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Published January 28 2011

Best practices for field days set Feb. 10 in Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. – Making the most of a field day for students is the topic of a workshop slated for Feb. 10 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The “Best Practices for Field Days” workshop, which focuses on how to maximize the field day experience, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center on the Crookston campus. The $15 registration fee includes lunch.

Field days are community events that bring together professionals, volunteers and teachers with schoolchildren for a day of learning about their environment. In educational field days, students rotate through multiple presentations on environmental topics.

The “Best Practices for Field Days” workshop is designed to help organizers and presenters improve the field experience for students by helping them learn and retain important concepts, plan a comfortable and memorable setting, ensure the day runs safely and smoothly, create more useful evaluations, market an event and to employ designs that help connect youth with nature.

For more information, visit www.extension.umn.edu/FieldDays or contact Jolene Beiswenger at (218) 281-8027.

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and its partners University of Minnesota, Crookston, University of Minnesota Extension, Northwest Regional Development Commission, International Water Institute River Watch, Polk and Mahnomen Public Health Programs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.