School Forest

Regional Training Series—Enhancing Outdoor Education Through Technology and Land Management

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Boost your skills to enhance students' outdoor experiences with hands-on lessons using a variety of technology tools. Also, gain a better understanding of how your education and management goals can enhance and sustain your School Forest.

This training is FREE and includes snacks, lunch, and CEU certificates.

Hidden School Forest, Prior Lake
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Bemidji Middle School Forest, Bemidji
Friday, March 28, 2014
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Contact Karen Harrison for more information. Limited sub stipends available.


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Tentative agenda

9:00 Welcome

  • Introduction Activity
  • Forest Management: Education and Management Goals—School Forest Staff
    Presentation, discussion, and work time
  • GPS Lesson
    • Option1: GPS Basics (outdoor session)
        • Prior Lake—Jaime Madson, Rockford Middle School Forest
        • Bemidji—Kurt LongVoelkner, Bemidji Middle School Forest
    • Option 2: GPS/GIS Mapping

11:45 Lunch

  • Share Technology Activities—Bring one or more (activities, apps, ideas, etc.) that utilize technology to share with others.
  • How Technology Fits into Academic Standards— Doug Paulsen, STEM Specialist with Minnesota Department of Education
  • Outdoor Technology Lessons
    • iPads—Charlie Plumadore, Milaca School Forest
    • Prior Lake
      • Option 1: trail cameras—Abbi Case, Oneka-Hugo School Forest
      • Option 2: video editing—Paul Jeffrey, Becker Big Woods School Forest
    • Bemidji
      • Option 1: digital photography (outdoor session)—Stanley Mikles, Hill City School Forest
      • Option 2: trail cameras—Chris Hanson, Dean Makey School Forest
  • Goodbye, Closing, and Evaluations

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