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Professional Development to Feature Three Community Partners

GTSI teachers and all area educators are invited to join us for our next Professional Development day on March 21st, 2013. We are thrilled to showcase three of our Community Partners and their programs for a full day of on-site workshops.

We will begin our day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor’s Center where Chief of Interpretation and Visitor’s Services, Lisa Myers and Park Ranger-Lead Interpreter, Lisa Griebel will give us an orientation to the Visitor’s Center, show us a film on the history and land features of the park and then guide us through a year’s worth of program and activity options for educators including the Invasive Species and Earth Day Clean-up programs, and an interpretive tour of the Glen Haven Historic Village. For more information on SBDNLS.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The afternoon workshop will be held at the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC). Director, Laura Ann Johnson and her staff will orient  participants to the site by providing the history and mission of the LOC, a walking tour of the facilities, and an overview of all program options including sand dune ecology, wildlife biology ropes course, climbing wall and zip-line. During the workshop, participants will get a  first-hand experience with  LOC Team Building activities. For more information on the LOC.

Leelanau Outdoor Center site and activities

During the second half of the workshop, participants will meet the students from the Kingsley Outdoor Adventure Club (ODAC), accompanied by one of their club advisers and Kingsley High School science teacher, Boone Scharp. The Outdoor Adventure Club Program operates with the sole purpose of providing outdoor educational opportunities to students of Kingsley Area Schools. It is the largest program in the high school and is the only public school outdoor adventure program of its kind in the region making Kingsley a regional leader in outdoor education. The students will present the history and mission of the ODAC and then share their outdoor expertise by leading participants through three hands-on outdoor skill stations. Students will also be sharing how participation in the ODAC has positively impacted their lives. For more information on ODAC.

Students of the Kingsley Outdoor Adventure Club

These Professional Development workshops are free to all GTSI teachers. There is a $45 fee per workshop for non-GTSI educators or administrators interested in attending.  Lunch will be provided for participants attending both workshops. SB-CEUs are available.  For more information, workshop agendas, or to register for one or both workshops email Jenifer Strauss, GTSI Program Coordinator, call 231.941.0960 x15, or register on-line.

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