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The Center for Streamside Studies, along with the UW’s Center
for Urban Water Resources Management and the EPA’s Watershed Academy, cosponsored
a one-week watershed training workshop, "Working at a Watershed Level:
basic principles of watershed management," September 20-24, 1999 on the
UW campus. Participants learned about the effects of natural and human disturbances
on watersheds; discussed how watershed analysis and planning can mitigate watershed
disturbances; learned and practiced effective negotiating skills and how to
apply them in water negotiations; visited Seattle area watersheds and stream
restoration sights; learned practices and tools available to prevent or mitigate
ecosystem degradation; and discussed the social and organizational components
of watersheds. CFR faculty Susan Bolton, Rick Edwards, and Clare Ryan were among
the instructors of this well-attended workshop.
The Olympic Natural Resources Center hosted several K-12 programs
during the summer:
- Inquiry-Oriented Instruction, June 21-25,
1999. Thirty-five teachers attended the session sponsored by ONRC, the UW
College of Education, and the UW Office of Educational Outreach and funded
by an Eisenhower Professional Development grant. The program’s objective was
preparing K-12 teachers to teach inquiry-based science as envisioned by the
state’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs). Activities ranged
from keep-ing journals to Web research, nature walks, and physical science
experiments and activities with pendulums, electrical circuits, and plants
and soil. A journal excerpt from a participant:
" ... I don’t think
my kids learn as much in a year as I have learned this week. So what am
I doing wrong? ... I’m not asking probing, thought-provoking questions.
I don’t cause the kids to dig mentally. I do the work, the kids answer
the questions I give them, they do the work, and turn it in. We become
more interested in doing the task. I don’t take the next step to cause
the kids to actually think about what is going on. The thing I will take
home is to GO TO THE NEXT STEP. Thanks for modeling that for me so very
well all week."
- Intersections of Science and Language
Arts, June 29-July 2, 1999. This Institute also addressed the EALRs for language
arts by integrating writing and science. Use of journals and "six trait
writing," was emphasized.
- "Teach the Teachers" Institutes,
July 11-August 14, 1999. Approximately 270 teachers attended these summer
workshops, sponsored by QFC, Seattle Alliance for Education, Compaq, and Microsoft,
designed to give K-12 teachers the skills to incorporate technology into the
- Intersections of Science and Mathematics,
August 23-27, 1999. Sponsored by the Quillayute Valley School District, ONRC,
and the UW College of Education, this Eisenhower Professional Development
grant-sponsored program stressed active learning and the integration of math
into science and language arts.
Pack Forest Outreach
Donna Chapman reports, "We had a busy summer and I led
a variety of groups on educational forest tours. I also hired a seasonal naturalist/wildlife
technician, Amy Jennings, who worked from July 6-September 6, 1999."
In June 1999,
over 260 K-6th grade students and fifteen high school students took all-day
forest tours. In addition a boy scout group completed a service project
In July 1999, tour attendees, included
groups from Thurston County Parks, Girl Scouts, UW English as a Second Language
students, and students from the UW ‘s ‘Science for Success’ program.
During August 1999, we offered two
different programs twice a week: ‘Bats: Gentle creatures of the night,’
and ‘Wildlife: how and why to study populations.’ Forest tours in August
included: Rural Girls in Science, UW Child Development Program, CFR Student
Services personnel, and Thurston County Parks Teen program."
CFR-sponsored outreach programs
- Natural Resources Institute
Module 4: Integrated Problem Solving for Natural Resource Professionals, June
8-17, 1999, at Pack Forest. The course, co-taught by Chad Oliver and Dave
Larson (University of Missouri), covered decision analysis techniques, systematic
approaches to natural resource decisions, landscape patterns, policy perspectives,
and developing stand and landscape alternatives.
- Natural Resources Institute
Module 1: Systems Approaches to Organisms and Communities, September 15-24,
Pack Forest. Taught by CFR and Utah State University faculty, the module concentrated
on the ecology and management of birds, fish, mammals, invertebrates, and
plants. It integrated ecological, physical, and social factors that influence
the survival and growth of individuals and populations. It also provided the
foundation of terminology and concepts associated with the soft systems approach
to decision making.
- Forest Field Ecology
for English as a Second Language Students, August 18-September 17, at Pack
Forest. Forest Ecology for International Students, offered jointly by CFR
and the UW’s English as a Second Language Program (ESL), was held August 18-September
17, 1999 at Pack Forest. CFR faculty Tom Hinckley and Linda Brubaker, along
with ESL instructors, taught twenty students from Germany, Italy, and Japan.
The students lived and worked at Pack Forest while studying forest ecology
and the English language. In its fourth year, the course continues to attract
an increasing number of applicants. The students "graduated" from
the course on Friday, September 17th with a special salmon dinner and ceremony.
- Conference on Asian Housing,
Sept-ember 15-16, Seattle. Co-hosted by the College’s Center for International
Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) in conjunction with the Continuing Education
Office, and the UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the conference
attracted firms and organizations interested in developing the potential for
US housing and building materials in Asia. Dean Thorud provided the conference
introduction. Bruce Lippke served as a moderator for a panel on economic recovery
prospects and delivered a summary at the close of the conference. Program
development was managed by Ivan Eastin.
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