Iowa DNR offers learning opportunities
Iowa Department of Natural Resources offers two professional development opportunities for "Outdoor STEM" - one is targeted to early childhood educators (Growing Up WILD) and the other is an online opportunity to explore resources and build a project-based unit focused on local natural resources. Questions should be directed to Barb Gigar - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Up WILD Training Opportunties
Time: 5:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: Botna Bend, 42926 Mahogany Rd, Hancock
Registration Deadline: 9/11//2018
Contact for more information: CCR&R, DHS Training Registry
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Cedar Valley Park; West Branch Iowa
Registration Deadline: 9/21//2018
Cost:Tthis training is supported by a grant.
Contact for more information: Barbara Dunn-Swanson [email@example.com; 563-886-6157]
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Marr Park Education Center 2943 Hwy 92 Ainsworth
Registration Deadline: 10/25/2018
Cost $10 (Subsidized by grant)
Contact for more information: CCR&R, DHS Training Registry or Washington County Extension Office 319-653-4811
Exploring Iowa's Natural Resources: Course Information
Target Audience: STEM, Science, Social Studies, Ag. and Natural Resources; Grades K-12
Dates: Sept. 4-Dec. 30
Instructor: Linette Bernard, Barb Gigar
Cost: $305 – Materials, 3 License Renewal Credits; $455 – Materials, 3 Drake Graduate Credits
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Aug. 31
AEA Learning Online: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22007499991901INV&*
The goal of this course is to help you utilize a STEM-based approach that incorporates local natural resources as unifying themes to implement Iowa Core concepts in your curriculum. You will work in small groups and individually to create a network of contacts and resources to teach natural resource concepts. Group and individual assignments will build on each other throughout the course.
Participants will build a project-based learning unit for their personal teaching situation, so you can immediately incorporate the course resources and tactics into your teaching. It is offered for 3 license renewal or graduate credits, and also qualifies for credit for the STEM endorsement through Drake.
This course guides the participant through several resources that utilize a STEM-based approach to explore natural resources including:
- Outdoor Observation Skills
- Field Investigations
- Schoolyard Biodiversity
- Project Based Learning Model
- Project WILD
- Aquatic WILD