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Date:  April 9, 2009
Connie Jacobs (406) 622-4020 

Free Aquatic Ecology Workshop for Educators

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center in Fort Benton (701 7th Street) will be hosting an aquatic ecology workshop Saturday April 25, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

This workshop is geared toward educators who want to incorporate aquatic ecology and water quality testing into their curriculum.  Participants will learn about water quality testing using macro-invertebrates as well as chemical tests for chlorine, copper, dissolved oxygen, hardness, nitrogen, pH, and phosphates. 

Participants will also explore various Project Aquatic educational programs. Lunch will be provided to registered course participants. 

The Office of Public Instruction has approved eight-hours of continuing education credits for participants who complete the workshop.  There is no charge to register for the course; however, space is limited. The first 15 participants will receive free test kits and macroinvertebrate sampling materials for their classrooms or schools (should more than one teacher per school attend). 

The workshop is a cooperative effort among the Bureau of Land Management, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Upper Missouri River Conservation Council, and certified GLOBE instructors (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment).  This workshop is being funded in part by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality 319 mini-grant program.

For more information or to register for the course please contact Connie Jacobs, Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center at 406-622-4020.