What is the value to working with the K-12 education community?Expanded reach of programming and communication (multiplier...
Demographics - not biased by gender, ethnicity, etc.Able to reach youth without fishing backgrounds“captive” audienceOppor...
Engaging teachers to include outdoor skills in their classes (PE, Ag. andNatural Resources, Science, and others) provides ...
Several years ago, a quick postcard survey was done to get an idea of thedemographics of students (in schools) involved in...
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CE-OS Why Formal Education

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This slide show presents the importance of the partnering of informal programs with formal education organizations to advance the outdoor skills education of our children. Part of a Conservation Education tutorial set on OPEN NH.

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CE-OS Why Formal Education

  1. 1. What is the value to working with the K-12 education community?Expanded reach of programming and communication (multiplier effect)Increased interest in nature-based outdoor recreation (mainstream nature-basedrecreation)Ability to influence context in which outdoor skills are taught to includestewardship and conservation of natural resources.Enhanced communication and rapport with resource users and constituents.Enhanced support – monetary, political, etc. for agency efforts. 1
  2. 2. Demographics - not biased by gender, ethnicity, etc.Able to reach youth without fishing backgrounds“captive” audienceOpportunity to divide topic into more manageable unitsOpportunity to reinforce skills/knowledgeElevates perception of program 2
  3. 3. Engaging teachers to include outdoor skills in their classes (PE, Ag. andNatural Resources, Science, and others) provides several benefits for programcoordinators.1) They typically have at least a BS/BA in education and are trained to teach already2) Formal educators already are familiar with safety/liability issues3) P t of their training includes development of teaching/learning goals and Part f th i t i i i l d d l t f t hi /l i l d objectives – “teaching with the end in mind” versus doing a presentations4) As educators they are familiar with different ways students learn and tactics to help them do so5) Educators remain in the field many years, unlike volunteers who may only be active a few years, especially parents who move on when their children leave a program 3
  4. 4. Several years ago, a quick postcard survey was done to get an idea of thedemographics of students (in schools) involved in the Fish Iowa! fishingeducation module. The survey asked respondents to provide the number ofstudents they worked with and an estimate of the percentage of students inseveral categories. At the time about 6% of Iowans were non-Caucasian.Estimates of total numbers based on number of trained educators x use rate(80%) x average number of students/educator (118) 4

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