Teachout Teaching with the Outdoors Workshop
Environmental & Field Science Workshop for K-12 Educators
May 5-6, 2000 Program:

Friday, May 5

(all times are Eastern Standard Time)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Registration & Lunch

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM  Choose between Two below:

Water Education for Teachers for Gr. K-8  

Joan Chadde, GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at MTU

Participants will engage in sample activities from the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide, which includes 100+ interdisciplinary, hands-on activities.  Topics include the water cycle, water quality, physical and chemical characteristics, groundwater, and civic involvement.  Participants recieve a copy of the WET Guide, plus Michigan Content Standards Correlations to WET activities ($25)


Secondary Project Learning Tree

Michelle Vachon, Michigan United Conservation Clubs

This workshop will present three modules: Forest Ecology, Focus on Risk, and Municipal Solid Waste.  The Forest Ecology module allows students to examine ecological systems and interdependencies within a forest ecosystem and explore factors that shape forests.  The Focus on Risk module helps students explore the different aspects of environmental and human health risks that affect their everyday lives.  The Municipal Solid Waste module uses hands-on experiences to show the inter-relationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. ($25 for three modules)

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Choose between Two Below:

Teaching With your School Site for Gr. K-12

Dave Kronk, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore  
Marianne Kronk, Seney National Wildlife Refuge 
Marcie Cox and Denise Bartlett, Superior Central Elementary

This session will present a variety of multi-disciplinary methods of using a school site to meet Michigan Science Content Standards.  Participants receive activities, teaching materials, and sources of curricula, equipment, and grants.

Biomonitoring of Plants & Animals for Gr. 6-12

Michelle Voiles, Air Education and Communication, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Participants will learn how to set-up a classroom bio-monitoring project to study plants and animals that are especially sensitive to pollution.  Participants recieve a kit that includes slides, color plates, overheads, a video, CD-ROM, and other materials, plus construct a plant press to take back to the classroom. ($18 for kit)

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner

8:00 - 9:30 PM   Wildflowers of the U.P.

Bob Sprague, Porcupine Mountain State Park, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Slide Show of U.P. wildflowers, with emphasis on food and medicinal uses, and uses by native peoples.

9:30 PM (optional)

Star Gazing- Bob Sprague

Frog Calling Survey- Joan Chadde

Campfire- Dave Kronk

Saturday, May 6

(all times are Eastern Standard Time)

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM 

Bird Hike at Deer Marsh  (optional)

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM  Breakfast

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Choose between Two Below:

Project WET Make-and-Take for K-12

Marianne Kronk, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Karen Bacula, Bothwell Middle School 

Prepare teaching materials that will allow you to better teach activities from the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide.

Air Quality and You for Gr. 3-12

Michelle Voiles, Air Education and Communication, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Learn activities and games that teach students about ozone depletion, global warming, and effects of climate change on the environment.  Participants receive an activity kit and more.

Fun Earth Science Activities for Gr. K-5

Barb McTaggart, GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at MTU

Participate in fun earth science activities that teach about fossils, rocks,  minerals, natural changes in the earth's surface, and more-plus meet elementary earth science content standards.  Participants recieve lesson plans and rocks for the classroom.  ($12 for rock kits)

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Choose between two below:

Sharing Nature with Children for K-8

Dave Kronk, National Park Service at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Learn fun games that teach children appreciation of Michigan's natural resources.  Participants receive joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children and copies of all games.  Non-science teachers welcome! ($12 for book)

Forest Measurements for Grade 6-12

Byron Sailor, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Learn how to use the "tools of the forester" to measure tree diameter, age, board feet, and stand density used to make forest management decisions.

12:30 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Workshop Evaluations

1:00 - 2:00 PM Departure