Students should be prepared for weather in the field and expect to take part in short treks. Students will be responsible for reading materials contained in a course packet and additional materials handed out throughout the course.
- 1. Learn about the factors that influence lake dynamics; we will specifically address the unique ecosystem of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
- 2. Understand and perform field sampling and taxonomic and genetic identification techniques in the laboratory.
- 3. Apply learned skills and knowledge in the classroom grades 5-12.
Grading is as follows:
National Park Service resource managers and educators will be joining the class, and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective. The course will spend 2 days in Yellowstone (July 22-23), and three days on the MSU campus (July 24-26). Participants will camp in the National Park campground at Bridge Bay, and should anticipate a 3.5-4 mile hike as well as some shorter treks, when in Yellowstone. Camping equipment can be rented inexpensively thorough the MSU ASMU recreation center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided; dinner in Yellowstone is the responsibility of each participant.
- 50% Participation. Students are expected to be present at all times and effectively participate in activities and discussion. Participation we be assessed on a daily basis.
- 20% Presentation. Each student will give a 7-10 minute presentation on any aquatic science they currently do in the classroom and how they will incorporate skills and knowledge gained from this course into new or existing classroom activities. Presentations will be conducted on the afternoon of July 26th.
- 20% Lesson Plan. Each student will draft a 2-3 page lesson plan that incorporates aspects of this class into an activity appropriate for your classroom. Lesson plans must be submitted to me no later than August 4th.
- 10% GenBank Assignment. You will complete an assignment using a current scientific tool, GenBank. Lesson plans must be submitted to me no later than August 4th.
A class schedule and an equipment list will be posted. A course packet will be available prior to the course.
Meeting Place and Times
Class: M 7:00 am - 11:00 am & W 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ABB 138,
F 10:30 am - 5:00 pm EPS 126,
R 8:00 am to 6:00 pm NEED TO CONFRIM LAB TIME AND PLACE - Location: TBA,
Location: Meet van at MSU Strand Union Building, South Entrance,
Field Trip: MT Departure 10:00 am, Return 6:00 pm Tuesday
Instructor(s) Stephanie McGinnis, MS. Stephanie’s professional interests as an aquatic ecologist are focused on the conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems. Stephanie received a B.A. in both Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University.
Prerequisites A minimum of 2 years successful science teaching experience; enrolled in the Master of Science in Science Education degree at MSU, or by instructor approval; participants must hold a bachelors degree.
Target Audience 5 to 12 grade teachers with two or more years of successful science teaching experience
Tuition and Fees
| ||Program Fee ||$187.00|
| ||Computer Fee||$6.70|
A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.
The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.
A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).
To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.
- A course packet will be designed with required reading materials and provided by the instructor.
For More Information
contact Diana Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-5679.
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