Learning “al-fresco” style, or getting out into nature’s classroom, is a great way to connect children with the things they are expected to master in school, says a 4-H education specialist. The Georgia 4-H environmental education program puts education at the fingertips of thousands of Georgia kids each year, says Melanie Biersmith, 4-H environmental education coordinator.“We are teaching environmental science where it happens. It doesn’t get more relevant than learning beach ecology on the beach,” Biersmith said. “The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program has the ability to bring school concepts to life and connect students to the natural world using the outdoors as a classroom without walls.” There are five University of Georgia 4-H centers across the state. Each provides academic classes that complement science, social studies, history and language in natural settings to students of all ages who attend public, private or home schools. Centers are located from the mountains to the sea: Wahsega 4-H Center, Dahlonega; Fortson 4-H Center, Hampton; Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton; Burton 4-H Center, Tybee Island; and Jekyll Island 4-H Center.Students can stay at one of the five centers for three days and two nights to learn about a different region of the Georgia. (Day-classes are also available.) Classes are led by trained, college-educated instructors and the subject matter is aligned to meet Georgia Performance Standards. With more than 35,000 students participating every year, Georgia’s residential environmental education program is one of the largest of its kind in the country. “Being connected to the environment, I think, is important, but that is not the best thing about our programming,” Biersmith said.A well-rounded program is what makes it so successful, she said. “The relationship-building aspect of the experience can be as important as the academic piece,” Biersmith said. “Teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationships are built on a these trips. When eight people sleep in a room together and figure out who is going to use the sink first, there are some real life skills buried in there.” Biersmith speaks from personal experience. Before becoming the head of the environmental education program, she directed the camp on Jekyll Island. The programs focus on science, she said, but most learning opportunities are multi-disciplinary.“We include language arts with journal entries about discoveries or learn about social studies when we talk about Native Americans at Rock Eagle or pioneer life at Wahsega,” she said. A class trip to a center costs around $100 per student and takes some planning. “Teachers get interested and look across the state to find a center that will complement what their students are learning,” she said. “In fifth grade, students learn about erosion and deposition and the beach is a great place to study this so they might visit Tybee or Jekyll.” A teacher can contact a 4-H center to plan a trip. An entire school system can contact Biersmith to develop a multi-year plan to teach its students at different centers.“We walk folks through the process,” Biersmith said. “Several of us have been teachers so we know what happens in the classroom and what obstacles are present when planning an overnight trip.” Homeschool DaysMulti-day environmental education field studies are exclusively offered to home-schooled children. These sessions can be hands-on, experiential learning programs for the families, too. Designed for students age 5 through 17, parents accompany their children to classes. Families stay together in dormitories or cabins and eat meals in the dining halls. Classes address topics like marsh ecology, orienteering, herpetology, beach ecology and pioneer studies. Centers are open for homeschool students September 15-17 at Wahsega; September 17-19 and 20-22 at Burton; September 20-21 at Fortson; October 18-19 at Rock Eagle; and November 14-16 at Burton. Classes, prices and exact schedules vary according to center. For more information, visit the website http://georgia4h.org/ee/.
Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way The forward was a regular for Schalke 04 in the 2013-14 season, making 15 appearances in the German Bundesliga, amid other dazzling displays. The striker, who starred for Nigeria in the 2010 World Cup was, however, left out of the Super Eagles squad for the global tournament in Brazil and revealed he was shut out of the team because he refused to ‘grease someone’s palm’. Amokachi, who was the right-hand man of former Super Eagles coach Keshi, neither denied the claims nor admitted it but slammed the forward for bringing up the case after the death of the manager in charge. “Why come forward with such now when the man in charge is no longer alive to answer it?” Amokachi told the Cable. “Even look at it, this happened in 2014 and six years after you are coming forward with such claims? Why wait until now? It doesn’t make sense to bring such an issue when the head is no longer alive to respond to you? “I am not saying such things don’t happen. Up until tomorrow, this thing does happen in African football but for us to have a change, when such happens, come forward with such. Be the sacrifice so as to prevent others from going through the experience. “It is not about one person, it’s a revolution, a change, that if we start, it will change a lot of things in our football. “This issue of bribe-taking or collecting in our football is not a one-way thing. Agents of players will come and meet a coach to offer money for their players to be taken. “It’s a two-way thing. Sometimes, players are the ones that will even go to the coach to say my agent said he will pay for me to be part of the team. “You will also see some administrators and coaches who have turned agents that will try to be influencing things from the side.” On his part, second assistant to Keshi, Houdonou claims Obasi did not merit a place in the squad given the array of stars available, although they could only manage to reach the second round of the tournament. “The question is, who could he have replaced among the strikers then?” Houdonou said. read also:Keshi took some ‘useless’ players to 2014 World Cup – Amokachi “He was invited like every other potential player that could make the World Cup then because the coaching crew wanted to take the best to Brazil then. “He failed to make the list because he could not displace anyone in the team.” Obasi, who has 26 caps for the Super Eagles, last played for the three-time African champions in 2011 against Argentina. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Stephen Keshi’s assistant, Daniel Amokachi and Valere Houdonou have hit out at Chinedu Obasi after he claimed he was denied a spot in the 2014 World Cup because he allegedly refused to pay a bribe.