“Nothing in science has any value to society if is not communicated.”
– Anne Roe, The Making of a Scientist
BIOB 491-80. Spring: Watershed Science Education & Practice.
Spring Semester 2024, 3 credits, Fri 12-1:50pm plus 1 more hour TBA
This course has 2 distinct portions. The first is 5-7 weeks of in-class learning on the campus. The second is 5-6 weeks of active teaching – you will be part of the CFWEP team running a week-long education program in Missoula & neighboring public schools.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in aquatic ecology, conservation, science education, communication and outreach, and civic engagement. The format of this course is different from most other classes offered at UM. Please make sure you understand the requirements before you sign up.
Students in this course are expected to:
- Commit to 1 day on two different weekends (a total of 2 full days). The first will occur near the start of the course and is used to complete training before we start teaching. The second day will be later in the semester and will involve a field trip to Butte to deepen your knowledge of mining impact in the watershed.
- Have a driver’s license.
- Help lead 5-6 Friday field trips from 8am-3pm.
- Teach in public school classes a minimum of 4 hours weekly (for 5 or 6 weeks). These teaching experiences will occur in the window of Mon-Thu, 8:30am-3:30pm, when schools are in. Times are set by public school teachers. We work with our crew’s schedule the best we can.
- Be an ambassador of the University of Montana.
- Be reliable and responsive to all ways of communication. Things may occasionally change quickly depending on weather and changes in the public school schedules, you must be able to respond in a reasonable time when such things occur.
Questions? Contact Dalit Guscio at firstname.lastname@example.org