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Educator Workshops

American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS)
AWLS allows educators of all types (teachers, scout leaders; etc.) to experience a variety of outdoor skills. If you are inexperienced in the outdoors and always wanted to learn, or if you are already at a higher level of outdoor skill, and want to learn more, AWLS is for you. 


Basic Shotgun Coaches Certification Training Course
This course is designed to teach basic shotgun coaching techniques and team management fundamentals for leading youth trap, sporting clays and/or skeet teams. It is designed for experienced shooters/coaches and novices alike. Course content includes an overview of the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Iowa High School clay target shooting, safety, range orientation and setup, eye dominance, gun-fit, coaching fundamentals, teaching the new shooter, risk management, coaching logistics and equipment.



Exploring Iowa’s Natural Resources On-line Course
September 8 – December 21, 2014
 
Learn how to utilize local natural resources as unifying themes to implement a STEM-based approach 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.

Each week a new course module focusing on a specific environmental education topic, strategy or skill will be available (time requirement 4-5 hours per week). You should be comfortable navigating web pages, have access to internet and a computer on a daily basis, and possess basic computer skills.

Registration deadline is August 29, 2014 - you must register electronically. Registration fee includes materials and 3 license renewal credit for $225. This course is being offered by AEA PD Online, a joint initiative by all of Iowa's Area Education Agencies. This course therefore uses AEA PD Online's alternative fee schedule for license renewal credit. Transcripts and credit will be issued by AEA PD Online instead of Heartland AEA.
 
For more information, contact Shannon Hafner, Aquatic Education Program, (641) 747-2051.


Fish Iowa!
Materials are available to Iowa educators and youth leaders only through training sessions (one-on one) and workshops. Email the Aquatic Education Program to locate a Fish Iowa! trainer near you.


Implementing Standards Through Site Based Projects
June 2 & 3, 2014 (Assignments due by June 20, 2014)
8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
Sidney Jr/Sr High School (2754 Knox Road, Sidney, IA 51652)
Registration Deadline: May 28, 2014 - you must register electronically
Registration Fee: $125 -1 license renewal credit payable upon online registration; $15 - course materials (Payment to be sent to IA DNR, 2473 160th Road, Guthrie Center, IA 50115)

Educators will be introduced to a variety of nationally developed resources that support authentic learning as well as Projects Aquatic WILD, WILD, and Learning Tree. Traineres will work with educators to incorporate activities from the Projects into inquiry-based cycles and develop real field investigations with their students. Educators will be encouraged to develop site based projects to study and/or improve their local natural resources.


Implementing Standards Through Site Based Projects
June 24 & 25, 2014 (Assignments due by July 23, 2014)
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Prairie Heritage Center (4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson, IA 51047)
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2014 - you must register electronically
Registration Fee: $85 (includes 1 license renewal credit and course materials)

Educators will be introduced to a variety of nationally developed resources that support authentic learning as well as Projects Aquatic WILD, WILD, and Learning Tree. Traineres will work with educators to incorporate activities from the Projects into inquiry-based cycles and develop real field investigations with their students. Educators will be encouraged to develop site based projects to study and/or improve their local natural resources.


Leading Authentic Place-based Student Investigations: Water On-line Course
September 15 – December 14, 2014

 
Engage your students in real scientific research of a local water issue while you improve your own content knowledge and pedagogy. With your students, you will develop and conduct a place-based water student investigation unit (or enhance a current unit).

Each week a new course module focusing on a different topic related to the 5 Essential Features of Inquiry, place-plased learning and Iowa water issues will become available (time requirement 4-5 hours per week). You should be comfortable navigating web pages, have access to internet and a computer on a daily basis, and possess basic computer skills. 


Registration deadline is September 5, 2014 - you must register electronically. Registration fee includes materials and 2 license renewal credit for $150. This course is being offered by AEA PD Online, a joint initiative by all of Iowa's Area Education Agencies. This course therefore uses AEA PD Online's alternative fee schedule for license renewal credit. Transcripts and credit will be issued by AEA PD Online instead of Heartland AEA.

For more information, contact Shannon Hafner, Aquatic Education Program, (641) 747-2051.

IOWATER Introductory Workshops
IOWATER is a statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program. Introductory workshops are open to any individual or group that is interested in water quality. A variety of session settings, held both indoors and outdoors, will contain topics such as starting a monitoring plan, the "why-tos" and "how-tos" of water monitoring, what to do with the data, networking with others concerned about water quality, and some muddy fun!

Upon completion of the workshop, you will be a certified IOWATER Citizen Monitor. The workshop is based on eight hours training; exact times varying depending on location. Workshop registration fee is $20, which covers all program fees, meals, and testing equipment. Group registration fee is $30 for up to three people; ten dollars for each additional person.


National Archery in the Schools Program Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) 
The Iowa DNR provides NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training throughout the state to teachers and archery program organizers. Training is provided at no cost to teachers conducting NASP programs as part of a 2 week in-school course. To start a NASP program in your school, to schedule or sign up for training, or for questions on NASP in Iowa, contact Donise Petersen, Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa DNR at 515-205-8709.


Projects WILD, Aquatic WILD, & Learning Tree
WILD, Aquatic WILD , and Project Learning Tree materials are available to formal and nonformal educators through workshops on request for groups of at least 15 educators and/or youth leaders.

 

Workshops also are provided through several colleges and universities. At the workshop, participants will be introduced to several activities as well as to suggested teaching techniques, ideas for using the activities, and philosophies behind the programs.

Email the WILD/PLT coordinator to receive email notification of upcoming training opportunities.


Teaching Outdoor Skills: An Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills
June 16 & 17, 2014  (100% attendance is required for credit.) 
8:30 am - 8:30 pm (6/16); 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (6/17)
Annett Nature Center (15565 118th Avenue, Indianola)  
Registration Deadline: June 6, 2014 - you must register electronically
Registration Fee: $85 (1 license renewal credit and course materials) or $160 (1 Drake graduate credit and course materials)                                                                       

Hands-on sessions will acquaint participants with a variety of basic outdoor skills and teaching resources/methodologies. Participants will receive introductory instruction and lesson plans for planning outings, map reading, hiking, paddling, fishing, archery, campfire programs, and basic firearm safety/shooting. Meals, materials and credit are included in the registration cost.


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