February 3rd: Lichens
Presenter: Joe Walewski, Director of Naturalist Training & Danielle Hefferan, Naturalist Training and Curriculum Coordinator
Target Grade/Age of Students: Elementary
Details: Learn a little about lichen biology and ecology while studying the lichens near you! We will also reflect on how to incorporate wild pedagogies within online learning.
Joe's introduction to lichens video (a great one you can view with students!)
February 10th: MN DNR
Teacher Resources Overview
Presenters from the Department of Natural Resources:
Benji Kohn, Minnesota Mentor Network Coordinator
Janine Kohn, Minnesota Project WET Coordinator
Briedi Scott, Minnesota Project WILD Coordinator
Laura Duffey, Minnesota Project Learning Tree Coordinator
Target Grade/Age of Students: PreK-College
Details: Join our panel discussion as the DNR shares an overview of some amazing resources that are available for formal and non-formal Minnesota educators.
The DNR administers an array of National Environmental Education Programs and offers training opportunities to use the materials with a variety of audiences.
Learn what educational materials are easily available for teachers to use outside and how to get trained in each program. The outdoor world awaits, let DNR assist you in learning and connecting your audiences to the outdoors!
Presenter: Larry Wade and Cindy Eyden
Target Grade/Age of Students: 2nd – 6th grade
Details: How to bring the outdoors into your classroom by creating live / virtual field trips, in which students observe animal signs and tracks, are able to ask questions and learn the joy of pondering nature's mysteries. Handouts included. Modifications to integrate to language arts, science, math will be discussed.
Find more animal tracking ideas on our Winter Resources Page