Fish and wildlife class for educators has openings July 15-20

If you are a Vermont educator and you’ve been looking for subjects that will really interest your students, here’s an opportunity that will help. Vermont’s fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 15-20, and there is still room for attendees.

The hands-on field course that gets educators 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 28th year, “Fish and Wildlife Management for Educators,” is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources staff through Johnson State College.

“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 youngsters will be able to make informed decisions about Vermont wildlife and their habitat needs when they become adults.”

“This course is unique because it helps pre-kindergarten through high school teachers from any discipline, whether it is math, language arts, physical education, or history, to improve their instructional strategies and make their lesson plans more interesting and relevant to their students,” says Thomas.

Tuition is $400 for the week — books, food and overnight facilities are included. A course description and schedule of activities are available from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com under “general education.”  You can also contact Fish & Wildlife by calling (802) 479-1116 or emailing Alison.Thomas@state.vt.us.

Buck Lake Conservation Camp in located east of Route 14, north of Woodbury Village.

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