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Teachers prepared to bring the Great Basin to the classroom

By Bob Conrad

BLM news release:

Wheeler Peak at Great Basin National Park. Image from http://www.nps.gov/grba/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm

Wheeler Peak at Great Basin National Park. Image from the National Park Service

ELY — This fall, 24 Nevada and Arizona teachers will pass on to their students lessons learned at the Great Basin Teachers Workshop, Project Biology “Life in the Great Basin”, hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District in July.

Teachers attending the workshop spent five days at and around Camp Success high in the Schell Range, about 30 miles east of Ely. The teachers spent one day at the Great Basin National Park, and other field trips were mixed in with hands-on learning in camp. The workshop themes rotate yearly among the topics of biology, archeology and geology in the Great Basin.

The BLM, Great Basin National Park, U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, Timberline Outfitter Guide Service, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sponsor the workshop and provide instruction. This year’s teacher participants received scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to help pay for their attendance to the workshop. This
partnership of trained professionals and experts in particular biological subjects provides teachers with the basics of biology, land use ethics, contemporary issues, and the importance of preserving biological resources on public lands. The goal is to enable the educators to take that knowledge and understanding of the Great Basin back to their classroom and students.

This year, teachers from Ely, Elko, Fallon, and Las Vegas, Nev., and Glendale, Ariz., attended the workshop. Teachers may earn graduate credits from Utah State University for their attendance at the workshop.

For information or to register for the 2010 program “The Archeology of the Great Basin,” scheduled for July 18-23, contact Martha Braddock, BLM Ely District teachers workshop coordinator, at 775-289-1802 or e-mail [email protected]

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