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Educators Take the Great Basin Back to Their Classrooms

Third-grade teachers Jennifer Wallace (left), of Ely, Nev., and 9th grade teacher Sheila Miller (right), of Battle Mountain, Nev., learn how to dissect a trout during the five-day Great Basin Teachers Workshop. 

This school year, 28 educators from throughout the West will pass on to their students lessons learned at the Great Basin Teachers Workshop, hosted by the BLM Ely District in partnership with other federal and state agencies. 

Great Basin Institute student Rebecca Urbanczyk (left), of Ely, Nev., and Kindergarten teacher Barbara Hubbard (right), of Las Vegas, Nev., play “Wilderness and Leave No Trace Trivia Wheel.”The five-day workshop, held July 20-25 at Camp Success in the Schell Creek Mountains east of Ely, Nev., is directed toward educators’ grades K-12 looking to implement inquiry-based science projects into their classrooms through hands-on discovery of “Biology in the Great Basin.” Subjects rotate annually among geology, archaeology, energy and this summer’s topic, biology.

This year’s workshop was sponsored by the BLM, Great Basin National Park, Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada Division of State Parks, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

By Patricia Bute, Ely District supervisory administrative support assistant

Photo Captions
Banner: Third-grade teachers Jennifer Wallace (left), of Ely, Nev., and 9th grade teacher Sheila Miller (right), of Battle Mountain, Nev., learn how to dissect a trout during the five-day Great Basin Teachers Workshop.

Bottom: Great Basin Institute student Rebecca Urbanczyk (left), of Ely, Nev., and Kindergarten teacher Barbara Hubbard (right), of Las Vegas, Nev., play “Wilderness and Leave No Trace Trivia Wheel.”