Public Lands of the United States: Designations, History, and Today
Instructor: Sarah R. Johnson MAEd
ENVS 510, 2 Credits, $340
Course dates: June 9-29, 2020*
course materials available June 8-August 1, 2020
Virtual Hybrid Course
Audience: Secondary Educators, Community
Register at Western Colorado University
Expand your knowledge of public lands in America. Through interactive discussion based hybrid online learning experience, participants will gain a stronger understanding of federal land designations, history of these lands, and the context in which these places were protected. Participants will get free access to a brand new public land high school curriculum. The course aims to build connections between people and America’s public lands as well as awareness that the lands and waters we love today were once and still are Indigenous lands. Through this virtual format, agency staff from the BLM, US Forest Service, National Park, and Colorado state lands will be guest speakers throughout the course. We will explore the many uses and benefits of public lands, as well as the threats they face locally and nationally. Students will also collect citizen science land cover and tree data from their homes for NASA’s GLOBE Observer program. Activities from other nationally proven curriculum will also be interwoven throughout the course.
*** 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'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, June 9, 2020 at a specific time that has not yet been set. Thanks for your patience as we switch from two sections of this course that were going to be field-trip based courses to one hybrid virtual version in light of Covid-19. Let me know what other questions you may have.
*** Course Live Zoom meeting times: Monday/Wednesday 8am-10am MST, June 10-29, 2020.
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