The Arizona Game and Fish Department is committed to providing high-quality professional development opportunities for educators. There are three basic types of training we offer: natural history workshops, conference presentations and exhibits, and school or district inservices.
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GeoMentor Program NEW
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is looking for classroom teachers who wish to improve their understanding of GIS (geographic information systems) and its application to wildlife management. Through a year-long program, Department educaton and GIS staff will serve as mentors to help teachers understand and apply GIS tools and content into their classroom instruction.
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Using Cameras to Study Wildlife NEW
The advent of digital cameras has opened up new avenues for studying wildlife. In this workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about ways cameras are used in wildlife management while creating some relevant classroom materials.
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We recognize that scheduled workshops may not always be convenient for you. As a result, we now offer a collection of videos of archived webinars and presentations. These are available for you to watch at your convenience. After completing a short assignment, we will email you a certificate for a set amount of continuing education credits. It's that easy!
The on-demand trainings we currently offer are:
- Using the Conservation Education Scope and Sequence - Learn about this powerful new tool that will guide you through sequential learning about fish and wildlife in relation to content standards and performance objectives. (1 hour)
- America's Wildlife: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Learn about a free standards-based curriculum designed for high school science and social studies classrooms. (1 hour)
- Bald Eagles of the Southwest - Learn about bald eagle biology, status and management as well as some unique ways to bring this content into your classroom. (1.5 hours)
- Know No Boundaries: Amazing Wildlife Migrations - Learn about some of the amazing migrations that occur in and through Arizona and the struggles these journeys provide for wildlife managers. (1 hour)
Additional on-demand trainings will be added in the coming months.
To participate in one or more of these trainings, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate which training(s) you wish to view. Within 3 days, you will receive a follow-up email with all of the information and materials you need to earn your continuing education credits.
Conferences and Events
We try to remain on the cutting edge of education. As a result, we are regular attendees and presenters at various conferences and other events throughout the state and country. Check us out at these upcoming events:
- No current events planned
We can come to you! Whether it is a college class for preservice teachers or a district wide inservice, our workshops are hands-on and full of resources that you can take back to your classroom immediately. Workshops are offered in a variety of formats, can last from 1 to 16 hours, and cover single, multiple, or all grade levels. Popular workshops include:
- On the Right Track - a focus on historical and modern tracking techniques and hands-on ways to bring these into your classroom to guide science instruction and inquiry. Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School. Usually 1-8 hours.
- It's a Bird, It's a Plane - using the Wright Brothers as a theme, we explore the nature of science and the ways in which nature provides models for our own technological development. Upper Elementary and Middle School. Usually 1-4 hours.
- Wild Connections: Literacy - we explore ways to integrate language arts (reading and writing) with science instruction. Elementary and Middle School. Usually 2-8 hours.
- W.H.I. Ask Why: Wildlife and Habitat Inquiry - we explore ways to bring inquiry and experimental design into your ecology and environmental science classes. Middle and High School. Usually 4-8 hours.
- Geocaching in Education - learn how GPS and GIS are revolutionizing science and some basic techniques to introduce these technologies to your students using a very popular outdoor hobby. Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School. Usually 4-8 hours.
We can also create completely customized workshops to suit your specific needs. We usually require a minimum of ten teachers, and we can help you get those numbers if necessary. To schedule a free teacher inservice, contact Eric Proctor at email@example.com or 623-236-7243.
If you have attended a workshop or presentation sponsored by the AZ Game and Fish Department's Environmental Education section this school year, you should have received login information. This login will allow you access to the secure page with lots of related resources you can download.
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If you have problems with your login, please contact Eric Proctor.