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1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
Fax: (614) 486-9614

Educator Workshops, Classes & Trainings

Wading Thru Watersheds Teacher Workshop Description:

We’re going virtual to learn about watersheds!  This Teacher Workshop takes us via ZOOM from the classroom to the field as we Wade Thru Watersheds to discover what they are and why they are important. From biological communities to the ways our actions impact the health of our local waterways, participants will dive into content through hands-on investigations and scientific field techniques. Featuring interdisciplinary lessons/learning activities, participants will explore the ways science, art, literacy and math can be integrated to connect classroom content to our local community/environment. 

Guest presenters for this workshop include:

Shelly Casto, Executive Director of Highland Youth Garden &Former Director of Education at Wexner Center for the Arts at OSU

Jessica Fries-Gaither, Director of Studies, & Lower School Science Teacher at Columbus School for Girls; Author Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings & Exemplary Evidence: Scientists and Their Data

Chris Yoder, Research Director at Midwest Biodiversity Institute

Staff from the Museum of Biological Diversity, The Ohio State University

Please note: The majority of instruction will be presented virtually through ZOOM, with the exception of one in-person electrofishing field experience (depending on the current status of COVID-19).  In order to practice safe social distancing, workshop participants will be divided into one of three small groups for an outdoor electrofishing field experience on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon.  During the in-person field experience, participants will be required to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings at all times.  Participants should also be prepared for outdoor conditions, wading into water and moderate physical activity.  For those that are not comfortable participating in the field experience, accommodations will be made for virtual access to the presented content.  

The registration fee does include workshop materials.  Participants will have the opportunity to pick-up their workshop materials from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s office prior to the start of the workshop.  Additional details will be provided once registered.  

Workshop Dates/Times:

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:30-11:30 AM via ZOOM (All Workshop Participants) 1:00-5:00 PM Electrofishing in the Field (Small Group #1)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 8:30-11:30 AM via ZOOM (All Workshop Participants) 1:00-5:00 PM Electrofishing in the Field (Small Group #2)

Friday, August 7, 2020 8:30-11:30 AM via ZOOM (All Workshop Participants) 1:00-5:00 PM Electrofishing in the Field (Small Group #3)

*2 Additional hours of self-guided macroinvertebrate field work will be required between Tuesday, August 4th and Friday, August 7th.  Details and expectations about self-guided field work will be provided during the first day of the workshop to provide ample time for completion. Participants should be prepared for outdoor conditions, wading into water and moderate physical activity for this assignment.

Registration Cost:

  • $35 payable to Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • 1 semester hour of credit is also available for this course through Ashland University for an additional $190

Registration:

  • Participants interested in taking this course for university credit should complete their registration and payment ($190) through Ashland University Founders school of Continuing education at https://www.ashland.edu/coas/node/132381

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Cancellation Policy:

It is Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s policy not to refund registration fees, money received for products (trees, rain barrels, guides, etc.) or fees for service unless there is an error on our part. Any requests for exceptions to this policy need to be forwarded to the Director for final resolution. Any exceptions will carefully balance need for full accountability of public funds with need for good public relations.