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Criteria I Workshops and Courses

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About Criteria I Workshops

Criteria I Workshops should provide educators with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities needed to deliver high-quality environmental education programs to children and adults and should be a true "train-the-trainer" workshop. These workshops are designed for the professional development of environmental educators who work in both non-formal and formal educational settings and who offer a wide range of programming for all grade levels and for adults. Criteria I workshops should go beyond the instruction of nature or science content knowledge and provide participants with teaching skills, methods and resources for educating the public in the classroom, in the outdoors and in nonformal settings such as nature centers, parks and museums.

Workshop sponsors must be affiliated with an established environmental education facility, organization or agency. Facilitators of Criteria I Workshops should model professional standards in the field of environmental education as defined by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). NAAEE's Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators will be used as a framework for evaluating workshops submitted for consideration for Criteria I status.

The following list of workshops and courses has been reviewed and approved by the Environmental Education Certification Committee for completing eligibility criteria for instructional workshops. Although approval of workshops does not hinge on a balanced presentation of alternative points of view, workshop sponsors should, in their presentations, promote informed, objective decision-making. Candidates for North Carolina Environmental Education Certification should consider a variety of experiences that will broaden their range as environmental educators.

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Required Criteria I Workshops

 

A total of 70 hours of workshops from the list of Criteria I Approved Workshops and Courses and a maximum of 10 hours per workshop.

The 70 hours of workshops needed to fulfill the Criteria I section may be taken in any order. It is recommended that you attend at least one or two workshops before you attend the Methods of Teaching EE required workshop. NOTE: The Basics of EE is required before you can attend the Methods of Teaching EE (see below).

The following two workshops must be taken by Each candidate as part of the 70 hour requirement:

1. Basics of Environmental Education. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs (10 hours)
An independent Study Course. This workshop is a prerequisite for anyone taking the Methods of Environmental Education. Coursework must be submitted and approved before enrolling in Methods of Teaching EE. Follow this link to the course materials

2. Methods of Teaching Environmental Education. A 10-hour workshop offered three to five times a year at locations around the state. All upcoming dates will be posted on the Office EE Calendar and to the NC-EE Listserv.

*There are a select number of university courses that have been approved as an equivalent for the Methods of Teaching Environmental Education Workshop. All enrollees are required to complete the Basics of Environmental Education. Contact the office at eecertification@lists.ncmail.net for further information.

The additional 50 hours of Criteria I credit can be earned by taking any of the workshops from the list of approved workshops. See list below.

Please submit your documentation of participating in each workshop on an EE Form, or submit a photocopy of the workshop certificate and attach it to an EE Form.

Note: To be eligible for consideration as a Criteria I Workshop, agencies/organizations (sponsors) must submit their workshop by completing the Instructional Workshop Sponsor Information Packet. Go here for more information on how to become a program provider.

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Elective Criteria I Workshops

The additional 50 hours of Criteria I credit can be earned by taking any of the workshops from this list.

Program providers may submit workshops and courses for Criteria I Elective approval to the Certification Program Manager. For more information go to sponsor a workshop

Air Quality Workshops for Elementary, Middle and High School
United States Environmental Protection Agency, RTP
Donna Rogers (919) 541-5478

Aquatic WILD
Division of Conservation Education
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Tanya Poole (828) 329-3472

CATCH
Division of Conservation Education
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Tanya Poole (828) 329-3472

Certified Interpretive Guide Training
National Association for Interpretation
For Certified Interpretive Trainers in North Caroina visit
http://www.naimembers.com/public/cert_listing.cfm?cert_level=4&sort=r
For a calendar of scheduled workshops, visit
http://www.interpnet.com/nai/Certification/Certification_Calendar/nai
(Please check with individual trainers about possible workshop fees)

Coastal Explorations for the Class and Field
N.C. Coastal Reserve/N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve
Lori Davis (252) 838-0885

Earth Partnership for Schools
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Grant Parkins (919) 962-2887

EELE: Alpine Forest (Environmental Education Learning Experience) Mount Mitchell State Park
N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
Sean Higgins (919) 715-0047

EELE: Living Waters (Environmental Education Learning Experience) Eno River State Park
N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
Park office (919) 383-1686 or Sean Higgins (919) 715-0047

EELE: One of a Kind (Environmental Education Learning Experience) Lake Waccamaw State Park
N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
Park office (910) 646-4748 or Sean Higgins (919) 715-0047

EELE: Sea Turtle Treks (Environmental Education Learning Experience)
Hammocks Beach State Park
N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
Park office (910) 326-4881 or Gene Peacock (919) 778-9488

Far Traveler, Red Wolf Recovery Workshop
Red Wolf Coalition
Kim Wheeler 252-796-5600

Feed the Bin
Wake County Solid Waste
Rebecca Dunstan (919) 856-2602

Flying Wild
Division of Conservation Education
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Tanya Poole (828) 329-3472

Ground Level Ozone - Advanced Air Quality
Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center
National Park Service
Susan Sachs (828) 926-6251

Growing Up WILD
Division of Conservation Education
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Tanya Poole (828) 329-3472

Interpretation: A Teachable Art
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Investigating Your Environment
N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Chris Carlson (919) 857-4801 ext. 4819

It's Our Water
N.C. Division of Water Resources
Holly Denham (919) 715-5433

It's Our Water Online Educator Workshop
N.C. Division of Water Resources
Holly Denham (919) 707-9009 or iowcoordinator@itsourwater.info

Leopold Education Project
Rob Hawk
Area Specialized Extension Agent, Community Development and Natural Resources
Haywood County Coop Ext.
Waynesville, NC
(828) 456-3575, robert_hawk@ncsu.edu

Population Education
Carol Bliese
Director of Teacher Programs
Population Education
cbliese@populationconnection.org

POW! The Planning of Wetlands
Environmental Concern, Inc.
Workshops scheduled by request
Sarah Toman Hilderbrand (410) 745-9620

Project Food, Land and People
N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation
Sandra Weitzel (919) 715-6680

Project GLOBE: Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment
Alisa Wickliff (704) 687-8818

Project Learning Tree
PreK-8
High School
PreK-12
Early Childhood
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Renee Strnad (919) 515-5518
NC State University - Extension Forestry
NC Project Learning Tree Coordinator

Project Underground
Carol Zokaites (540) 381-4057

Project WET
N.C. Division of Water Resources
Holly Denham (919) 715-5433

Project WILD
Division of Conservation Education
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Tanya Poole (828) 329-3472

Rare Plants of North Carolina
Herbarium, Department of Plant Biology, N.C. State University
Dr. Alexander Krings (919) 515-3436

Sea Turtle Exploration Curriculum Workshop
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Megan Ennes, (910) 458-8257
NOTE: Sorter versions of this workshop are offered, but
the Criteria I credit workshop must be at least 6 hours long.
Please confirm with the faciltator before registering that the
version offered is the full Criteria I.

Southern Appalachian Aquatic Natural History Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Southern Appalachian Birds
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Southern Appalachian Ecology
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Southern Appalachian Mammals
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Southern Appalachian Plants
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Southern Appalachian Reptiles and Amphibians
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
John DiDiego (865) 448-6709

Where Is Away?
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Renee Strnad (919) 515-5518

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
Environmental Concern, Inc.
Workshops scheduled by request
Sarah Toman Hilderbrand (410) 745-9620

Program providers may submit workshops and courses for Criteria I Elective approval to the Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs. For more information go to program providers.