Vermont Fish & Wildlife Course for Educators Has Openings

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WATERBURY, VT — Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators is slated for July 20-25, 2008, and presently there are still a number of openings remaining. The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury.

Now in its 25th year, Fish and Wildlife Management for Educators, is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources staff through Johnson State College. Fish & Wildlifes education manager, Mark Scott, who has organized and coordinated the program since its beginning, feels the program plays an important educational role for Vermont.

Wildlife resources are important to all Vermonters in one way or another, said Scott. If teachers can get connected with the outdoors and in turn expose their students, then many of these youngsters will be able to make informed decisions about Vermont wildlife and their habitat needs as adults.

This course is unique in that it helps teachers from any discipline, whether it is math, language arts, physical education, or history, to improve their instructional strategies and make their lesson plans more relevant to their students, says Scott. Participants normally start the week with some skepticism about the course, but within a day or two, they become very enthusiastic. Often, teachers proclaim the course to be one of the best they have ever had and feel highly motivated to go back teaching in the fall.

Tuition is $400 for the week — books, food and overnight facilities included. A course description and schedule of activities are available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Departments website at under general education. You can also contact them by calling (802) 241-3701 or emailing janet [dot] finn [at] state [dot] vt [dot] us.

Buck Lake Conservation Camp in located east of Route 14, north of Woodbury Village.