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On Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, educators, naturalists, scout leaders, and other youth leaders are invited to try their hands at a wide variety of activities they can use to teach about the environment during a Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshop at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion.
Along with the traditional content for Project WET certification, this session will incorporate activities and resources around Asian carp and aquatic invasive species that threaten regional waterways. Project WET’s mission is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. The workshop is designed for educators working with students in grades K through 12.
During the event, educators will try out a variety of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities they can use to teach concepts in watersheds, wetlands, water quality, water chemistry, and aquatic wildlife. Each participant who completes the full six-hour workshop will receive an activity guide packed with 64 broad-based, hands-on, easy to use, and fun activities developed by a team of educators and resource experts and tested in classrooms across the country. Activities are interdisciplinary, utilizing social studies, language arts, math, science, reading, art, music, and civics.
There is a $40 fee for the workshop and lunch is provided. Indiana teachers can receive Professional Growth Points and Illinois Teachers can receive CPDUs for attending the workshop. Graduate credit is also available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 15, and registration is limited. To register or obtain additional information, visit their website or call Dunes Learning Center at 219-395-9555. The workshop is co-sponsored by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dunes Learning Center, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion is located at 1000 Riverwalk Drive in Portage. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website and our Facebook page.