We would like you to preregister by sending the $20 course fee to Mary Zelhofer, 1529 Buchanan Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54902. Check should be made out to Fox Valley Pheasants Forever. Registration should take place by Wednesday, Sept. 24.
The class will start with check-in from 7:30-8:00; the course itself will run from 8:00-3:30. Lunch and all materials are provided. It is being held at Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton.
Teaching Environmentally with Aldo Leopold
Instructors: Betty Krcma (Green Bay High School Teacher), Mike Solomon (Fox
Valley Chapter, Pheasants Forever), Mary Zelhofer (Menasha Elementary School
The student will establish first-hand connections with the concepts and
processes of environmental education. Through course experiences and
teacher and student-led activities, participants will reflect deeply upon
the contributions of well-known environmental author/scientist, Aldo
Leopold. Leopold, who is now considered the father of wildlife management
and of the wilderness system, was a forester, philosopher, professor and
writer. Students will reflect upon their awareness of and relationship to
the land and develop an understanding and commitment to environmental
stewardship. Most appropriate for intermediate through high school
educators, though primary educators will find value and applications for
1) To provide an experiential teacher education course that empowers
teachers to make connections with the land, others, and ideas, by thinking
and teaching environmentally, collaboratively and creatively;
2) to assist teachers in developing environmentally sustainable and
ecologically ethical habits of living and teaching;
3) to provide educators with a variety of practical hands-on/minds-on ways
to deepen their studentsí awareness of the natural world;
4) to share techniques for increasing studentsí creative and critical
Course Instructional Learning Outcomes:
Through active participation, students will be able to . . .
1) evaluate their personal environmental ethics;
2) design and utilize instructional plans centered around the book A Sand
County Almanac by Aldo Leopold;
3) evaluate their own observation skills and reflect upon the deeper
significance of their surroundings and the lessons that can be learned (and
taught) through observing the environment;
4) form the foundations for a lifetime of teaching environmentally that can
be transferred to any of diverse future settings.
Course Texts Provided:
Leopold, Aldo. (1949). A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There.
New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-19-500777-8.
Leopold Education Project. (undated). Lessons in a Land Ethic: A Teacherís
Guide and Student Activities for Indoor and Outdoor Use. St. Paul, MN:
LEP Task Cards compiled by Dr. Clifford Knapp and based on essays found in
the Almanac; they provide teachers with an additional medium for guiding
students in experiencing learning in the out-of-doors classroom.
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