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      Helen Dalbeck, Amoskeag Fishways - 603-634-3314
      Judy Silverberg, N.H. Fish and Game, 603-271-3211
      Judy Tumosa, N.H. Fish and Game, 603-271-0456
      May 20, 2010

Teachers -- Summer Learning Opportunities Target Watersheds, Wildlife and Ecosystems

CONCORD, N.H. – Two summer institutes for teachers offer a chance for educators to get in-depth training about watersheds, wildlife and ecosystems. 

Summer Institute – The Homer Museum Institute for Teaching Science, Merrimack River Region, will hold a nine-day Summer Institute in Manchester, N.H., weekdays from July 6-16, 2010. Designed for teachers of grades 3-8 (also open to K-2), the workshop's broad theme is "Interactions in the Sciences: Observe, Investigate, Explain."  Through exploring the Merrimack River watershed, educators will learn how to meet physical, life and science frameworks in their classroom. They will canoe the Nashua River, climb Mt. Watatic, walk the woodland paths at Beaver Brook, build a river flow model and forest floor terrarium. Learn how to create a science notebook as a way to enliven science lessons and provide a valuable tool for student assessment.  The Institute is presented by the Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center, Nashua River Watershed Association, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Beaver Brook Association. Presenters include New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wildlife educators. The cost is $250 for one educator (discounts for multiple educators from one school).  Various undergraduate and graduate credits available (additional fee for graduate).  To register online, go to www.mits.org/summer_institute.htm.  Register by June 1, 2010!

Watershed Ecology Institute – A ten-day Summer Institute for teachers and community leaders will be held July 19-23 and 26-30, 2010, at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, N.H. This course is offered through the University of New Hampshire Division of Continuing Education and taught by staff from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, UNH Cooperative Extension and the N.H. Department of Environmental Services. The class uses watersheds as a framework for studying wetlands, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and estuaries. In addition to extensive background information, participants will get a host of curriculum materials and activities for the classroom. Ideal for science educators, youth leaders and community planners such as Conservation Commission members.  College credit and tuition assistance are available. For the 2010 registration brochure, visit www.wildnh.com/Education/ed_calendar.htm. For more information, call Fish and Game Aquatic Resources Education at 603-271-0456 and ask for Judy Tumosa, or email judy.l.tumosa@wildlife.nh.gov.

For more information on educational resources for teachers available from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, visit www.wildnh.com/Education/education.htm.

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