GREENVILLE, Pa.—Early Childhood/Special Education majors at Thiel College are now certified in two nationally renowned programs, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD.
Thiel College partners with Pymatuning State Park Environmental Education Specialists, Emily Borcz and Jared McGary, to make these dual certifications possible. These instructors provide opportunities for Thiel education majors to enter their teaching careers with abundant resources and knowledge in environmental education. All curriculum materials in these workshops are backed by sound educational practices, theory and represent the work of many professionals within the fields of education and natural resource management from across the country.
Project WILD is a hands-on, wildlife-focused conservation education curriculum and activity guide for K-12 educators and their students. It encourages students to develop an awareness and understanding of wildlife. This program encourages participants to take responsible actions towards people, wildlife, and wildlife habitat. One of the Project WILD lessons occurred in the Little Shenango River near the college campus. Students waded into the waters, made observations, conducted research, and collected samples.
Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, Project Learning Tree uses the forest as a “window on the world” to help young people learn how to think—not what to think—about complex environmental issues. Among the lessons, Thiel students observed habitat and identified trees from a kayak on the lake.
Project WILD seeks to increase teacher and student knowledge about wildlife and the environment. This program encourages participants to take responsible actions towards people, wildlife, and the environment.
One of the Project WILD lessons occurred in the Little Shenango River near the college campus. Students waded into the waters, made observations, conducted research and collected samples.
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