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2011 Wisconsin angler education workshops

April 01, 2011 at 12:21 PM

New Angler Education Instructor Certification Requirements for 2011!

Background checks will be required for adult angler education instructors just like those that have long been required for Hunter Safety instructors and other youth program leaders. The background checks will be administered by the DNR’s Bureau of Law Enforcement and reviewed by Recreational Safety Wardens who are not at liberty to discuss their findings. You may download the Mentor Background Check Form [PDF 93KB] here to begin this process. Thank you for understanding our need to provide another layer of protection to vulnerable populations that attend Angler Education Programs.

At a minimum, these Angler Education training workshops focus on teaching basic spincasting and incorporating related topics in a K-12 curriculum or youth development program. School teachers, fishing club members, and community youth fishing program leaders are invited.

Please check back from time to time for updates to this schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are free of charge and include lunch or dinner, however, we do have a $15 workshop commitment fee to ensure good attendance by registrants. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in so that we may begin on time. If your plans change, please notify us so that we may plan accordingly and refund your workshop commitment fee. Pre-registration is required.

To schedule a volunteer or teacher training workshop in your community, please contact Theresa Stabo, Aquatic Resources Educator, (608) 266-2272. We need a minimum of 8 to 12 adult participants, depending on location, to hold a workshop.
General Angler Education Instructor Training

  Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
  Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Place: WI DNR South Central Headquarters, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road - The Glacier Room.
  Note: Please bring an empty 3-ring binder.
  Registration Form: Download, complete and return the Registration Form [PDF 171KB]
  to Kim Anderson.
  Questons? Contact: Kim Anderson, (608) 261-6431

  Date: Friday, May 13, 2011
  Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Place: Gander Mountain Lodge, 2440 E Moreland Blvd, Waukesha
  Note: Please bring an empty 3-ring binder.
  Registration Form: Download, complete and return the Registration Form [PDF 171KB]
  to Kim Anderson.
  Questons? Contact: Kim Anderson, (608) 261-6431

  Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
  Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Place: Bethel Horizons Camp & Retreat Center, 4651 County Highway ZZ, Dodgeville
  Note: Please bring an empty 3-ring binder.
  Registration Form: Download, complete and return the Registration Form [PDF 171KB]
  to Kim Anderson.
  Questons? Contact: Kim Anderson, (608) 261-6431

Teacher Conferences

Look for us at teachers’ conferences!
Wisconsin AfterSchool Association (WAA) Conference

Date: April 2, 2011
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4402 East Washington Ave., Madison, WI
Fishing is a natural fit for after school programming. Come look for us!
See details and registration information in this conference link: WAA Conference [exit DNR].
Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) Conference

Date: June 27 - 30, 2011 (We will most likely present on June 28; we’ll post a confirmation and more details later this year.)
Place: Hotel Sierra - K-1 Conference Center, Green Bay, WI
Notes: We will present Hook, Line & Thinker, our most recent addition to the Angler Education Program, as well as lessons from our old favorite, Junior Angler.
See details and registration information in this conference link: WAAE Conference [exit DNR].
Spring & Summer Teacher Enhancement Courses

These courses are offered for university credit and provide in-depth explorations of fisheries, aquatic resources and environmental education methods. Field experiences that bring teachers into close contact with Wisconsin’s lakes and streams highlight these courses. Stipends may be available to currrent Wisconsin teachers to help defray teacher expenses.

Wingra Watershed Field Experience

Dates: May 20-21, 2011
Location: Wingra Boathouse, Madison
Credits: Available for 2 to 3 credits through Edgewood College
Course details: This hands-on course is designed for teachers at all levels. Sign up to enjoy on-water experiences to learn abotu the Wingra Watershed from leading educators and biologists in our community. You will leave equipped with resources and knowledge to conduct your own water-based course either at a lake or in the classroom. While Angler Education is not presented at this workshop, other fish-related content will be presented.
Registration: To learn more and to register, go to the Flyer & Registration Form [PDF 256KB]
Questions about course content?
Contact: Wingra Boats [exit DNR].

Exploration of the Mississippi River

Dates: June 26-27, 2011
Location: Wyalusing State Park
Registration Deadline: April 30
Maximum class size: 30 participants
Target Audience: Teachers of students in grades 4 -12
Credits: Option to earn 2 graduate-level credits through Viterbo University
Cost: $280 for credits, plus an $80 registration fee
Course details: Learn about ways to introduce your students to the history and natural wonders of the Mississippi River in this on-river workshop. Participants will learn about the history of the river, its phenomenal diversity, current management practices and issues on the river with Department of Natural Resources researchers, managers and educators. They’ll also learn techniques used to monitor the ecological health of the river, and receive a guide full of activities and background information for teaching about the Mississippi River. The registration fee includes 3 night’s lodging at the Indoor Group camp at Wyalusing State Park, meals, and field trips. The workshop is sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee.
Course Flyer: Exploration of the Mississippi River [PDF,260KB]
Contact: Jeff Janvrin, (608) 785-9005.

Exploring the Great Lakes

Dates: June 20-24, 2011
Location: West Milwaukee Middle School, Milwaukee
Credits: Available for one free graduate credit through Cardinal Stritch
Course details: Join an exploration of the watery world of the Great Lakes and discover ways to integrate Great Lakes activities into your existing curriculum at the Wisconsin Education Innovations (formerly Sally Ride) Academy. This course will provide you with hands-on classroom activities and information from a variety of speakers about the Great Lakes with an emphasis on Lake Michigan ecology and history, aquatic invasive species, climate change and water issues. A field day will give you experience with Lake Michigan aboard the Voyageur and ashore at Lakeshore State Park and Discovery World. During this course you’ll receive a boatload of resources including curriculum and activity guides from Project WET and the Great Lakes Alliances’ Great Lakes in My World, swap activity ideas with other teachers, and maybe even sing a sailor song or two. Activities are compatible with instruction in science, social studies, language arts, environmental education and reading and are great for students of all abilities.
Registration: To learn more or to register, go to the Wisconsin Education Innovations [exit DNR] Web site.
Questions about course content?
Contact: Carrie Morgan,(608) 267-5239.

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