The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 20, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Learn to respect wildlife


Project WILD

All of our Valley's schools have let out for the summer, but educators and others who work with youth have a chance to continue their learning through wildlife-focused workshops that fulfill federal educational mandates. Project WILD provides conservation education that gives educators the tools that they need to inspire their students to make nature-sensitive choices. Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators nationwide and the activities can easily be incorporated into almost any classroom curriculum.

The "Ever Ready bunny" of conservation education outreach, Theresa Alberici coordinates the program through the Pennsylvania Game Commission. If you're a youth educator of any stripe and if this program sounds good to you, please visit the Game Commission's website at, and click on 2013 Teacher Workshops tab. Here's a sample of the types of Act 48-approved workshops that you can attend:

Wonders of Wetlands will be held on June 26 and 27 on State Game Lands near Waynesburg. Call IU No. 1 at 724-938-8722 or visit to register.

Pennsylvania Biodiversity will be held on June 28 at the Montour Preserve. To register, please contact Jon Beam at or 570-437-3131.

Project WILD will be held on July 19 at the Game Commission's Northeast Region Office in Dallas. Participants may be formal and non-formal educators who want hands-on learning about the state environment and ecology educational standards. Contact Kathy Kelchner at 570-696-9105 or to register.

WILD About Birding will be presented at the Nolde Environmental Center and at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Center on July 22 and 23. To register, contact Bert Myers at or call 717-733-1512.

Monarchs in the Classroom is a great workshop that will be held on August 13th at the Olewine Environmental Center at Wildwood Lake near Harrisburg. During the workshop, educators will learn how to raise monarchs in the classroom to teach students about insect anatomy and life cycle. Contact the Wildwood staff at 717-221-0292 before the Aug. 5 deadline.

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