• View of the Great Rift

    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Teacher Workshops

Teachers hiking at Big Craters
Teachers workshop participants hiking at Big Craters

A variety of professional development workshops are offered by park staff and partner organizations.
These workshops are a great way to prepare for a field trip and an opportunity to earn college credits.
Below is a listing of our current offerings:

Wilderness Investigations Teacher Workshop: Fri. - Sat., May 2-3

Steve Archibald, Education and Outreach Representative at the National Wilderness Training Center, will provide a two day workshop for teachers entitled Wilderness Investigations (WI). This rigorous, standards-correlated, and place-based toolkit includes live teacher training workshops, printed and downloadable teaching materials, online investigation-specific training, and a WI teacher networking site for sharing, problem-solving, and WI program announcements. WI topics are focused on key elements of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and include classroom, field, and family components. Every WI investigation includes project-based/hands-on activities, and many lead to service learning opportunities. WI is subject-integrated and geared mainly to 5th-8th grade audiences (but is easily adapted for other grades). Craters of the Moon became the first designated wilderness area in the National Park System in 1970. Credit options include:

  • 15 hours towards ID DOE Equivalent In-service Verification
  • 1 Boise State University Graduate/Professional Development Credit*
    *Registration costs to BSU to be paid by those registering for credit; Includes post-workshop assignment requirement.

Wilderness Photography Workshop: Fri. - Sun., June 13-15

Celebrate Wilderness by photographing the first wilderness area in the National Park System. Explore the philosophy, practices, and techniques of nature photography with the park Education Specialist. College credit is available through the College of Southern Idaho.

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