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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pennsylvania DCNR Environmental Education Video Garners Emmy Honors

A Wild Resource Conservation Program video was recently honored with an Emmy award by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“This is a significant achievement that salutes both the dedication of our staff and the creativity and expertise of the video producers,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan said. “Middle school students across Pennsylvania and beyond will better understand the origin of their water and how best to conserve it thanks to this award-winning production.”

Produced by eMediaWorks, “Cosmo’s World II: Water,” is one video in a four-part series that relies on a flying river squirrel, Cosmo, and river otter, Terra, to introduce middle school-age viewers to water consumption and conservation.

Students from the Lehigh Valley School for the Performing Arts and Milton Hershey School are featured in the short videos, which also address biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and energy.

It is the second video in a series to be honored with an Emmy from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “Cosmo’s World,” an earlier production of eMediaWorks geared toward elementary age-students, also received an Emmy from the academy in 2009. Both videos were honored in the Children/Youth/Teen Program or Special category.

eMediaWorks representatives accepted the award for “Cosmo’s World II: Water” on Sept. 22 in Philadelphia.

Cosmo’s World is a cooperative effort of DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program, eMediaWorks, PBS 39, and the conservation organization, Natural Biodiversity. Its objective is to help classroom and environmental educators teach environmental topics in an entertaining and engaging manner.

The series can be found at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Select “Conserve,” then “Wild Resource Conservation Program” in the lower right; then “Educational Res

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