Some 36 youth and adult volunteers explored the world of George Washington Carver, identified characteristics of a prairie and the rich value of Iowa farmland during an April 8, 2010 Iowa State University Extension and 4-H regional environmental literacy workshop.
The unique "Growing In The Garden" grant sponsored training provided resources and a network for teaching youth hands-on environmental, agricultural and nutritional experiences.
According to Iowa State University Extension Cherokee County Youth Coordinator, Brenda Medick, six local volunteers are partnering with regional educators, community leaders and volunteers who attended the six county workshops.
The following local volunteers represented teachers, educational program leaders, Master Gardeners, Master Conservationists, organization members, business people, parents and grandparents that share an interest in teaching others. Those who attended are: Heidi Wunschel, Storm Lake educator, Renee Braun, Cherokee NRCS, Barb Kindwall, ISU Extension, Elaine Stevenson, Master Gardener, Rachel Wassenaar, River Valley School, and Brenda Medick, ISU Extension.
According to Region 6 Youth Program Specialist, Carol Ehlers, "Iowa State University Extension and 4-H are a part of the Connecting Learning and Living training and networking session that was recently held in Storm Lake." Ehlers says "It's important to Contact your local County Extension Office to network with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Connecting Learning and Living (CLL) curriculum."
Participants completed learning-by-doing sample activities/lessons from six curricula resources under the general titles of: Growing in the Garden (early elementary), Where We Live (middle school), and Food, Land & People (PreK-12). The lessons are aligned with educational and youth development models and guidelines to assure positive youth outcomes in school classrooms and for any after school program. Access web information at: www.extension.iastate.edu/GrowingintheGa....
The ISU Extension grant supported project provides educational materials with ten hours of environmental, agricultural and nutrition lessons; opportunities to purchase curricula and books or check them out from the local Extension office.
For those wanting to join the 7,000 trained Iowa volunteers contact your local County Extension Office at 712-225-6196.