NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Geographically Fit 2019

EDUC 2000

The environment of North Dakota has offered challenges during the history of the state. How these challenges were meet are a key part to the state’s development. The institute provides experiential learning and resources for curriculum planning and development and how to help foster environmental responsibility of natural resources in stewards of all ages. Educators have an opportunity to expand their content knowledge and study how geology, geography and forests can work together to minimize environmental impacts and land disturbances, as well as improve and protect surface and ground water. The "Environmental Perspectives" institute takes place via on site visits.  Each day will include content rich, hands-on outdoor experiences, individual and group activities. This class will be for 2 credits and have a $100 class fee. Register online at http://www.ndgeographic.org. Contact Jeff Beck 701-240-9231.

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  • Interpret how geology changed the geography of North Dakota throughout time to create the Missouri River drainage system;
  • Evaluate the diversity of native riparian and planted forest ecosystems and their impacts related to water quality and forest health;
  • Analyze human-environmental interactions and the affects – good and bad - on natural resources, our state’s economy and social infrastructure;
  • Empower personal responsibility utilizing creativity and scientific processes.

"There was so much for me to take back to my classroom."

"I learned about the state that I lived in my whole life. It opened my mind to all of the different things ND has. Loved it!"

"Being able to go back and teach students about the importance of preserving and taking care of our material resources."

"I will be able to use the materials and lesson plans in the classroom."

"I learned a lot about trees and geography that I am very excited to share with my students. I am really excited to use the resources I was given."

Required Student Resources:

  • Paper, pencils, pens, highlighters
  • Camera (suggested)