Glacier National Park and the Glacier Institute is partnering with the Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE), to provide a year-long, place-based training opportunity for K-12 educators in the Flathead Watershed; participation is limited to 12 teachers. This professional development training will take place in different geographic locations within the Flathead Watershed. Each session will be interdisciplinary in nature with the same cohort of twelve teachers. A diversity of natural resource land management agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and schools within the watershed are being contacted to provide sessions that will engage teachers and, thus their students, in learning more about the place they live. Please see the information and map of the watershed from the Flathead Watershed Sourcebook to see if your school falls within the watershed before applying for this workshop.
This four part series includes required overnights on these dates and locations:
● Summer Session #1- Why is this place considered wild?
○ Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, Flathead National Forest, 6500 North Fork Road, Polebridge, MT; arriving Monday afternoon on June 24, 2019 and departing Thursday at noon on June 27, 2019.
● Fall Session #2 – Why is Flathead Lake so clear?
○ Flathead Lake Bio Station, Polson, MT; arriving Friday evening September 20, 2019 and departing Saturday afternoon September 21, 2019.
● Winter Session #3 – Why is snow so cool?
○ Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT; arriving Friday evening on January 24 and departing Sunday at noon on January 26, 2020. Shared accommodations at the Inn.
● Spring Session #4 – Why is the Flathead Watershed so vital to our communities?
○ Overnight accommodations TBA near Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, MT; arriving Friday evening on April 17, 2020 and departing afternoon on Saturday April 18, 2020.
There are forty Pupil Instruction Related (PIR) hours/ Office Of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units available for workshop attendees who complete all of the sessions. Thanks to funding from the Glacier National Park Conservancy, room and board will be provided free of charge during all four sessions of the workshop. Due to workshop locations, lodging may be rustic (and shared) and is only available for workshop participants (no additional family members). Participants who complete the workshop may receive up to $200 in mini-grants for classroom lesson implementation.
We are currently (May 2019) soliciting applications for three more middle and high school teachers for this workshop. We are looking for a diverse pool of candidates, in formal school settings, from across all grade levels and across the Flathead Watershed. For more information, visit the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the glacierinstitute.org website, or contact them at email@example.com. If you would like to apply, please click on the “Flathead Watershed through the Seasons” application link. Applications will be accepted until the workshop is full.
Flathead Watershed through the Seasons is modeled after the successful 20 year “Forest For Every Classroom” professional development program. The program engages teachers in place-based education to learn about their area forests.
Flathead CORE Steering Committee Members for planning Flathead Watershed through the Seasons (FWTTS) are from: Flathead Lake Bio Station, University of MT; Flathead National Forest; Forest for Every Classroom Graduates; Glacier Institute; Glacier National Park; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks- Lone Pine State Park; Northwest MT Educational Cooperative; Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.