Environmental Education Update

This webinar series, presented quarterly, will feature current environmental education topics and highlight upcoming environmental education courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This webinar is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and to network with colleagues and partners.

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Environmental Education Update Descriptions

Designing Fish-Friendly Culverts - A Hands-On Lesson Plan (00:30:14)

On February 8th Denise Wagner and Catherine Gatenby, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s, Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program and Sara Anderson, Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, Springfield, MO, joined us to talk about a lesson they developed, with input from many colleagues, called Designing Fish-Friendly Culverts (and bridges). It is a hands-on lesson created to help teach youth about the amazing lives of migratory fish, and learn how barriers to their migration impact their survival.

Hands on the Land (00:56:11)

Host: Michelle Donlan, NCTC. Presenters: Josh Falk, Education Program Officer, NEEF and Maria Arnold, USFWS Youth Program Specialist, NCTC. March 4, 2015.

Our webcast will feature "Hands on the Land" (HOL), a network of 120 distinct partnerships between five Federal land management agency sites and local schools focused on promoting educational excellence. HOL provides students across America with hands-on learning in natural and cultural settings, and is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). USFWS currently counts 13 site-school partnerships among the total. Presenters include Josh Falk, Education Program Officer, NEEF and Maria Arnold, USFWS Youth Program Specialist, NCTC. Host: Michelle Donlan, NCTC.

Hands on the Land Grant Program (00:57:09)

Environmental Education Update. Presenters: Josh Falk, Education Program Officer, NEEF; Maria Arnold, USFWS Youth Program Specialist, NCTC; and Derrick Baldwin, Cultural Heritage Program Specialist, BLM Hands on the Land Program. Sept. 2, 2015.

The NCTC Division of Education & Outreach will host a discussion on the Hands on the Land (HOL) network that connects schools with sustained hands-on learning in natural and cultural settings on public lands. Presenters will announce an HOL Mini-Grant Program. The mini-grants will support HOL sites comprised of a school partner and a participating federal public land management agency (BLM, FWS, NPS, USFS, and NOAA Marine Sanctuaries). Non-HOL members who join HOL are eligible for funding.

HOL is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

Learn more at: http://www.handsontheland.org

Conservation Connect (00:55:51)

Chelsea McKinney, Kathy Sholl, Brett Billings and Randy Robinson, NCTC will provide an overview of Conservation Connect, the new web-based video series produced by NCTC. October 21, 2014.

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (01:01:54)

Presented by Elsa Haubold, National LCC Coordinator; Jean Brennan, Appalachian LCC Coordinator; and Laura McClean, Science Applications Communications Manager. August 26, 2015.

This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education and Outreach staff, features current environmental education topics and highlights upcoming environmental education courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This series is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to FWS employees and to network with colleagues and partners.
The August 26th broadcast will feature an update on Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and share information about great environmental educational resources available for use by educators. The broadcast also includes time for live interaction and Q&A with the presenters.
Learn more about the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network at: http://lccnetwork.org

Pollinators (00:27:18)

Presented by Dolores Savignano, Ph.D. FWS - Fish and Aquatic Conservation, as she introduces participants to pollinators and pollinator resources. May 22, 2014.

North American Association for Environmental Education (00:50:52)

Presented by Judy Braus, Executive Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). March 25, 2014.

Sagebrush Ecosystem Education Webinar (Part 1) (01:08:05)
Sagebrush Ecosystem Education Webinar (Part 2) (00:29:40)

Presented by Rick Reynolds, Founder of Engaging Every Student and ShareOregon; Jacelyn Downey, Education Programs Manager with Audubon Rockies; and Melissa Hemken, AT Lander Arts and Sciences (ATLAS)Coordinator.

Join experienced educators Rick Reynolds, founder of Engaging Every Student, and Jacelyn Downey of Audubon Rockies as we explore a variety of resources from the USFWS, Audubon Rockies, BLM, and other partners. We seek to inspire students to think critically about sagebrush ecosystems and ways to protect them and their diverse species. 

October 10, 2017.

Teaching Relevant Curriculum for a New Generation of Naturalists (00:59:43)

As America's First Urban Refuge, located in one of the country’s most metropolitan cities, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum serves a unique audience with varied backgrounds and lived experiences. This presents an outstanding opportunity to create tailored programming and employ creative teaching styles to connect youth who may initially be unfamiliar with outdoor exploration. 

