Schedule Your Own Workshop in these Award Winning Curricula
Kosciusko SWCD has trained staff to facilitate workshops for the following natural resource themed programs: Project WILD and Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project Learning Tree Early Childhood, WOW-Wonders of Wetlands, Healthy Water-Healthy People, Hoosier Riverwatch, and The Leopold Education Project. These workshops are for educators interested in enhancing their natural resource knowledge and participants come away with curriculum guides full of activities. Students love these programs! Most workshops are 6-8 hours. Most are correlated to educational standards and STEM.
Workshops are conducted periodically by the SWCD, but workshops can also be scheduled by request.
Project WET (K-12)
Project WET uses water as its connector for natural resource themes, teaching about water resources through hands-on, investigative, easy-to-use activities. Some topics covered include: physical and chemical characteristics, life processes, connecting Earth processes, surface and groundwater, the water cycle, use and management.
Healthy Water, Healthy People (K-12)
This curriculum is the water quality education component to companion Project WET. Its purpose is to raise awareness of water quality topics by demonstrating the relationship of water quality to personal, public, and environmental health. It provides the opportunity to explore these topics in an interactive, easy-to-use, hands-on format.
Project WILD and Aquatic WILD (K-12)
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The goal is to assist students of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to result in information decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.
Growing Up WILD (Ages 3-7)
This curriculum is an offshoot of Project WILD and is geared specifically to pre-school aged students. Wildlife themed units include ideas for: vocabulary building, healthy habits, math, art, music and movement, and take home connections.
Project Learning Tree (K-12)
Project Learning Tree helps young people learn how to think not what to think, about environmental issues. It uses the forest as a window on the world to increase knowledge, stimulate critical and creative thinking, and to develop the ability to make informed decisions.
Project Learning Tree for Early Childhood (Ages 3-7)
Because exploring nature is a complete sensory experience, early experiences with nature excite children’s imaginations and foster their sense of wonder and curiosity. This curriculum is specifically designed for pre-school aged youngsters. Each unit in the curriculum includes ideas for: outdoor experiences, art, music and movement, healthy snacks, math, reading and learning centers.
WOW-Wonders of Wetlands (K-12)
This curriculum provides a variety of ideas for teaching about wetlands and the valuable connections to our surface and ground water resources. The program provides background information for knowledge building, as well as, many activities to demonstrate wetland’s unique characteristics.
Leopold Education Project (K-12)
This program is a conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold. It uses Leopold’s writings as a springboard for engaging students in a natural science curriculum. The essays are beautifully written by Leopold, credited as being the father of ecology. Emphasis is placed on the connectedness of our natural systems.
Hoosier Riverwatch (18 and older)
This program is a volunteer water monitoring training. Participants in this program learn how to conduct water assessments through physical features, biological sampling and chemical testing. During the training, participants learn how to conduct the tests in a classroom and stream setting. Once trained, vounteer monitors can enter data on the state website.