December 22, 2010

Touch of Nature to host ‘Flying WILD’ workshop

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Flying WILD is an upcoming environmental educational program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center. It will give people tools for interactive instruction for children about migratory birds and “flying wild.”

The workshop is Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. The focus of this program is people who teach first through fifth grades or work with young boys and girls in that age range through scout programs or similar organizations.

Workshop participants will discover a program featuring a variety of hands-on activities to help children experience the natural world as they learn of the importance of migratory birds and conservation. The activities easily correlate with scout badge requirements and Illinois teacher learning standards.

The program works in the classroom and various settings. The River to River Environmental Education Providers (RREEP), a consortium of educators from environmentally conscientious organizations throughout the region, are presenting the workshop.

The early registration deadline is Feb. 5, 2011, and the fee is $15. If space allows, organizers will accept late registrations after Feb. 5 but the cost will be $20. The registration cost covers a copy of the “Flying WILD Educator’s Guide” and a snack.

To sign up, or for more information, call 618/998-5933 or e-mail