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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. Remember that Criteria I workshops must be at least 6 hours long. Shorter or "sampler" versions of these workshops do not count as Criteria I, but may be used in other criteria. 

Can facilitator trainings count for Criteria I workshop credit? A program enrollee may count the facilitator trainings for approved Criteria I electives (workshops that train educators to teach Project WET, PLT, FLP, LEP, etc. to others) for Criteria I Instructional Workshop credit. However, if an enrollee counts a facilitator workshop credit, the corresponding Criteria I elective cannot be used by the same enrollee as a Criteria I. Facilitator workshops can also be used as continuing educatoin credit for those already certified. 

Program providers may submit workshops and courses for Criteria I Elective approval to the Certification Program Manager.

Find out how to become a Criteria I Program Provider

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers and Educators 
United States Environmental Protection Agency, RTP 
Donna Rogers (919) 541-5478
N.C. Division of Air Quality
Keith Bamberger (828) 296-4500
Jonathan Navarro (919) 707-8494 

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's 
Visit NAI's website to see who is certified near you http://www.interpnet.com/NAI/nai/CertPortal/See_Whos_Certified/Certified_Interpretive_Trainers.aspx
(Please check with individual trainers about possible workshop fees)
This workshop qualifies for 20 hours of Criteria I credit. State Parks Basic Interpretive Training is accepted as an equivalent to CIG training.

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

Creek Freaks
Izaak Walton League/NC Cooperative Extension
Diana Rashash (910) 455-0977

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

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. Forest Service 
Hannah Thompson-Welch (919) 857-4847

It's Our Air
N.C. Division of Air Quality, Department of Environmetnal Quality
air.awareness@ncdenr.gov

It's Our Water
N.C. Division of Water Resources, Department of Environmental Quality 
(919) 707-9009

It's Our Water Online Educator Workshop
N.C. Division of Water Resources
(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

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
Enrollees may take more than one of the following versions of PLT for Criteria I credits. For example, it would be
allowable for an enrollee to take a PLT K-8, a PLT High School, and a PLT Early Childhood, all for Criteria I credit. However, note the specifications*
An enrollee may take:
A PLT K-8 OR a PLT K-12 (*but not both, due to overlap in curriculum covered)
A PLT High School (note that High School workshops may be based on one or more topic modules, but only one PLT High School may be used toward Criteria I*.)
A PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood OR a PLT Early Childhood (*but not both, due to overlap in curriculum covered)
The online versions of PLT workshops cannot be used for Criteria I credit, but may be used for Criteria III or Continuing Education Credits for those already certified. 

Renee Strnad (919) 515-5518 
NC State University - Extension Forestry
NC Project Learning Tree Coordinator 
*Note: The online versions of PLT workshops cannot be used for Criteria I credit.

Project WET
N.C. Division of Water Resources

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
Gail Lemiec, (910) 772-0546
gail.lemiec@ncaquariums.com 

NOTE: Shorter 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.

Find out how to become a Criteria I Program Provider