Course Date: August 6-8, 2020; 4:30pm-7:00pm (mountain standard time)
Pre-course materials available August 1, 2020
Location: Virtual course via Canvas LMS and Google Meet
Audience: Outdoor Educator Leaders, 18 yrs and older
$170 early bird registration by July 24; $190 regular registration
Using the unique online alternative format developed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, this LNT Trainer Course will give participants LNT skills and ethics as well as techniques for effectively sharing these low impact practices with students of all ages. This course is ideal for outdoor leaders who take people of all ages outdoors for single or multi-day courses. Participants will prepare a lesson to teach virtually during the course (topics organized by the instructor). Participants will receive LNT Trainer credentials and will have the tools they need to offer LNT Awareness Courses and teach Leave No Trace widely. Certificate of professional development training hours will also be offered to participants.
*** This course is not exactly 'at your own pace, on your own'. There will be specific assignment deadlines, synchronous online meetings/classes, and lots of asynchronous on-your-own activities/readings. We'll be meeting virtually daily for three days. Thanks for your patience as we switch from offering regular in-person field courses to virtual versions in light of Covid-19. Let me know what questions you may have.
In light of the current pandemic, we're shifting to the hybrid virtual course format. Wild Rose Education offering four educator summer workshops in partnership with Western Colorado University, The Wilderness Society, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program, and the Youth Water Leadership Program.
Courses and workshops include:
*** These courses are not exactly 'at your own pace on your own'. There will be specific assignment deadlines, synchronous online meetings/classes, and lots of asynchronous on your activities/readings. We're going to wait to decide on the virtual meeting times to get input from registered participants so we can find a time that works best for most. We'll be starting with a virtual meeting on the first day of the course listed above at a specific time that has not yet been set. Thanks for your patience as we switch these courses from regular in-person field trip courses to hybrid virtual versions in light of Covid-19. Let me know what other questions you may have.
The Youth Water Leadership Program hosted the Community Action & Problem-Solving Process Teacher Workshop facilitated by Earth Force and offered graduate credit from the Colorado School of Mines for over 15 educators at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado on August 5, 2019. Educators attended from Grand Junction, Cedaredge, Leadville, Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Parachute, and Glenwood Springs.
This workshop helped me see the opportunity for supporting student voice opportunities."
One thing I want to remember from today is not to be afraid to reach out to community members. "
Participants were introduced to Earth Force’s award-winning Community Action and Problem Solving Process. The Earth Force Process is a six-step approach that combines the best of action civics, environmental education, and STEM to provide a framework of action for teachers seeking to engage students in hands-on community environmental action projects. This professional development gave educators the opportunity to understand how incorporating youth voice, student-driven inquiry, democratic decision-making and place-based authentic problem-solving into their classrooms prepares students for life-long environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and collaborative action. Participants gained a better understanding of how to engage students in learning that makes a difference, for students and communities. All were encouraged to participate in the upcoming Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit and to publish their students' work on the Youth River Voices blog.
All this made possible by these generous 2019 Youth Water Leadership Program sponsors.
Fifteen educators from across Colorado convened for a River Ecology and Water in the West courses during the 3nd annual Western Rivers Teacher Workshops during the 2019 Western Colorado University's Summer Teacher Institute. In addition to five days of instruction in the field and classroom, participants learned to use ESRI story maps and Google My Maps to share special watershed topics and create walking field trip maps from their school. let us know, and we'll keep you up to date on upcoming registration deadlines.
River as Text: Ecology course
Water in the West course
Feedback from participants:
Wild Rose Education is honored to be invited to present the Reframe, Rethink, and Re-inspire Adult Learning workshop and a Community Engagement poster at the 2019 River Rally hosted by River Network in Cleveland, Ohio June 21-24. Both the workshop and poster will bring proven best practices from the field of environmental education and adult learning to the river protection professional community's commitment to sustaining strong leaders, organizations, and coalitions.
River Rally 2019 takes place along the banks of the Cuyahoga River and marks the last time that river caught fire from unregulated pollution 50 years ago, a pivotal event that sparked the environmental movement that led to the establishment of the Clean Water Act.
Reframe, Rethink, and Re-Inspire Adult Learning
Workshop on Monday, June 24th
Experience a mini facilitation workshop where you will learn techniques to re-inspire your professional development trainings utilizing proven participant-centered practices and routines. We will explore how to know your audience, sequence workshops, use a variety of discussion strategies, and will consider cultural relevancy throughout.
Community Engagement: How Do We Do it Well?
Learn about the new Community Engagement Guidelines for Excellence, a free robust accessible publication of best practices, practical tools, and case studies for working in partnership with your community to strengthen the underpinnings of environmental quality and community well-being. The Guidelines offer proven strategies for developing stronger social equity, shared prosperity, and the capacity to pursue these goals together within the local community.
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