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YUKON DELTA: Teachers Bring the Outdoors Indoors
Alaska Region, June 29, 2005
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Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge hosted the second annual Fish and Wildlife Teacher Training Institute in Bethel, Alaska. From May 26 to June 9, 34 teachers from three school districts and 15 villages throughout the 20 million acre Refuge attended the workshop. Goals of the Institute are to educate teachers about resource conservation issues on the refuge, share curriculum developed for grades K-5 that addresses these issues, and highlight projects and partnerships the Refuge has developed with Native organizations and conservation agencies on these issues. In addition, teachers earn college credit for participating! Teachers learned how to integrate wildlife into their reading, writing, math and science classes. Topics included fish weir operation and technology, problems of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) degradation of the tundra, and how to protect the tundra through trail hardening methods. As part of the final grade, each teacher translated a key activity or handout into the Yup?ik language. Translated teaching materials are then shared with other teachers throughout the Delta, multiplying the impact of the Institute.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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