CONTACT:
Laura Ryder: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
May 25, 2005

Registration Open for Watershed Ecology Institute:
Opportunity for Teachers and Community Leaders

CONCORD, N.H. -- Science teachers, conservation commission members and
Environmental Educators interested in exploring watershed ecology can sign up for a ten-day course offered this summer on July 25-29 and August 1-5, 2005, at Bow High School. The Watershed Ecology Institute is sponsored by the Environmental Education Institute, an alliance of organizations including the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension. It can be taken on a noncredit basis, or for undergraduate or graduate credit.

For registration forms, course fees and other details, click here to visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Education/ed_watershed_programs.htm, or call UNH Cooperative Extension at 603-862-1029.

"This course explains how New Hampshire's aquatic environments work; how they relate to fish and wildlife; and how human activities can affect the aquatic environment," said Laura Ryder, Coordinator of Aquatic Resources Education at Fish and Game. "It prepares community leaders to make informed decisions about land use and water quality, and offers activities for the school or community to involve people in conserving the aquatic environment."

Taught by staff from Fish and Game and UNH Cooperative Extension, the Watershed Ecology Institute uses watersheds as a framework for studying wetlands, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and estuaries. Participants receive extensive curriculum materials and hands-on classroom activities for applying science in real-world situations.

Each day of the workshop focuses on a particular aspect of watershed ecology, including stream monitoring and assessment, water sampling, wetlands, estuaries and groundwater, as well as practical environmental techniques, community involvement and classroom investigation. Sessions take place in both the classroom and the field, including a Merrimack River boat trip. Credit course participants must complete a take-home exam. Tuition assistance for teachers may be available through Eisenhower staff development funds from local school districts.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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