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Course Syllabus
Fish & Wildlife Management for Educators
3 credits (1 week, residential setting, at least 45 contact hours) -
1 credit = 15 contact hours
Alison Thomas
Meeting dates and times:
July 1
Aug 9
, 2013. Class meets July 14 – 19.
Green Mountain Conservation Camp: Buck Lake, Woodbury, VT
Course Description:
This course takes a hands-on, experiential approach to teaching pre-kindergarten throughtwelfth grade educators about fish and wildlife management. Educators receive certifications in Project and AquaticWILD and Project Learning Tree, get the opportunity to listen and discuss natural resource issues with the Agency of Natural Resources Secretary and the Department Commissioners, and do field exercises with fisheries and wildlifebiologists.
The goal of the course to have educators receive an appreciation and basic awareness of Vermont wildlife andtheir habitat needs, and in turn share this knowledge with their students. The course is designed to meet many of Vermont’s teaching standards for science, math, language arts, history, physical education, and social studies.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, participants will…1. Participate in all of the field and on-site activities and discussions.2. Complete the full three hours of Project WILD and Project Learning Tree workshop requirements sothey can receive their certifications.3. Submit a final version of their Wildlife Curriculum project to the instructor by August 9
, 2013.4. Current wildlife research must be utilized to inform the creation of the content in the WildlifeCurriculum project.
General Course Information
Course Policies/Expectations:
All course participants must participate in all activities and discussion during the course. They must complete theWildlife Curriculum project by August 9
, 2013. These requirements must be met in order to receive 3 graduate-levelcredits.
Attendance Expectations:
Participants are expected to attend the full course from Sunday, July 14
until Friday, July 19
, 2013. Thiscourse is administered at Green Mountain Conservation Camp: Buck Lake in Woodbury, VT, and it isresidential in nature. Participants are expected to reside at Buck Lake for the duration of the course. Classesgenerally begin between 8:00am – 9:00am and end between 8:00pm and 9:00pm.
Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
Contributions in Class:
Participants will participate in the activities and discussions that occur both in thefield and on-site at Buck Lake during the entire course.
Academic Honesty & Professionalism:
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “AcademicHonesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the following website.http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf ).
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from theACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services theyprovide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: access@uvm.edu, Instant Messenger: UVM access. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment.
Required and/or recommended readings:
Pre-Course Reading (Required)
1. Defusing Environmental Education: An evaluation of the critique of the environmental education movement 
by Gregory Smith2.
Fisheries Management Principles 
by Harry Everhart3.
Forestry for Neophytes 
by Malcolm Franz4.
Nature Vs Human 
Reprinted from New Jersey Outdoors5.
Politics of Environmental Education 
by Robert Holsman6.
Public Trust Doctrine 
from The Wildlife Society7.
Reflections on “Environmental Education: Promise and Performance” 
by Deborah Simmons8.
Some Ecological Principles 
prepared by Mark Scott, VT Fish and Wildlife Department9.
Staying Connected Initiative 
from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
10. Steadfast to the ABC’s of EE 
by Dan Sivek11.
The Future of Public Trust 
by John Organ and Shane Mahoney12.
The Importance of Diversity 
by Terry Lawson Dunn13.
The Place You Call Home 
by Chuck Wooster14.
Thinking like a Mountain 
excerpt from A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold15.
Value of No American Model F&W 
prepared by Joanna Prukop and Ron Reagan16.
What is Wildlife Management? 
Chapter 1, Principles of Wildlife Management, 5
Post-Course Handouts(Recommended)
1. A Place you Call Home2. Wetlands Fact Sheet3. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement History4. Habitat Analysis Field Sheet5. Warming Up to Getting Wild6. Vermont’s Largest Trees7. Wetland Field Trip to Woodbury Wetland
8. Ken Cox Lecture – “A Simple Population Dynamics Model for Ruffed Grouse”9. Key to The Freshwater Macroinvertebrate Fauna of New England10. Guide to The Identification of Many of the Common Fishes of Vermont11. An Example of Ruffed Grouse Population Dynamics (Do not sent this year)12. VPA – Fact Sheetsa. Vermonters and Wildlife Habitatb. Vermonters and Wetlands13. Macroinvertebrate Taxa Groups14. Studies in Freshwater Fishery Biology – Stream Survey15. Ecology Notes16. Fisheries Management Exercise – (updated yearly by Rod Wentworth)17. A List of Fishes Occurring In Vermont18. Species Spotlight: Aldo Leopold19. National Wetlands Inventory Map in Vermont20. Fish & Wildlife Timber Sale21. Healthy Rivers22. How A Dam Affects a River23. State of the Lakes24. Fowl Weather – Times Argus Article25. VT Significant Wetland Inventory Maps26. Water Quality Division Website Home Page27. Landowner’s Guide to Wetlands28. VT Wetland Evaluation Form29. VT Rapid Habitat Assessment Field Data Sheet – High Gradient Streams/ Low Gradient30. T & E Native Animals of Vermont (Nongame & Natural Heritage Program)31. T & E Native Plants of Vermont (Nongame & Natural Heritage Program)32. Vertebrates of Vermont33. Vermont Wetlands – Values and Conservation34. Black Bear Fact Sheet
Week-by-Week Reading Rubric:
This course is at least eight hours a day for one week, and administered in a residential camp setting. Thereading primarily happens before and after the course, because during the week the participants are involvedin discussions, lectures, field work, and other course activities and projects.
Electronic Submissions/Internet Use:
- If applicable
Participants will be submitting their WildlifeCurriculum project to me, Ali Thomas, via email one month after the course ends (August 9
, 2013).
Student Evaluation/Assessment
Project/Activity/Assignment Points Total Course Percentage
Participation 60 20%Certifications 20 20%

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