|April 15, 2010
Teacher workshop at National Bison Range
MOIESE — The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Montana Department
of Fish, Wildlife and Parks invite you to spend the day at the National
Bison Range discovering ways to get kids outside using the new Growing
Up WILD curriculum. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 30 from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bison Range. All educators and care providers
working with children ages 3-7 are encouraged to attend.
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that
builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to
explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of
activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early
foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world
and lifelong social and academic skills. The Montana Department of
Fish, Wildlife and Parks coordinates Project WILD training throughout
the state. Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and
environmental education programs among educators of students in
kindergarten through high school.
Western Montana provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy
nature and the outdoors. And it can be as easy as stepping out your
back door. However, a lack of outdoor activity has contributed to a
childhood health crisis with climbing rates of obesity, Type 2
diabetes, ADHD, and depression. Research shows being in nature benefits
physical and mental well-being. When children experience the outdoors
before age 11, it shapes their attitudes about nature as adults.
Connecting people with nature has been an official priority for the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) over the past few years.
So take some time to get out, go wild and attend the Discovery
Workshop at the National Bison Range. Take home ideas and curriculum on
how to get youth excited and into the outdoors.
Teachers are eligible to receive OPI credit for attending the
workshop. Registration is required and all participants must be
registered by April 26 to attend. For more information, contact Pat
Jamieson at the National Bison Range by writing 58355 Bison Range Road,
Moiese, MT 59824, calling 644-2211, ext. 207, or email
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal
agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish,
wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of
the American people. For more information, visit the Service home page