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Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy
GVNCP: Wilderness and Culture 2 Spring 2020
Teacher: Zoe Elrick: 269-612-8172
***Please email instructor that you signed up for this class.***
This is a combo indoor and outdoor class; dress for the weather.
Parents welcome to attend. Parents must attend with children under 10 years of age.
Fernwood Botanical Garden, Niles,MI
Thursdays, 3 PM- 5 PM
Jan 30, Feb 13, March 19, 26, April 9,16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
Description: This class is both informative and fun! A continuation of Wilderness and Culture One, but it’s not a prerequisite. The class explores nature as well as studies how various cultures (primitive and modern) use and care for the wilderness, nature, and the land. Learn about nature and cultures through a variety of hands-on nature-exploration skills, weekly lesson topics, and monthly units.
Required Materials:• Teacher provides class website, weekly paper info-sheets, nature books, outdoor nature, land, leaves, flowers, sticks, and more.
• Required to bring to class (provided by student/family): dress for weather, class is indoors and or outdoors. Outdoor picnic style Workshop: bring a drinking water bottle, 3-ring binder, paper, pencils, clipboard.
• Optional Materials (provided by student/family) Suggested optional stuff to bring: picnic blanket, color pencils, pens, markers, hat, snacks, camera.
Instructor Bio: Zoe Elrick has a background in education, culture, science, art, history, as well as landscape architecture and ecology. In 2011, she started the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program (GV-NCP), in Three Oaks, Michigan. Also, she is a registered landscape architect, in Michigan, and works part time for Pizzo and Associates, an ecological restoration firm of prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Her landscape architecture degree is from University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign. Plus, she has taken classes from the Tracker School of tracking, awareness, nature, and wilderness survival.
*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record: Tom Hurst