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UNI environmental issues instruction program offers teachers graduate college credit<br>

October 28, 2002

Carl Bollwinkel, project director, Environmental Issues Instruction Program, (319) 273-2783
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Educators in Iowa can earn graduate credit and learn more about 'Forests in a Changing Climate,' by registering for one of three conferences presented by University of Northern Iowa's Environmental Issues Instruction program. Teachers will attend a two-part session offered at two locations; in Dubuque at the Days Inn Nov. 22-24 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1; or in West Des Moines at the Walnut Creek Inn on Feb. 7-9, and April 11-12 or Feb. 14-16, and May 2-3.

The program is designed to educate K-12 teachers on the effects of climate change on forests. Topics will address global warming, change by human and natural factors, and their affects on the forest. After the first conference, teachers return to their schools and work with their students to develop lessons based on conference information. During the second session they report on what they learned while working with their students.

'The program encourages elementary, junior high and high school teachers to integrate these environmental issues into their science, math, language arts and other curricula,' said Carl Bollwinkel, project director. 'Using skills for these areas and ecological concepts, participating teachers learn to help their students analyze issues, participate in case studies and determine responsible environmental action.'

For more information contact Carl Bollwinkel, project director, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education at or on the Web at,