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Course Syllabus

Title: Fish & Wildlife Management for Educators Credits: 3 credits (1 week, residential setting, at least 45 contact hours) - 1 credit = 15 contact hours Instructor: Alison Thomas Meeting dates and times: July 1st Aug 9th, 2013. Class meets July 14 19. Location: Green Mountain Conservation Camp: Buck Lake, Woodbury, VT

Course Description: This course takes a hands-on, experiential approach to teaching pre-kindergarten through
twelfth grade educators about fish and wildlife management. Educators receive certifications in Project and Aquatic WILD 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 wildlife biologists.

Goals: The goal of the course to have educators receive an appreciation and basic awareness of Vermont wildlife and
their habitat needs, and in turn share this knowledge with their students. The course is designed to meet many of Vermonts 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 so they can receive their certifications. 3. Submit a final version of their Wildlife Curriculum project to the instructor by August 9th, 2013. 4. Current wildlife research must be utilized to inform the creation of the content in the Wildlife Curriculum project.

General Course Information


Course Policies/Expectations:
All course participants must participate in all activities and discussion during the course. They must complete the Wildlife Curriculum project by August 9th, 2013. These requirements must be met in order to receive 3 graduate-level credits.

Attendance Expectations:
Participants are expected to attend the full course from Sunday, July 14th until Friday, July 19th, 2013. This course is administered at Green Mountain Conservation Camp: Buck Lake in Woodbury, VT, and it is residential in nature. Participants are expected to reside at Buck Lake for the duration of the course. Classes generally 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 the
field 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 Academic
Honesty Policy Procedures delineated in the following website. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf ).

Accommodations:
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS 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 they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (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 Smith 2. Fisheries Management Principles by Harry Everhart 3. Forestry for Neophytes by Malcolm Franz 4. Nature Vs Human Reprinted from New Jersey Outdoors 5. Politics of Environmental Education by Robert Holsman 6. Public Trust Doctrine from The Wildlife Society 7. Reflections on Environmental Education: Promise and Performance by Deborah Simmons 8. Some Ecological Principles prepared by Mark Scott, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 9. Staying Connected Initiative from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department 10. Steadfast to the ABCs of EE by Dan Sivek 11. The Future of Public Trust by John Organ and Shane Mahoney 12. The Importance of Diversity by Terry Lawson Dunn 13. The Place You Call Home by Chuck Wooster 14. Thinking like a Mountain excerpt from A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold 15. Value of No American Model F&W prepared by Joanna Prukop and Ron Reagan 16. What is Wildlife Management? Chapter 1, Principles of Wildlife Management, 5th Edition Post-Course Handouts (Recommended) 1. A Place you Call Home 2. Wetlands Fact Sheet 3. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement History 4. Habitat Analysis Field Sheet 5. Warming Up to Getting Wild 6. Vermonts Largest Trees 7. 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 England 10. Guide to The Identification of Many of the Common Fishes of Vermont 11. An Example of Ruffed Grouse Population Dynamics (Do not sent this year) 12. VPA Fact Sheets a. Vermonters and Wildlife Habitat b. Vermonters and Wetlands 13. Macroinvertebrate Taxa Groups 14. Studies in Freshwater Fishery Biology Stream Survey 15. Ecology Notes 16. Fisheries Management Exercise (updated yearly by Rod Wentworth) 17. A List of Fishes Occurring In Vermont 18. Species Spotlight: Aldo Leopold 19. National Wetlands Inventory Map in Vermont 20. Fish & Wildlife Timber Sale 21. Healthy Rivers 22. How A Dam Affects a River 23. State of the Lakes 24. Fowl Weather Times Argus Article 25. VT Significant Wetland Inventory Maps 26. Water Quality Division Website Home Page 27. Landowners Guide to Wetlands 28. VT Wetland Evaluation Form 29. VT Rapid Habitat Assessment Field Data Sheet High Gradient Streams/ Low Gradient 30. T & E Native Animals of Vermont (Nongame & Natural Heritage Program) 31. T & E Native Plants of Vermont (Nongame & Natural Heritage Program) 32. Vertebrates of Vermont 33. Vermont Wetlands Values and Conservation 34. 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. The reading primarily happens before and after the course, because during the week the participants are involved in discussions, lectures, field work, and other course activities and projects.

