New Education, Interpretation, and Youth Program Update
BLM has just published a new update on our programs. The report is a summary of the BLM's accomplishments in education, interpretation, and youth involvement. The report includes activities of BLM's "Hands on the Land" sites, visitor outreach, and career pathways, with detailed data on state programs. The update has information on more than 30 featured programs as well as sidebars on social media, Project Archaeology, the Artist-in-Residence program, and Junior Explorer booklets. Click here to download a copy of the 8-page update.
Climate Change Webcasts
The U.S. Forest Service and the Prince William Network are offering a series of webcasts, webinars, and online resources on the topic of climate change. Webinars will be offered beginning in September 2013. The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media. The website also has an "Educator's Toolkit" with a variety of documents on climate change and other education resources. For more information, select this link.
BLM Director Signs Strategy Memorandum
Carl Rountree, BLM Assistant Director for NLCS and Community Partnerships, displays the newly published BLM Education, Interpretation, and Youth Engagement National Strategy while Acting BLM Director Mike Pool signs the Instruction Memorandum (IM) formally distributing it to BLM Field Offices. The IM serves as a "go-ahead" for field offices to begin implementation of action items related to BLM Education, Interpretation, and Youth Programs. Acting Director Pool also contributed a letter of support to the strategy document itself, emphasizing the importance and impacts of the programs it will guide for the next five years. For more information on the strategy, select this link . (Photo by M. Tisdale, February 26, 2013)
Junior Explorer Activity Guide: Wild Horses and Burros
BLM’s Junior Explorer program helps introduce young explorers to the lands and resources that the BLM manages. The latest publication, Wild Horses and Burros, focuses on these living symbols of the American West. Students can work through the activities on their own or invite a parent or an adult to join in the fun. The guide includes the Junior Explorer pledge, a certificate, and additional information about wild horses and burros on the public lands.
- Horses, Burros, and Humans: A Long History;
- Roaming the Range: Where Do Wild Horses and Burros Live?;
- Brrr!! Freezemark Identification; and
- Tips for Interacting with Wild Horses and Burros
Learn how artists are creating artwork on the public lands. The BLM Artist-in-Residence Program provides artistic and educational opportunities that promote deeper understanding and dialogue about the natural, cultural, and historic resources on public lands managed by the BLM. As part of the program, BLM is producing posters of the artwork done last summer at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado. More>>