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Geographically Fit 2018 (The Environment: Our Essential Resource)

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Jeff Beck

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Thursday, August 02, 2018

July 31 {12:30 - 9:00 p.m.}
August 1 {8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.}
August 2 {8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.}

Location: Coal Country Inn, Harmon Street, Stanton, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

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

Course Description:

GeoFIT “The Environment: Our Essential Resource.” The 2018 GeoFIT classroom on wheels will focus on the Missouri River. We will look at the historic, energy, environmental, and economic impact this river has had on our state. This 3 day-two credit class will start at Stanton at the Coal Country Inn. Visits to the Garrison Dam, National Fish Hatchery, Audubon Wildlife Refuge and LEED Center, Knife River Indian Villages, Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Mandan, Cross Ranch State Park, Great River Energy Plant, and State Historical Society of ND will also provide resources. (Two nights of lodging and most meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition for 2 credits is $100, and $100 class fee.

Questions, contact Teacher of Record .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Schwartz-Johnson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (ND Geographic Alliance).


  • Interpret how our environment and man’s interaction with that environment have affect central North Dakota and the business and activities in that part of our state.
  • 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)

About The Instructor

Jeff Beck

Jeff received his M.A. in Technology from Valley City State University and earned his B.A. in History major/Journalism minor from North Dakota State University. Jeff received many awards including the National Geographic Teacher Award - Distinguished Teacher in Geography Education; North Dakota Lignite Council Outstanding Educator Award; KXMC Golden Apple Award and the NDSU North Central Alumni of the Year Award.  He currently is the Coordinator at the North Dakota Geographic Alliance in Minot, ND.

**Registration Instructions:

Registrations will be taken “online” by the ND Geographic Alliance starting March 1 at http://www.ndgeographic.org plus a class fee of $100 payable to NDGA.

To register for NDSU credit, URL will be posted on the NDGA website.