Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 13-18, 2014.
The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury.
Now in its 29th year, “Wildlife Management for Educators,” is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff through the University of Vermont.
“Wildlife resources are important to all Vermonters in one way or another,” says Fish & Wildlife’s Education Coordinator Alison Thomas. “If teachers can get connected with the outdoors and in turn expose their students, then many of these students will be able to make informed decisions about Vermont wildlife and their habitat needs when they become adults.”
“This course is unique in that it helps pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers from any discipline -- math, language arts, physical education, or history -- improve their instructional strategies and make their lesson plans more relevant to their students.”
“Course participants will include other ANR staff members as well, which provides a valuable opportunity for teachers to not only learn from, but also work with Agency staff.”
“This course is hands-on and inquiry-based,” added Thomas. “Last year we spent a beautiful sunny day at a wetland where we climbed over a beaver dam, which was very difficult, but we were rewarded with a bull moose wading in the water on the other side. He was so hot that he just let us sit in our canoes and watch him for over an hour. That’s environmental education at its best, experiential, memorable, and muddy!” said Thomas.
Tuition is $770 for the week -- books, food and overnight facilities are included. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. A course description and schedule of activities are available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com under “general education.” You can also contact them by calling (802) 371-9975 or emailing Alison.Thomas@state.vt.us.
Buck Lake Conservation Camp in located east of Route 14, north of Woodbury Village.
Media Contact: Alison Thomas, 802-371-9975