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August 2011 Archives

Fireflies Research Team featured in Duluth News Tribune

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The 4-H Fireflies team were featured in the Duluth News Tribune for their participation in the Driven to Discover: Enabling Youth Inquiry Through Citizen Science. Members of this team are in their second year of monitoring and studying Monarchs as part of the program. Access the article at http://goo.gl/ThZRk.

Driven to Discover is a National Science Foundation funded program that involves middle school students in asking scientific questions, designing and conducting their own research, and improving their understanding of science through participation in citizen science. Educators across MN will be trained to successfully lead these student experiences. You can learn more about this project at http://www.extension.umn.edu/citizenscience/about.html

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 8-12-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated. Visit www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org to learn more about this program.

Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information in their regions. Instructors and other partners can post to the blog. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.

Oberhauser.jpegOberhauser-1.jpegCongratulations to Karen Oberhauser, Extension specialist in fish, wildlife and conservation biology, and Andrea Lorek Strauss, Extension educator in environmental science education. They were selected for the 2011-2012 University of Minnesota Women's Leadership Institute. This program offers University women an opportunity to grow as leaders through self reflection, co-learning and networking with other University women leaders, and meetings with guest speakers.

You can learn more about Environmental Science Education team members at http://www.extension.umn.edu/EnvironEd/programteam.html.

Connecting with Environmental Scientists through Twitter

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University of Minnesota Extension programs in Environmental Science Education focus, in part, on connecting passionate and skillful educators, adult volunteers, and natural resource professionals into rich communities of stewardship and scientific research. Strong ties among these community members are one important way that we build the momentum for individuals to explore, teach about and conserve MN natural resources.

In many ways, however, it is easier than ever to foster a connection with individuals and experts interested in environmental science. In a recent blog post on Environmental Science Masters, author Donald Smith noted 33 environmental scientists worth following on Twitter. These may be an easy and worthwhile start to enriching your connections with networks of stewards.

See the post 33 Environmental Scientists Worth Following on Twitter at http://goo.gl/fg4Oj.

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 7-29-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated. Visit www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org to learn more about this program.

Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information in their regions. Instructors and other partners can post to the blog. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.

University of Minnesota Extension Environmental Science Education programming and staff focus primarily on informal science education. However, we recognize that the boundaries of what encompasses 'informal' vs. 'formal' or 'incidental' education are fuzzy, confusing at times. Can a classroom teacher use 'informal' methods? Is an after-school program more 'informal' or 'formal'? Is the presenter, who lectures youth at a nature-center program, facilitating 'formal' or 'informal' education?

Perhaps each of these situations blends all three types of education. In the current issue of Adult Education Quarterly, author Kaela Jubas describes education as an holistic process. The article Everyday Scholars: Framing Informal Learning in Terms of Academic Disciplines and Skills describes how the learning involved in an everyday activity like shopping can involve each of five themes inherent to education. See http://goo.gl/KPXqz for the abstract.

Jubas' article may be interesting for those of you who, like our ESE team, often find your education programs positioned at the intersections of different types of education.

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