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Centennial Curriculum Workshops For Educators This Summer
Updated May 13, 2016 8:51 AM
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(UNDATED) - Teachers, youth group leaders and homeschool educators can learn about a curriculum that ties together Indiana's history, nature and its state parks during special Centennial Curriculum workshops this summer.

The Centennial Curriculum is a series of 11 units available online through Indiana State Parks. The units target fourth-graders and their study of Indiana history but could be adapted for any grade level or education at home, or taught through scout organizations and other groups. The curriculum is one way Indiana State Parks is celebrating its centennial and the state's bicentennial. Both are in 2016. The curriculum teaches about Indiana history, from before the Ice Age through modern times.

Topics include fossils, glaciers, American Indian culture, pioneers, historic African-American settlements and more. Students can watch videos and read study guides that relate those concepts to individual parks, from Pokagon in the north to Clifty Falls in the south.

Educators who attend one of the curriculum workshops will learn about parks history and get ideas for hands-on activities and field trip opportunities. Professional Growth Points (PGPs) for teachers who attend may be available through their school district.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

The workshops are:

  • June 8 at Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville
  • June 16 at Salamonie Lake in Andrews
  • June 30 at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison
  • July 6 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis
  • July 7 at Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette
  • July 14 at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton
All workshops are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. Each workshop is limited to 30 people. To register, call or email Ben Clark, chief of cultural resources, Indiana State Parks, at (317) 234-6442 or bclark@dnr.IN.gov. Provide contact information, desired workshop location, and the number of people participating. The curriculum, including the 11 downloadable units and lesson plans, is at stateparks.IN.gov/8280.htm. The Centennial Curriculum was developed by Indiana State Parks in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Bicentennial Commission, Indiana Geological Survey, Ball State University, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.

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