October 7, 2009
There are many things I enjoy about my job here as the Education Specialist but one of the really inspiring aspects is the opportunity for me to work with so many amazing people in the community. Not only the teachers, principals, parents, and school staff, but this week and next week I will be involved in meetings with other resource educators for the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Tomorrow, I'll be participating in a meeting with the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium - C.O.C.E.E.C. This group includes organizations from Canada to Lincoln, MT. We come together bi-annually to share ideas and work together on projects and issues in the ecosystem. In past years, the group has created a profile handbook of the ecosystem resources in the crown, as well as lesson plans for teachers. The popular "Map without Boundaries" is also a product from this collaboration of organizations. We've created a new form for sharing information on what is going on with education in the "Crown" by posting updates on the COCEEC website. It's a terrific resource for sharing the big picture with students and the public of the inter-relationships throughout this region.
Another outstanding group of resource educators is the Flathead CORE - Community of Resource Educators. This is another informal collaboration of cultural and natural resource groups from the Flathead Region who come together quarterly to work together on events and projects. Each year this group puts on an educational trunk workshop to display the trunks available to people in the Flathead for use with educational programs. This year's trunk workshop is next week, October 15, 2009 in Kalispell at the Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office on Wolfpack Way (near the new high school). Glacier National Park staff will be there with our new climate change trunk, as well as our bear, wolf, and plant invaders trunk. In addition, Flathead National Forest, Flathead Audubon, the Flathead Conservation District, Hockaday Museum, and Women in Timber will have trunks on display. Please share this flyer about the trunk workshop with colleagues and visit the Flathead CORE website to find out about other educational events in the region.