Conservation workshop for teachers scheduled

PURVIS — Teachers interested in learning more about conservation education
can register for the 50th annual Teachers Conservation Workshop, to be held
twice this summer.

Instructors at the six-day event include foresters from the Mississippi
State University Extension Service, Mississippi Forestry Commission, private
industry and consulting firms, as well as biologists, historians and
landowners. The workshop will be in Booneville at Northeast Mississippi
Community College June 2-7 and in Ellisville at Jones County Junior College
June 16-21.

Teachers, school administrators, youth educators, college students and
others interested in natural resources conservation are invited to apply.
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be certified to teach the
nationally acclaimed environmental education curriculum, Project Learning
Tree.
Activities include forestry field trips, nature walks and water studies.
Scheduled activities begin early in the morning and end at night.

The $100 registration fee includes all meals and lodging, a T-shirt and
course materials. A limited number of registration fee sponsorships are
available through local organizations, such as the county forestry
association and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Deadline for applying is one week before each workshop. Continuing Education
Units are available for an extra charge and with the completion of a final
exam and lesson plan. Academic credits are available through MSU, University
of Southern Mississippi and University of Mississippi. Participants must
attend all scheduled sessions to receive CEUs or academic credit.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Forestry Association in
collaboration with the MSU Extension Service; Mississippi Forestry
Commission; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Mississippi Department
of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information and a registration form, go to
http://www.msforestry.net.