Sponsored by the Jeffers Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceYou are invited to join a dedicated group of elementary educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into every day school instruction. Join us for one Saturday morning workshop or as many as you can! Sessions are the first Saturday each month from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., February through May, at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center. Click here for flyer with detailed information (PDF).September 6: EcoTimeRegistration is REQUIRED and we must have a minimum of 20 attendees registered! Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EECohort2014 and indicate which dates you’ll join us. Consider it an opportunity to attend topic specific mini-workshops at no cost!! CEU certificates are available.
Partner Teacher Workshops
To become a part of the Partner Teacher Program, each educator must attend at least one orientation session. Next, attend a seasonal workshop to bring your class to the Refuge during that season. Offered 3 times each year, these workshops highlight curriculum, teaching materials and equipment for the season. After that, attend only one additional refuge training every 3 years to continue in the Program.Click on the Refuge site you would like to visit for workshop schedule.Bloomington Education & Visitor CenterRapids Lake Education & Visitor Center
What if you had access to your own, personal naturalist to discover the nature right outside your classroom door, the nearby park or nature area?Well you do, and it is FREE! Refuge staff can help design a 90-minute workshop just right for you and your teaching team. Free lesson ideas, worksheets, and resource materials are included in each workshop.A minimum of 20 educators is needed to schedule a workshop at your location. Dates and times are flexible. Refuge staff can provide topic suggestions if needed after previewing your site. A Few Theme Suggestions: 1-2-3 Tree ID, Birds in Your Backyard, Water Critters, Wildlife Signs, Insect Investigations, or (insert YOUR idea here). To plan a session at your school, call Suzanne at 952-361-4502.
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