NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Geographically Fit (Forestry Institute for Teachers) 2015

EDUC 600




Instructor: Marilyn Weiser

Grading: Letter

Monday, July 27, 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015

Meet July 27 {8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.}
Meet July 28 & 29 {8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.}
Meet July 30 {8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.} with course completion August 14, 2015

Location: Minot State University, Minot, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

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

Course Description:

The "Energy and Society" workshop will be a four-day, broad-based learning experience via a First Class charter bus. Each day will be spent with content rich, hands-on outdoors experiences, as well as individual and group activities. The journey begins at Minot State University by setting a foundation of where energy comes from and the different sources - nonrenewable and renewable - found and used in North Dakota. A professional geologist will travel on this classroom on wheels and interpret the landscape. Participants will journey through the Bakken oil fields and the US Forest Service grasslands with many experts on board to provide them with information about various agencies, activities, the changing population and challenges on the oil patch. Model lesson plans will be demonstrated at various stops. Teachers will be given the opportunity to network with colleagues from all parts of the state and receive educational materials to utilize when school begins in the fall.


  • Teachers will understand how geology changed the geography of ND throughout time.
  • Teachers will understand that energy comes from many different sources, which can be either nonrenewable or renewable, and all energy resources need to be used responsibly.
  • Describe the diversity of planted and native forest ecosystems, and how woody biomass energy can be burned or converted to gaseous or liquid fuel.
  • Explain human-environmental interaction and the affects - good and bad - on natural resources and our state's economy and social infrastructure. Keep a journal entry of experiences that will enhance classroom instruction.

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.

**Registration Instructions:

This event requires pre-registration. Register online at http://www.ndgeographic.org. For more information contact Marilyn Weiser at 701-721.6248 or Glenda Fauske at 701-228-5446.

Event Registration Fee: $100 payable to NDGA

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