Public Lands of the United States: Designations, History, and Today


Instructor: Sarah R. Johnson MAEd
ENVS 510, Western Colorado Univeristy, 2 Graduate Credits, $340
Course dates: June 9-29, 2020
course materials available June 8-August 1, 2020
Virtual Hybrid Course
Audience: Secondary Educators, Community
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Expand your knowledge of public lands in America. Through interactive discussion based hybrid online learning experience, participants will gain a stronger understanding of federal land designations, history of these lands, and the context in which these places were protected. Participants will get free access to a brand new public land high school curriculum. The course aims to build connections between people and America’s public lands as well as awareness that the lands and waters we love today were once and still are Indigenous lands. Through this virtual format, agency staff from the BLM, US Forest Service, National Park, and Colorado state lands will be guest speakers throughout the course. We will explore the many uses and benefits of public lands, as well as the threats they face locally and nationally. Students will also collect citizen science land cover and tree data from their homes for NASA’s GLOBE Observer program. Activities from other nationally proven curriculum will also be interwoven throughout the course.

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