4-H science camp looks to add science teachers to staff

Science teachers can apply for hands-on professional development opportunity at MSU Extension’s 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp.

A memorable and fun professional development opportunity awaits two Michigan middle school or high school science teachers who apply to serve as instructional staff for the nationally recognized 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, Aug. 2-8, 2015. This is a great opportunity for teachers to enhance their teaching skills and learn some new strategies for implementing  science in the classroom while developing friendships with staff and youth.

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is an annual Michigan State University (MSU) pre-college program that has received three national recognitions for program excellence. It is held annually at Camp Chickagami located near the northern shores of Lake Huron in Presque Isle County. This program teaches teens environmental and natural resource education through hands-on learning opportunities taught by natural resource professionals. 

 The selected teachers will join Michigan State University Extension professionals, field experts and teens for a weeklong and unforgettable experience. This time will be spent teaching and learning along the shores and in the woodlands of Presque Isle located in Northeast Michigan. Educators will gain experience co-teaching various exploration sessions with university and agency natural resource experts (e.g. Michigan Sea Grant Extension, MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and more). Selected teachers will leave with contacts and relationships formed with these professionals, firsthand research experience and science learning as taught by the experts. Continuing education credits can be earned if desired.

 This is a tremendous opportunity for teachers looking to advance their knowledge and understanding of Michigan’s Great Lakes and natural resources. Staff experience hands-on, place-based education strategies for teaching and engaging youth in learning through natural resources science and stewardship. Topics include fisheries management, invasive species, forestry, coastal wetlands, wildlife and more! Recreational sessions add to the fun and excitement with activities such as sailing, snorkeling, shooting sports, canoeing, fishing along with arts and crafts, field trips, photography as well as others. Additional details and an application are now available. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

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