|July 13-18, 2014|
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
The Academy of Natural Resources offers educators the opportunity to learn about Michigan's diverse natural resources, discover current trends in their management and experience activities that bring this knowledge to the classroom. Three separate sections are offered, each with a different emphasis but all benefitting Michigan educators who wish to blend natural resources themes into their school curricula.
This summer's Academy kicks off Sunday, July 13 with check-in at the DNR's popular RAM Center located on the north shore of Higgins Lake. The week concludes Friday, July 18 after lunch.
The price for the entire week which includes 5 nights lodging, 15 meals and all materials is $350. Fill out a scholarship form below and save $100!
One, two or three education credits are available from Ferris State University. Additional costs apply. Approximately 35 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are available through this program.
Be a part of the 2014 Academy of Natural Resources in 3 easy steps:
1) Choose a program option below.
2) Fill out a scholarship application below (save $100 off your registration fee!)
3) Fill out the registration form and submit it with your payment.
Take Your Class on a Field Trip
• Visitor Centers Ten Visitor Centers and Hatcheries statewide offer educational programs for teachers and students. Each highlight a different aspect of Michigan's natural resources, such as sand dunes, forests or fish. These programs are free. Most Visitor Centers require advance reservations for schools and large groups, so be sure to check the "School Programs" section of their web pages.
• Museums The Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing is the flagship the the DNR's historic sites and museums. Be sure to visit the Museum's Education Programs page for information on tours, how to make reservations, online exhibits and more.
• Historic Sites Seven Historic Sites tell the history of our state and its people. These sites are strategically located "where history happened". Educators on site tell the stories of what life was like at that particular location, what events happened there, help students make connections between past and present, and connect these stories to modern day economic, social and political events. Many programs incorporate cross curricular subject areas such as math, science and geography.
• Mackinac State Historic Parks Teachers and students are invited to explore the Mackinac State Historic Parks. Find lesson plans and information on scheduling in-classroom visits, overnight programs, evening programs and site tours.
Resources for the Classroom
• Add this page to your favorites: www.michigan.gov/dnrteachers
Attend a Teacher Workshop
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for teachers, including programs on topics like fish,
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• Academy of Natural Resources The Academy of Natural Resources offers educators the opportunity to learn about Michigan's diverse natural resources, discover current trends in their management and experience activities that bring this knowledge to the classroom. During this week-long workshop in the summer, four separate sections are offered, each with a different emphasis but all benefitting Michigan educators who wish to blend natural resources themes into their school curricula.
• Fish Teachers attend a one-day workshop in the fall to learn how to raise Chinook salmon with their students in their classroom, and release them into a nearby river in the fall. The Salmon in the Classroom program is the seemingly limitless subject matter that can easily cover benchmarks in mathematics, social studies, language and arts, history and, of course, science. Teachers receive a Salmon in the Classroom teacher's manual full of instructions, helpful tips and lesson plans, plus ongoing support from DNR staff to ensure a great learning experience for your students.
• Archery Physical Education teachers can become basic archery instructors and introduce target archery in physical education classes through the National Archery in the Schools Program. To date, over 560 schools representing 74 counties statewide have adopted the program. Nationwide 3 million students have safely participated in the program. Find out how your school can get involved!
• Trees A program of the American Forest Foundation, Project Learning Tree provides environmental and outdoor education training and materials designed around hands-on activities for pre-K through 12th grade.
• History Teachers learn about the Michigan Historical museum and its resources to develop a unit of study, including activities, resources and museum support needed to bring their students back to the museum for their own Big History Lesson week. The workshop emphasizes object-based learning, thematic study and the use of community resources as teaching and learning tools.
• Wildlife Programs in your Classroom If you have ever wondered about all the remarkable wildlife found in Michigan, wonder no more! The DNR Wildlife Division offers a variety of hands-on educational programs about Michigan's amazing wildlife, free of charge! Programs are designed to meet standards set by the state board of education, and can also be adjusted specifically by request.