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THRIVE Project
Midwest Region, July 13, 2011
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Project Leader Tracy Hill, Fish Biologist Clayton Ridenour and Biological Science Technician Adam McDaniel all participated in the Tomorrow’s Hope for Renewal, Innovation, and Vision in Education (THRIVE) project. 

The project is a partnership between Columbia College, several local elementary schools, and Big Muddy Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  The goal of the THRIVE project is to increase knowledge and skills related to the teaching of environmental sciences in grades K-6.  Staff from the Columbia FWCO collected fish from the Missouri River and met with participating THRIVE schools to describe how they could use inquiry leaning with the fish specimens. 

THRIVE focuses on inquiry learning, which encourages students to ask questions and find their own answers.  The Missouri River fish provided a great opportunity to for the teachers to practice what they would be teaching students in the fall when classes resume.  Columbia FWCO will continue to be involved with the project into the school year and plans to visit the local elementary school to assist the teachers with the THRIVE project.  Participation in events such as this help educate future generations about the importance of natural resources and addresses the need to connect youth with nature.

Contact Info: Tracy Hill, 573-234-2132 x102, tracy_hill@fws.gov
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