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Missouri River Watershed Institute 2019

EDUC 2000

Join us in Dickinson for an opportunity to experience current watershed management and water resource issues along the Little Missouri River. While exploring the issues and identifying solutions, participants will receive real world, user friendly and classroom ready instruction from specially trained Project WET facilitators, resource professionals, and scientists. Participants transfer the institute's field studies to practical classroom applications. Participants will experience hands-on, minds-on learning through a balance of presentations, discussions, activities, field tours, and environmental investigations.


Educators should know, understand or be able to attain the Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand and be able to use, incorporate, and teach institute curriculum materials in a variety of learning situations through a variety of methods.
  2. Have increased knowledge, skills, motivation, and commitment to teach about contemporary North Dakota Little Missouri River watershed issues and concerns.
  3. Understand the economic, science and social issues of Today's North Dakota’s Souris River watershed.
  4. Understand why the Little Missouri River watershed is important to the overall state's social and economic well-being.
  5. Use informational and educational materials and resources on North Dakota's Little Missouri River watershed to supplement institute curriculum (textbooks) in classroom learning situations.
  6. Use critical thinking and information processing skills in developing a journal and study unit of personal North Dakota's Little Missouri River watershed perspectives and classroom incorporation ideas through institute experiences and explorations.

Required Materials:

All required materials are furnished by the Instructor of Record as part of the fee paid by all students. Three Project WET educator curriculum guides will be the primary textbooks (Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, Healthy Water, Healthy People Educator Guide and Field Monitoring Manual and the Discover a Watershed: The Missouri River Guide. A site-specific supplemental water quality field investigations activity booklet will be used during the environmental investigations The author of the Project WET educator curriculum guides is the Project WET International Foundation, an award winning 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of reaching children, parents, educators and community members with water education. The latest editions of the curriculum guides will be used.

"I truly have a new understanding of the Missouri River Watershed, but also have a new appreciation for all aspects of water."

"I loved and enjoyed all of the hands on information that we were given. I really enjoyed all of the different tours we made, each one had a purpose and learning environment. I would strongly encourage everyone to consider taking this class."

"The information provided will be useful (and valuable) in the courses I teach. I enjoyed learning how the government dealt with the tribe in creating Lake Sakakawea. I was able to tie multiple lessons together based on that and WILL use it in my course."

"The course gives such a variety of problems and issues surrounding all aspects of water. The activities were awesome and I will use in my classroom. Great speakers and wonderful organization of such a variety of tours."