DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDGE TO NATURE Project Overview The “Digital Photography Bridge to Nature" project will stimulate a lifelong appreciation for wildlife and Minnesota’s outdoors for children by providing hands-on nature photography experiences and subsequent enjoyment that they can derive from using their own photos in an educational classroom context. Eighty digital photography workshops will be carried out over a two year period for elementary and middle school teachers (grades 3 through 9) at schools, state parks, nature centers, and national wildlife refuges throughout Minnesota. At these workshops teachers will learn how to plan “photo safaris” to outdoor sites where children can experience nature photography with resident resource managers, biologists, and volunteer photographers and conservationists. The goal of these 80 workshops will be to reach 1000 teachers. They will subsequently conduct “photo safaris” at their schools for an estimated 30,000 students with digital cameras provided by the project. The photos taken will be used in the classroom to achieve learning outcomes associated with science, math, art, language arts, physics, and engineering. These workshops will teach ethics for wildlife photography, identify appropriate resource materials, teach digital photo skills and identify desirable outdoor sites where nature photography photo safaris can be conducted. These workshops will begin on July 10, 2010, at Luverne, Minnesota, featuring National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg as the keynote presenter. Staffing for these workshops will be provided by two statewide coordinators (one for the metro area and one for greater Minnesota) and nine workshop facilitators who have expertise in education and nature photography. Two years of funding for these positions ($160,000) has been allocated by the Legislative-Citizen’s Commission on Minnesota Resources. Project partners include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Watchable Wildlife Inc., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-National Wildlife Refuges, Minnesota Master Naturalist Program, Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Extension Service and 4-H, White Earth Indian Band, and Minnesota Nature Photography Club. Pivotal to the success of this project is creation of 30 photography learning kits that will each contain 12 basic digital cameras, memory card readers, and wildlife field guides. The Nongame Wildlife Program has purchased 550 Nikon S 550 cameras and created portable kits with cameras and field guides for teachers to check out for a week at a time after they have participated in a workshop so they can carry out photo safaris with their students. As of November 4, 2010, we have carried out 27 Digital Photography Bridge to Nature Workshops for 440 teachers, and the response by teachers has been very positive.
Pages to are hidden for
"DIGITAL BRIDGE TO NATURE"Please download to view full document