Multiple education workshops about various outdoors-related subjects will be offered throughout April in Terre Haute by the Department of Natural Resources as part of the city’s 2013 Year of the River celebration.
The workshops, many of which are free, are education programs presented by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. The programs provide professional training and support for educators and volunteers to promote responsible stewardship of natural resources.
Year of the River provides arts, cultural, environmental and educational events that are focused on the Wabash River, and rivers and water as they affect citizens’ lives.
• Saturday: Project WILD, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Offered at the Girl Scouts Program Center in Terre Haute for a $20 per person fee, Project WILD is an international environmental education program dedicated to facilitating an understanding of basic wildlife and ecology concepts. Using standards-based hands-on activities, this workshop focuses on native Indiana wildlife. Participants receive the Project WILD Terrestrial guide and Aquatic guide during the workshop. You can register in advance at dfwed@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8440.
• April 19: How to Get Families Fishing, 1 to 4 p.m.
Free for anyone interested in getting families fishing at Dobbs Park. Participants receive strategies and materials to conduct a family fishing workshop. A basic knowledge of fish and fishing is recommended. Crew captain status is not required. Advance registration is required at dfwed@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8440.
• April 19: Explore Bowhunting, noon to 6 p.m.
Offered for free at the Girl Scouts Program Center in Terre Haute, Explore Bowhunting teaches students how to interact with the natural world by developing basic skills used to bowhunt, focusing on getting close to animals and appreciation of the outdoors. The workshop is geared to adults who work with children ages 11-17; however, adults who work with younger students also would benefit. Advance registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-234-8440. For more information, contact Amanda Wuestefeld at awuestefeld@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8442.
• April 20: Family Learn to Fish, 9 to noon, and 2 to 5 p.m.
Free for families at Dobbs Park. Families learn basic fish biology and get to practice their angling lessons by fishing an area pond. Children should be at least 6 years old. No fishing experience or license is required. All fishing equipment is provided. Advance registration is required at dfwed@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8440.
• April 27: Project WET, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Project WET is an interdisciplinary water education program. The free, hands-on workshop at the Girl Scouts Program Center will train educators in activities that cover water-related topics. Materials are balanced, non-biased, supplementary and enhance student learning in all subjects and skill areas. Participants will learn about water's value in our lives and humans’ past and present impact on water. Ideas will be shared about how to teach learned activities. Participants receive the new Project WET Generation 2.0 Activity Guide and access to the Project WET Online Resource Portal. Advance registration is required at dfwed@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8440.