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April 30, 2004


Environmental Education Course for Teachers

UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies will offer a summer environmental education workshop for teachers. The course, Interdisciplinary Workshop in Environmental Education, is designed for K-12 teachers who want to improve their environmental education skills and knowledge.

"Participants in this workshop will learn how to use interdisciplinary approaches to solve local community environmental problems," says instructor Roger Swanson. "We'll emphasize interaction, teacher teams, environmental ethics, and technology and teaching methods for enhancing environmental education in schools."

Among the specific applications used and taught in the course are computer-based simulation activities for environmental assessment and interpretation; Project WILD, Project WET, and Project Learning Tree; and GIS applications for land use decision-making process.

This course is supported by the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Employees Association, and local county land and water conservation committees and departments. The land and water conservation departments in Pierce and St. Croix counties offer scholarships for teachers in those counties to participate in the course.

Swanson is a professor in the department of plant and earth science. He has both teaching and extension appointments covering soil science, resource management, land and water conservation, nutrient management, and watershed management. He serves as an advisor to the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association on youth and education programs.

Other workshop presenters include David Peters, Department of Philosophy, UW-River Falls; James Harrison, Wisconsin-Minnesota Boundary Area Commission; Mary Pardee, UW-Stevens Point; Tim Popple, Bob Heise, and Steve Olson, St Croix County Land and Water Conservation Department; Ellen Denzer, St Croix County Land Use Planning and Zoning; and Purnendu Vasavada, Animal and Food Science Department, UW-River Falls.

Classes meet Monday, June 21 Friday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. at the UW-RF campus. The course includes pre- and post-workshop activities through out the entire summer session, May 24 Aug. 13. The three-credit course is available for graduate or undergraduate credit.

For more information, including registration information and tuition rates, see the Web site http://www.uwrf.edu/ogs/CAFES_outreach_schedule.htm or call Outreach and Graduate Studies at 715-425-3256 or 800-228-5607. For scholarship information call Debra Larson or David Sander in Pierce County, at 715-273-6763, or Aleisha Miller in St. Croix County, at 715-684-2874 ext. 125.

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