Jewel Cave to host teacher workshop

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Jewel Cave National Monument is offering a workshop for teachers and educators related to the nationwide curricula entitled Project WILD and Project Learning Tree (PLT). The workshop focuses on environmental education activities for kindergarten through high school classes. The workshop is slated for Friday night through Sunday morning, Oct. 13-15. An academic credit hour is available for interested participants.

Using an assortment of classroom programs and field activities, park rangers and conservation educators will immerse teachers in a number of outdoor topics. The activities and sample lesson plans will assist participants in developing the awareness, knowledge and skills to conduct environmental education in their own classroom. Project WILD uses interdisciplinary approaches for outdoor topics that emphasize wildlife. PLT focuses on a number of topics, such as forests, wildlife, water, community planning, recycling and energy.

The workshop is an active opportunity for teachers to collaborate and network on different ways to engage students.

“Jewel Cave has offered an educational workshop each fall season for the past few years,” said Bradley Block, chief of interpretation at Jewel Cave. “With assistance from other public land agencies, we have tried to provide a mixture of learning experiences to our surrounding school districts. Project WILD and PLT are award-winning curricula that will definitely help teachers enhance their current lesson plans.”

Workshop activities and sessions begin on Friday night at 7 p.m. Classroom and field activities take place all day on Saturday. The workshop concludes on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. There is a registration fee for the workshop, which covers two curriculum guides and all program materials and supplies. The fee also includes three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. For interested teachers, an additional fee covers the academic credit.

For more information or to register for the workshop, teachers are encouraged to call the visitor center at 605-673-8300. Online information is also available at nps.gov/jeca by clicking on the For Teachers link.

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