Workshops and Field Trips for Teachers
Nature Bulletin No. 534-A Septmeber 7, 1974
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
George W. Dunne, President
Roland F. Eisenbeis, Supt. of Conservation
WORKSHOPS AND FIELD TRIPS FOR TEACHERS
The Forest Preserve District, as a part of the educational program
conducted by its Department of Conservation, again is offering a series
of three-day workshops and another of one-day field trips, during this
school year, for teachers in the schools of Chicago and suburban Cook
Only a few decades ago, most Illinois people resided on farms or in
small towns. They lived close to the soil. From childhood they had
been so familiar with the out-of-doors that special schooling in
ecology, plant life, wildlife and land management seemed superfluous.
Since those days, urban areas have grown enormously while rural
populations have dwindled to a small fraction of the total. These urban
dwellers are just as dependent upon the land and its natural resources
as is the farmer or the small town businessman. Environmental
education and an understanding of the vital needs for wise use of our
natural resources have become increasingly necessary as integral parts
of the educational processes at all levels.
The Forest Preserve District, in cooperation with the public and
parochial school systems of Chicago and Cook County, has developed
a broad program of outdoor education. An essential part is devoted to
encouraging schools to make more and better use of the 64,000 acres
of preserves. Such use is growing from teacher participation in field
trips and demonstrations offered by a training program which has
three phases -- summer courses for college credit, three and five day
workshops, and one-day field trips .
As announced in the "box" at the foot of this bulletin, the Forest
Preserve District is offering three 3-day and two 5-day workshops at
Camp Sagawau this autumn. These are conducted through the
cooperation of the Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools and the
Cook County Superintendent of Schools.
Reservations for one-day field trips by groups of teachers, during this
autumn or next spring, may be made now by arrangement with our
office. Such trips have proven an effective way to give large numbers
of teachers a brief introduction to the out-of-doors and the many ways
in which the Forest Preserve District's natural areas can be utilized for
classroom instruction. In the suburban public schools and the
parochial schools the dates are usually chosen on days set aside as
"institute' or "in-service training days. .
On a typical day, two or more naturalists spend the day with the
teachers in the field. Their objective is a well-rounded approach to the
natural history, an opportunity to collect teaching materials, and
suggestions for field trips and classroom projects. School aquariums
and terrariums, geology, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, aquatic
life, waterfowl and other wildlife are seen and discussed on leisurely
walks and a visit to one of our nature centers. At noon, all eat paper-
bag lunches .
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