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Thursday, May 29, 2014

GAME COMMISSION OFFERS WORKSHOPS for EDUCATORS

GAME COMMISSION OFFERS WORKSHOPS for EDUCATORS

Registration deadlines for professional-development courses approach.

 Schools might soon be letting out, but educators and others who work with youth have a chance to continue their learning through wildlife-focused workshops.

Formal educators and nonformal educators such as Scout leaders, afterschool educators and youth-group leaders are welcome to attend these workshops.

Project WILD aims to provide a wildlife-based conservation education that fosters responsible action. It’s one of the most widely used conservation and environmental-education programs among educators, and the activities easily can be incorporated into almost any classroom curriculum.

Theresa Alberici, who coordinates the program in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said Project WILD benefits educators and students alike.
“Educators leave Project WILD with a renewed appreciation of wildlife and are excited about how they’re going to share what they’ve learned with their students,” Alberici said. “Project WILD isn’t about teaching kids what to think about wildlife; it’s about teaching kids how to think about wildlife and giving them the skills they need to become responsibly active citizens who recognize the importance of wildlife and the environment.”
More than 1 million educators have been trained in the program since Project WILD originated in 1983.
Those who are looking for more information on Project WILD workshops offered this year can visit the homepage of the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, and click on the icon labeled “2014 Educator Workshops.”
Following is a listing of scheduled workshops for educators. All workshops are approved for Act 48 hours:

JUNE

WILD about Elk (2-day workshop, June 11-12): Participants will work with Game Commission wildlife biologists, wildlife conservation officers, wildlife-habitat managers and wildlife educators to explore elk history, elk biology, habitat management, telemetry and research. This training session includes a field study examining habitat management and several opportunities to view elk, and maybe even their calves. This workshop is designed for upper elementary/middle/high school classroom teachers and nonformal educators who work with a variety of audiences including students and teachers. It is scheduled to be held Wednesday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, June 12, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Elk Country Visitor Center, 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA 15821. Lunch and dinner are provided on June 11 and a snack is provided on June 12.There is no cost for the course and educators are offered a $50 stipend to offset cost of lodging and travel. ACT 48 hours are provided. To register, please obtain a registration form and return it to Theresa Alberici at the Game Commission. Forms can be emailed to talberici@pa.gov, or sent by fax to 7177720542. Deadline to register is June 5, but it could close sooner if all seats are filled.

Pennsylvania Songbirds (1- or 2-day workshop, June 19-20): This is a handson, interdisciplinary resource and activity guide for educators, offered through a joint project of the Game Commission, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Audubon Pennsylvania. This workshop is for K12 educators. It is scheduled to be held Thursday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center in Carlisle. Additionally, an optional session is scheduled for Friday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area on the border of Lebanon and Lancaster counties. The cost is $20 each day, and includes the PA Songbirds Guide and transportation for the optional field trip to Middle Creek. ACT 48 hours approved. To register, contact Kings Gap at 7174865031, or kingsgapsp@pa.gov.

Pennsylvania Biodiversity (1-day workshop, June 30): The importance of this seldom-talked-about issue is addressed through the use of resource materials and handson activities. Session participants will investigate the concepts of biodiversity, explore Pennsylvania’s biodiversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels, and examine local and global issues relating to biodiversity. Participating teachers will receive the Pennsylvania Biodiversity guide. The workshop is scheduled to be held Monday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project, Charles Brightbill Center,
Box 97, 4881 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg. The activities in this training are designed for upper elementary, middle and high school, however the background information about Pennsylvania’s ecosystem and wildlife provided in this workshop is appropriate for teachers of all grade levels.
The workshop will be held both indoors and outdoors, and those attending the workshop are urged to dress appropriately and to pack a lunch. The cost of the workshop is $10, payable to TWEP. ACT 48 hours provided. To register, please obtain a registration form and return it to Theresa Alberici
at the Game Commission. Forms can be emailed to talberici@pa.gov, or sent by fax to 7177720542. Those with questions can call 7177871434 or 7173282126, or send questions by email to twepmail@gmail.com. Deadline for registration is June 20.

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