pennsylvania Land and Community Education)

To advance citizen land education, planning and conservation, an education committee was developed called the Partnership for P.L.A.C.E. The partnership consists of representation from citizen groups, planners, municipal officials, land trusts, educators and government. The role of the partnership is for networking and advancing land education for citizens in Pennsylvania.

Workshops may be marketed by using the title P.L.A.C.E. which is the acronym for "Pennsylvania Land and Community Education." P.L.A.C.E. is the umbrella that encompasses additional materials and resources.Workshops are conducted in partnership with local planners and municipal officials.

PLACE workshops may include the following resources:

  • Pennsylvania Land Choices
  • Save Our Land, Save Our Towns, book and video by Thomas Hylton. Select copies have been donated for participants in education workshops.
  • Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live, by Project Learning Tree through PA Department of Education Curriculum Advisor for Environment and Ecology.
  • Project Citizen, Center for Civic Education, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Community of Choices, CD Narrated by Edward T. McMahon, The Dunn Foundation, The Conservation Fund
  • In Their Own Words: Fifteen Stories of Conservation and Inspiration, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association,
  • Maps from PA Geologic Survey
  • Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania, Edward T. McMahon and Shelley S. Mastran
  • DCED Governor's Center for Local Government Services reports and resources

For more information, please contact:

PA Land Choices Coordinator
DCNR, Bureau of State Parks
(717) 783-4356


Additional Resources

An ever-expanding list of Supplemental Materials and Resources is Available Here >>