Environmental Education Supervisor, Brianna Patrick, and Environmental Education Specialist, Kelly Kemmerle, share their best tips for designing lessons that resonate with students from varied backgrounds, highlight helpful strategies for outdoor classroom management, and provide an introduction to positive discipline techniques to help students find their inner naturalist. 

Recorded October 24, 2018.

The Compass to Nature (00:37:53)

On August 23 we explored the innovative Compass to Nature approach to teaching in the outdoor classroom.  Just as a navigational compass enables us to guide our way outside, the Compass to Nature provides unfailing direction for all who seek to lead others in the development of a caring relationship with the world we live in.  During this introductory presentation, you will find out more about how you can use your local environment, a study of naturalists, regular field journaling, phenology, and the sense of wonder to effectively connect people with nature.  It works anywhere, any time of year, with children and adults.  The C2N grew from the internationally-recognized Prairie Science Class partnership at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, part of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District in Minnesota.  Your presenters are Mona Davis, Fergus Falls Public Schools 4th grade Prairie Science Class teacher and Molly Stoddard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative (00:41:04)

NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, hosts an interview with author, Florence Williams, on her new book March 24, 2017.

This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education and Outreach staff features current environmental education topics and/or highlights upcoming environmental education courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This series is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to FWS employees and to network with colleagues and partners. The book offers an intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.

The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward (00:57:59)

The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program was launched in 2013 and formally established in Service policy in 2014. Simply stated, the policy tells us that all Service programs must 1) work to expand their efforts to increase the relevancy of conservation in urban areas, 2) create more opportunities for people in urban areas to engage in fish and wildlife conservation, and 3) establish methods for evaluating intended outcomes, and modify practices to ensure success.

During this broadcast, Danielle Ross-Winslow, Delissa Padilla, and Angelina Yost will share notable successes and challenges encountered over the past five years, along with plans for using what we have learned to inform the UWCP’s path for the future. Following these reflections, presenters will take questions from viewers through the Livestream chat room or by email to broadcast@fws.gov.

Presented by Danielle Ross-Winslow, Social Scientist , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Delissa Padilla Nieves, Urban Wildlife Program Coordinator , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Angelina Yost, National Urban/Vision Coordinator , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hosted by Emily Neidhardt, Social Science Project Coordinator , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Who Should Attend the Series: Project managers, resource managers, visitor services professionals, park rangers, educators, outdoor recreational planners, and anyone whose resource management efforts would be enhanced or supported by learning about state-of-the art resources for environmental education and human dimensions of natural resource conservation.

Contacts: Nancy Zapotocki, Course Leader, nancy_zapotocki@fws.gov  and Michelle Donlan, Course Leader, michelle_donlan@fws.gov

Announcement for Program

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program Standards of Excellence revisited 01:06:00

This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education and Outreach staff features current environmental education topics and/or highlights upcoming environmental education courses offered by NCTC and our partners. 

Please join us on November 14th to revisit and learn more about the Standards of Excellence (SOE) for the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. Urban areas present a strategic opportunity to reach new audiences who may not know about the Service and may be less likely to visit Service lands. The goal of the Program is to engage urban communities as partners in wildlife conservation. Excellence can be achieved through eight standards that serve as a framework for collaboration among the Service and urban communities. 

In this broadcast, the national Urban Program Coordinator and the Refuge Manager at John Heinz NWR will distill how working to achieve the SOE is relevant and beneficial to the conservation mission and identify obstacles and opportunities associated with implementation on-the-ground in Philadelphia.

Who Should Attend
Project managers, resource managers, visitor services professionals, park rangers, educators, outdoor recreational planners, and anyone whose resource management efforts would be enhanced or supported by learning more about state-of-the art resources for environmental education.

Objectives:

  1. 1. List three current and relevant environmental education topics that can be addressed at their FWS site
  2. Identify at least two environmental education resources/lesson plans that can be used at their FWS site
  3. Identify at least two environmental education training opportunities available for FWS employees and other conservation professionals

Youth Leadership Council (00:39:16)

On August 15, Emily DeLanzo, Education Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, shared her efforts to engage local high school students interested in conservation careers. The Youth Leadership Council helps connect high school youth with the opportunity to shadow Refuge staff, learn more about federal land management, and give back to their local community.