Ag Literacy Program plans teacher workshops

Ag Literacy Program plans teacher workshops

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The Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program is now registering teachers for two June workshops.

A Project WET workshop for K-12 teachers will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, at the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, located at 220 North Broad in Carlinville. Project WET is an interdisciplinary program featuring hands-on learning activities on topics such as properties of matter, cycles, seasons, weather, climate, ecology, human impacts and more. The activities are correlated to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

All participants will receive an activity guide, six hours of hands-on activities, a tour of a local water-related site, six professional development hours, lunch and snacks. Registration costs $40 for those who sign up by May 1 and $45 after that date.

“Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children” and “Project Learning Tree Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood” trainings for preschool through second grade teachers will be held Thursday, June 29, at the Macoupin County Farm Bureau. The first workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from 1-3 p.m.

“Growing Up WILD” uses activities and experiences to help children explore wildlife and the world around them while building social and cognitive skills. The Project Learning Tree training will help teachers bring nature into early learning classrooms.

Participants will earn professional development hours for each training attended. Early bird registration by May 1 is $30 for “Growing Up WILD” and $20 for the Project Learning Tree workshop. The fee covers the cost of an activity guide.

Brochures and registration forms for both workshops are available at web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/macoupinaglit. For more information, contact Connie Niemann at (217) 854-9604 or cniemann@illinois.edu.