Electronic Submissions/Internet Use: - If applicable Participants will be submitting their Wildlife


Curriculum project to me, Ali Thomas, via email one month after the course ends (August 9th, 2013).

Student Evaluation/Assessment
Grading:
Project/Activity/Assignment Participation Certifications Points 60 20 Total Course Percentage 20% 20%

Wildlife Curriculum Project Total

120 200

60% 100%

Description of Class Assignments:


ASSIGNMENT TITLE Wildlife Curriculum Project DESCRIPTION Introduction This program was developed based on the idea that each course needs to be as practical as possible and have an application for future training purposes. This application maybe demonstrated in many ways. The purpose of this brief document is to provide some ideas and ways that those experiences can be applied and developed into a course project. Objectives of Project Each student or group of students demonstrates appropriate skills that reflect their learning from the course experiences as well as the ability to apply current wildlife research to their work. Each student submits a project that meets the criteria described for a graduate-level project. Examples of Ideas for Projects Curriculum developed from some phase of the course that integrates current wildlife research. The curriculum would follow a curriculum model and use wildlife research to inform the creation of the content so that it is defensible. Prepare a series of enrichment activities that could be used in the public schools. The activities must be based on information that was provided during the class as well as current wildlife research, and it could be in the form of learning centers, trivia questions, research topics, foxfire approaches, etc.

Develop on education kit for a particular habitat, fish, or wildlife species which includes facts sheets, student work sheets, etc. The kit must include lesson guidelines that are based on information taken from current wildlife research and applied to the kit materials and activities.

Guidelines for Graduate-Level Projects Complete the project and submit it to Alison Thomas (Alison.Thomas@state.vt.us) by August 9th, 2013. No projects accepted after this date unless there is an emergency situation beyond control of student. Projects should be typed, written without errors in spelling, grammar, syntax and with neatness. Each project must demonstrate that careful thought and depth in the area being addressed is evident and current wildlife research was applied throughout the project. Align grade level objectives and content with the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities.

Scoring Rubrics:
Wildlife Curriculum Project Project Grading Criteria Grade A - Complete on time - Without error - Graduate-Level Project - Practical to purpose intended - Incorporates the concepts covered in the course Grade B - Complete on time - Some errors - Less complex project - More theory than practice - Incorporates little of course's concepts Below B - Not completed on time - Many errors - Simplistic - Little effort but merely did it because required

Percentage Contribution of Each Assignment:


Assignment Wildlife Curriculum Project Points 120 Total Course Percentage 60%

Instructional Sequence: - List the course topics for each scheduled class meeting date including
readings and assignment due dates. Due to the week-long, residential nature of this course, the readings will occur prior to the course instruction. Sunday, July 14th 2:00 5:00pm Introductions & Ecology Activities Instructor: Ali Thomas 5:00 6:00pm Nature Journaling Instructor: Ali Thomas 6:00 7:00pm Dinner 7:00 9:00pm WILD, GUW, Flying WILD, WET, and PLT Overview with emphasis on Project WILD & Aquatic WILD background Interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education programs designed for pre-K grade 12 teachers emphasizing fish, wildlife, water, and forestry. Instructor: Ali Thomas

Monday, July 15th 7:00 8:00am Breakfast 8:00 9:30am Principles of Fish & Wildlife Management Review species management concepts and application of ecological principles to professional fish and wildlife management. Instructor: Ken Cox, Fisheries Biologist 9:30 11:00am Vermonts Fisheries Review of Vermonts fisheries, ecology and management. Instructors: Brain Chipman & Len Gerardi, Fisheries Biologists 11:00 12:00pm Nature Journaling (Continued) Instructor: Ali Thomas Noon - Lunch 1:00 6:00pm Fisheries Lab Visit a stream to assess its fishery and its future potential. Participate in water quality analysis, electro-fishing and invertebrate sampling. Instructors: Len Gerardi, Fisheries Biologist Rich Kirn, Fisheries Biologist Rod Wentworth, Aquatic biologist Steve Fiske, Aquatic Biologist

6:00 6:30pm Dinner

6:30 8:00pm Nature Journaling Free Time PROMPT: How can journaling be part of your classroom?

