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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Wildlife Federation are providing a series of educational summer workshops for various educators throughout the state.

The first workshop is Discovering Our Heritage through the Outdoors. The two-day workshop is geared toward K-12 educators who are interested in nature and would like to learn about Alabama's natural world, acquire a variety of educational resources and incorporate conservation and environmental education into their curriculum.

The workshop will be conducted at three different locations.

June 12-13 at the Alabama Wildlife Federation in Millbrook (Elmore County)

June 16-17 at the Palisades Park in Oneonta (Blount County)

June 19-20 at the Environmental Studies Center (Mobile County)

Participants will have the option of attending one day or both days. Each day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m.

The first day is about Alabama forests and wildlife. Participants will receive Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and the Leopold Education Project activity guides. The second day will cover Alabama waterways and aquatic life. Participants will receive Project WET and Aquatic WILD activity guides and will be introduced to the Living Streams materials from Alabama Water Watch.

Attendees will get certified to receive several nationally recognized conservation education activity guides and experience hands-on, inquiry-based activities using a multidisciplinary approach. Participants will learn about Discovering Our Heritage Program, participate in field experiences, presentations and discussions that focus on the importance of Alabama's forests, wildlife and natural resources and will learn how their students can be good stewards of Alabama's natural resources.

The workshop costs $20 per day or $35 for both days and lunch is provided.

For more information or to register visit: http://www.alabamawildlife.org/educator-workshops/ or contact Doyle Keasal at keasade@auburn.edu or (334)-844-6398. Deadline for registration is May 30.

Other partners and sponsors include Alabama Outdoor Classroom, Alabama 4-H, AMSTI, International Paper, Discovering Alabama and The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation and Outdoor Alabama.

Written by Casey Whitaker, Summer News Intern.


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