Coaches – Please make sure you have your own copy of the 2018 Coaches Manual (click below) for this grade level and refer to it often. Please note dates and other differences for your specific grade level event: Middle School or 5th & 6th Grades. Your School Registration Form is due Friday, December 8, 2017 (click below). Scroll down for all your 2018 Study Resources. Use your Cover Resource Sheet for each topic as reference.

2018 Coaches Manual 5th – 8th Grades  School Registration Form 5th – 8th Grades

2018 AQUATICS Cover Resource Sheet 5th – 8th Grades

PA F&BC Amphibians and Reptiles Book

What are Wetlands

Wading into Wetlands

Pennsylvania’s Adopt-a-Wetland Program Wetland Education – Middle School only

Facts and Falsehoods

Wetland Plants are Awesome

Carnivorous Plants – Plants That Eat Meat

Stormwater Runoff

“Herp” Sweet Home – Middle School only

PLAY The Road to Extinction

PA’s Threatened and Endangered Fishes

PLAY Pennsylvania’s Unusual Fish

Non-Testing Resources:

Wetland Models

Little Green Monsters

2018 CURRENT ISSUES – Outdoor Safety and Survival – Cover Resource Sheet and resources in one packet (5th – 8th Grades)

2018 FORESTRY Cover Resource Sheet 5th – 8th Grades

American Holly

Black Locust 

Box Elder  

Eastern Hemlock

Eastern White Pine

Red Maple

Slippery Elm


Tree of Heaven

Tulip Tree

White Ash

White Oak

Leaf Characteristics

Tree Identification Basics

Summer Key for Pennsylvania Trees

Low Impact Recreation: Protecting our Forests

Community Forests

Protect Turkey Tail Fungus and Christmas Ferns

Watch out for Poison Ivy and Stinging Nettles


Emerald Ash Borer

2018 WILDLIFE Resource Cover Sheet 5th – 8th Grades

PA Wildlife Journal: Beaver  Muskrat  Mink  River Otter

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns – Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron

Puddle Ducks – Mallard, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, American Black Duck

Diving Ducks – Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser


Hawks – Red-Shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier

Eagles – Bald Eagles and Osprey

A Simple Review of Sandpipers

Belted Kingfisher

PA Game Commission’s “About the Pennsylvania Game Commission”

PA Game Commission’s “Basic Hunter-Trapper Education

Skull Study Worksheets: General Information and Specific Species Skull ID:

Bald Eagle   River Otter   Great Blue Heron   Beaver