NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Geographically Fit (Forestry Institute for Teachers) 2016

EDUC 600




Instructor: Marilyn Weiser

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 01, 2016 - Thursday, August 04, 2016

Meet August 1 {8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.}
Meet August 2 & 3 {8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.}
Meet August 4 {8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.} with course completion August 12, 2016

Location: , Walhalla, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100 + $25 payable to NDGA

Course Description:

The "Faces and Places" Institute is a four-day, broad-based learning experience in a classroom on wheels; a first class charter bus. The journey begins at Walhalla, ND. This human geography tour will study people from the past and evaluate present day communities, culture and interactions with the forest, riparian and prairie environments in the Pembina Gorge area. Visiting experts and local people will present content rich, hands-on outdoor experiences, individual and group activities while demonstrating environmental stewardship. Model lesson plans will be demonstrated at various stops. Highlights of the tour are to include Icelandic State Park, Tetrault State Forest, Gingras Trading Post and the Pembina Museum. Teachers will also learn about the Canadian, MN and ND Geographic Alliances international OPEN Water Project, an experiential initiative for K-12 students to gather, analyze, share and communicate information about water in the Lake Winnipeg watershed, using elements of geospatial technology, citizen science and critical thinking. Teachers will be given the opportunity to network with colleagues, receive educational materials and discuss integration of all topics into their curriculum.


  • Teachers will use basic geographic concepts of 'who we are, why we live where we do and who cares' to better understand the world around them in group discussion and journal writing;
  • Interpret how geology changed the geography of North Dakota throughout time to create the Pembina Gorge and Red River;
  • 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.

Required Student Resources:

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

About The Instructor

Marilyn Weiser

Marilyn received her M.A. of Applied Geography from Texas State University. She earned her B.S. from Concordia College. Marilyn comes with 43+ years teaching experience and is currently the Coordinator at the ND Geographic Alliance in Minot.

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