Tuesday, July 16th 7:00 8:00am Breakfast 8:00 9:30am Moose Management Instructor: Cedric Alexander, Wildlife Biologist 9:30 6:00pm Field Trip Forest & Wildlife Habitat Management Visit areas to demonstrate and discuss current, on-going wildlife and forestry habitat management practices. Instructors: Cedric Alexander, Wildlife Biologist Neil Monteith, Wildlife Forester 6:00 6:30pm Dinner 6:30 8:00pm Forest & Recreation Management Instructor: Michael Snyder Commissioner Forest, Parks, & Recreation

Wednesday, July 17th 8:00 9:00am Breakfast 9:00 10:30am Schoolyard Habitat Instructor: Ali Thomas NWF guest speaker (tentative) 10:30 Noon Instructor: Jens Hilke Conservation Biologist Noon - Lunch 12:30 6:00pm Wetlands/Waterfowl Lab Visit nearby marsh to discuss wetland ecology and management. Participate in insect, plant and water sampling. Instructor: Shannon Morrison State Wetlands Coordinator 6:00 6:30pm Dinner 6:30 8:00pm Natural Resources Management Instructor: Deb Markowitz Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources Thursday, July 18th 5:30 8:00am Nature Walk Emphasis on plants trees, birds and wildlife signs. Instructors: Ali Thomas and Bob Popp, Botanist 8:00 9:00am Breakfast 9:00 10:30am Black Bears of Vermont Instructor: Forrest Hammond, Wildlife Biologist 10:30 Noon Life Histories Furbearers --- emphasis on species biology, ecology, habitat requirements, management and the issue of trapping. Instructor: Chris Bernier, Wildlife Biologist Noon - Lunch 1:00 3:00pm Distribute roles for evening exercise Lab Land Reflections Instructor: Ali Thomas 3:00 4:30pm Invasive Species Japanese knotweed Instructor: Brian Colleran Japanese Knotweed Program Coordinator 4:30 6:00pm Planning for Wildlife: A Classroom Activity Instructor: Jane Lazorchak 6:00 7:00pm Dinner 7:00 9:00pm Role Playing Lab Exercise on Fisheries & Wildlife

Instructor: Rod Wentworth Impact Assessment Specialist

Friday, July 19th 8:00 9:00am Breakfast 9:00 10:00am Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Lecture on the activities of a State Game Warden in Vermont and how they relate to fish and wildlife management. Instructor: Dennis Reinhart Vermont State Game Warden 10:00 11:00am Wildlife Management Issues in Vermont Instructor: Patrick Berry Commissioner Fish & Wildlife Department 11:00 Noon Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, and Project Learning Tree Instructors: Ali Thomas & Rebecca Phelps Noon 12:30pm Lunch 12:30 1:30pm Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, and Project Learning Tree *Continued* Instructors: Ali Thomas & Rebecca Phelps

1:30 2:00pm Course Review, Evaluations and Closing Remarks

Supplemental Readings:
Post-Course Handouts (Recommended) same as above 1. A Place you Call Home 2. Wetlands Fact Sheet 3. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement History 4. Habitat Analysis Field Sheet 5. Warming Up to Getting Wild 6. Vermonts Largest Trees 7. 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 England 10. Guide to The Identification of Many of the Common Fishes of Vermont 11. An Example of Ruffed Grouse Population Dynamics (Do not sent this year) 12. VPA Fact Sheets a. Vermonters and Wildlife Habitat b. Vermonters and Wetlands 13. Macroinvertebrate Taxa Groups 14. Studies in Freshwater Fishery Biology Stream Survey 15. Ecology Notes 16. Fisheries Management Exercise (updated yearly by Rod Wentworth) 17. A List of Fishes Occurring In Vermont 18. Species Spotlight: Aldo Leopold 19. National Wetlands Inventory Map in Vermont

20. Fish & Wildlife Timber Sale 21. Healthy Rivers 22. How A Dam Affects a River 23. State of the Lakes 24. Fowl Weather Times Argus Article 25. VT Significant Wetland Inventory Maps 26. Water Quality Division Website Home Page 27. Landowners Guide to Wetlands 28. VT Wetland Evaluation Form 29. VT Rapid Habitat Assessment Field Data Sheet High Gradient Streams/ Low Gradient 30. T & E Native Animals of Vermont (Nongame & Natural Heritage Program) 31. T & E Native Plants of Vermont (Nongame & Natural Heritage Program) 32. Vertebrates of Vermont 33. Vermont Wetlands Values and Conservation 34. Black Bear Fact Sheet