December 19, 2013
Contact: Christine Gerlach
Last summer, two teachers, Stephanie Crook, of Hebron High School and William McCullom of Whiting’s George Rogers Clark High School, interned through the National Park Service’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Crook and McCullom will host a workshop for teachers and other educators who are interested in incorporating the Indiana Dunes into their lesson plans. They will share highlights from the programs they created while at the park including a bio-caching activity and a self-guided program using the park.
The workshop takes place on Saturday, January 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. The workshop does require pre-registration through the Dunes Learning Center’s website at www.duneslearningcenter.org and a $20 fee to cover lunch and take-home materials.
The workshop will also share information on the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program that gives educators an opportunity to participate in an internship at a national park during summer break. Interns earn a stipend, learn about the park’s resources, and help the park with a variety of educational endeavors.
A listing of other educator workshops can also be found on the website. The next one will be Saturday, January 25th focusing on the Department of Natural Resources project, Flying WILD. Participants will learn educational activities that explore the avian world.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park System. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov