PORTER | Last summer, two teachers, Stephanie Crook, of Hebron High SchooL, and William McCullom, of Whiting’s George Rogers Clark High School, interned through the National Park Service’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Crook and McCullom will host a workshop for teachers and other educators who are interested in incorporating the Indiana Dunes into their lesson plans. They will share highlights from the programs they created while at the park including a bio-caching activity and a self-guided program using the park.
The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. The workshop does require pre-registration through the Dunes Learning Center’s website at www.duneslearningcenter.org and a $20 fee to cover lunch and take-home materials.
The workshop will also share information on the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program that gives educators an opportunity to participate in an internship at a national park during summer break. Interns earn a stipend, learn about the park’s resources, and help the park with a variety of educational endeavors.
A listing of other educator workshops can also be found on the website. The next one will be Jan. 25 focusing on the Department of Natural Resources project, Flying WILD. Participants will learn educational activities that explore the avian world.