Covington County Host Teacher Training
by: Patricia Gable, District Education Specialist, SWCD, Covington County, AL
July 31, 2013
NRCS District Conservationist Steve Yelverton welcomed the teachers.
The Covington County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Covington County and Andalusia City Schools to host an inservice that focused on Alabama’s biodiversity and natural resources.
NRCS District Conservationist Steve Yelverton welcomed the teachers and explained the role that NRCS plays in supporting Covington county landowners and actively promoting stewardship of our natural resources.
Twelve teachers from AES, Pleasant Home, Red Level, Straugh High School and W.S. Harlan attended the day long workshop rotating classroom lectures with outdoor and indoor hands on activities. The educators discovered that environmental education connects easily to science, math and language arts.
Doyle Keasal, Conservation Education Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service was the presenter for Project Wild and Project Learning Tree. These activities and materials move easily from paper tasks to fun, active learning situations that can challenge and motivate students.
The teachers were presented with activity guidebooks, USDA-NRCS posters and miscellaneous materials to use in their classroom.
Covington County Chairman and District Supervisor Bill Godwin thanked the teachers for their participation and emphasized the important role teachers play in developing student awareness and appreciation for their state and the world they live in.