August 14, 2008
Once again, we are all wondering how the summer could speed by so quickly! Time to get ready to go back to school.
I thought I'd take this opportunity to update everyone on what's been going on with Glacier Education this summer and preview some upcoming events.
- Deb Gerace, our Artist in Residence this summer created Glacier lyrics for 12 popular tunes that I am working on getting posted to our website. Deb is back in her home state of Georgia now where school has already started and she is finalizing a songbook for us.
- Two local teachers participated in our Teacher-to-Ranger-Teacher program this summer. Michelle Petersen from East Glacier School worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger in St. Mary and led hikes, staffed the visitor center and narrated a boat tour. She also updated the information and materials in our wolf trunk.
- Diane Shanks from West Glacier School worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger in Apgar. She also led hikes, staffed the visitor center and gave an evening slide program. Diane updated our bear trunk with lots of fun and interesting new materials. Check our educational trunks page and call me to reserve one of these awesome resources.
- I will be taking reservations for Glacier field trips starting August 25, 2008 and the education program announcement is being mailed to all the teachers who participated in ranger-led programs with us last year. (I'll also upload a pdf version to the website.)
- I didn't offer any teacher workshop in Glacier this August and opted instead to coordinate the Flathead Community of Resource Educator's Trunk Workshop on August 18, 2008 in Kalispell. I'm also doing a 3 hour, "Glacier 101" workshop on August 21, 2008 at the Earl Bennett Building in Kalispell. Information about both of these workshops can be found on the link to the right for our traveling trunks web page.
- I'm also offering to come to schools who would like a 3 hour workshop on any one of our traveling trunks. I'm hoping that these options meet the needs and schedules of more teachers. I do plan on conducting future teacher workshops in the park but am not sure the best time of year to have it. Let me know if you are interested in coming to the park and the type of information that would be most beneficial for you to receive.
I'm looking forward to an exciting year working with all of you to introduce students to the wonders of Glacier.