Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) is getting a jump on International Migratory Bird Month.
It is partnering with the Northern Prairies Land Trust to offer a Flying WILD workshop for teachers.
Jamie Bachmann, wildlife educator with the Trust, says the focus is on formal and non-formal teaching opportunities.
“A lot of them are interdisciplinary, so we’re not just covering a math lesson, but we’re also covering science and literature,” Bachmann tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That’s the backbone of environmental education.”
She says participants will learn about birds identification and dozens of other activities during the April 30 workshop in Norfolk.
“We’ll focus on a couple of activities and we’ll also cover how to take a group of students out birding,” she says. “If you are an inexperienced birder, we teach a little bit of those skills and how to identify birds.”
The training is free for participants and each will receive the Birds of Nebraska field guide.
Bachmann says different workshops take place throughout the year on different topics.
“They’re learning about how to engage their students in outdoor Nebraska, and they get to do it for free, so we try to accommodate the needs of the educators of Nebraska.”
Funding for the workshops comes from the sale of Habitat Stamps as well as NGPC hunting and fishing license revenue.
Contact Jamie Bachmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 370-3374 for more information or to register.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:36]