October 11, 2010

Environmental workshop for youth educators set

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Teachers, teachers-to-be and anyone who works with children will enjoy “A Southern Illinois Environmental Education Sampler” workshop later this month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

The professional development workshop, set for Oct. 25, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Touch of Nature, located about seven miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. The River to River Environmental Education Providers will offer sessions on assorted topics of interest relative to environmental education. Participants will learn about plants, wildlife, birds, forests, wetlands, GPS-assisted treasure hunting and more through hands-on activities that they can then take back to their classrooms or other settings where they work with children.

The focus of the workshop is providing tools and activities for those who teach or work with students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Those attending can choose to attend sessions that pique their interest.

The $15 registration fee covers lunch and a resource binder. Registration is required no later than Oct. 18 by e-mail to Molie.Oliver@illinois.gov or by calling 618/657-2064 Wednesday through Sunday.

Workshop sponsors include: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, the Environmental Education Association of Illinois, the Carbondale Park District, Shawnee National Forest, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Beautify Southern Illinois, Ag in the Classroom, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Land for Learning Institute and Little River Research and Design.

Teachers can earn five continuing professional development units for attending.