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March 24, 2016

Engaging Educators and Students with Wildlife and Forestry Resources

Joint Project Learning Tree and Project WILD Workshop

Understanding how Vermont's fish and wildlife resources depend on our forested habitats to survive is important in order to ensure these resources are well-managed and conserved for the future.

On Wednesday, April 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Montpelier, conservation educators Ali Thomas from the Fish & Wildlife Department and Rebecca Roy from the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation will train educators about wildlife and forestry topics that are addressed in the Project WILD and Project Learning Tree (K- 12) Curriculum Guides.

The workshop is an opportunity for educators to receive training in two nationally recognized curriculum guides that address wildlife management and forestry topics in an interdisciplinary, experiential format while aligning the lessons with current national standards and STEM education. All participants will leave with two free guides.

Ali Thomas understands the challenges facing educators when trying to get students connected to the outdoors. "Educators in schools, private organizations and clubs are increasingly pressured to align their curriculum with national and state educational standards. Project WILD and Project Learning Tree are fantastic guides because the standards are addressed in an engaging, active way that connects students and educators to the natural resources near their homes and throughout the state."

Helping students and educators become more knowledgeable about Vermont's natural resources through hands-on activities is the goal of these guides. "The health of wildlife populations and their associated habitats is intrinsically connected to quality forestry management. Training that highlights these topics equips educators with the knowledge, skills and tools to provide this information to their students," said Thomas.

Pre-registration is required. Openings are still available but it is filling quickly so register soon if you are an educator who would like to participate. To register, contact Alison.Thomas@vermont.gov. The workshop will be held at the Annex Building, 90 Junction Road, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Media Contact: Alison Thomas 802-371-9975

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: March 24, 2016 15:35:11