In 2019, we facilitated several AL Rivers Educator Workshops, based on the book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge by Dr. Bill Deutsch, funded by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
Due to the high interest in the workshops, we were able to secure funding for more workshops and a second edition of the Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers curriculum from MidSouth RC&D. Unfortunately, the three workshops planned in 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID. Needless to say, we were so excited to be back at it again with an Alabama Rivers Educator Workshop at Cheaha State Park on October 2!
The group included a variety of educators teaching a broad diversity of subjects, including Math, History, Science, Language Arts, and 4-6 grade 4-H. We were also joined by Cheaha’s Assistant Park Naturalist, Noel Lashley.
Here’s a snapshot of our day!
The afternoon featured a wonderful guided hike by Cheaha’s Park Naturalist, Mandy Pearson
To date, a total of eight workshops have been facilitated around the state, reaching more than 120 educators. Within just the first few months following the 2019 educator workshops, over 1,000 students had been reached. Although COVID may have slowed educators down a bit with the delivery of the curriculum, it seems safe to assume that the number of students reached has at least doubled since that time.
Alabama Rivers Educator Workshops are open to educators including teachers, volunteers, and informal educators. Those who complete the training will be able to use the curriculum with their students or groups and share it with other educators!
If you are interested in participating in an Alabama Rivers Educator Workshop, keep an eye on our Events Calendar and make sure you are subscribed to the AWWareness Newsletter so you are notified when a workshop is scheduled!