Teachers invited to MDC Unhooked Summer Workshop June 25-26 in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, Mo. –  One of the best ways for students to learn about nature is to interact with the outdoors. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites teachers to learn how to bring their classrooms outdoors during a two-day workshop June 25-26 at MDC’s Central Regional Office in Columbia.

Participants will explore the MDC Discover Nature School Unhooked 6th-8th grade curriculum through interactive field experiences. Day one will be in the classroom with some outside activities, while day two will consist of a kayaking trip on the Gasconade River. Educators will participate in lessons and field experiences to use in their classroom for the upcoming year.

“This is a great opportunity for local teachers to learn how to bring their classroom outdoors and teach their students the importance of Missouri’s natural resources,” said MDC Conservation Educator Jenna Stiek.

Nature Unhooked is a middle school aquatic unit and is aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The program is student-centered and has collaborative investigations on the properties of water, water cycle, biotic energy flow, biodiversity, and human impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

Educators must register through the MDC Discover Nature Teacher Portal online at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/45e.

MDC’s Central Regional Office is located at 3500 E. Gans Road. in Columbia.

For more information about the Unhooked Summer Workshop, contact Jenna Stiek at 573-815-7901 ext. 2886 or by email at Jenna.Stiek@mdc.mo.gov.