Environmental workshops set for teachers this fall

September 18, 2001

The Patuxent Research Refuge is presenting several workshops this fall that are designed to provide teachers with ideas for incorporating environmental topics into their lessons.

During a workshop on ecological concepts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, teachers will learn about Eastern deciduous forests and the plants and animals that live there. A workshop, "Project WILD," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in which teachers will learn new ideas for use in science, math, social studies, physical education, music and art classes.

Teachers can learn how to integrate hands-on classroom and outdoor activities in a workshop, "Wonders of Wetlands," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. Participants will receive a workbook of more than 50 hands-on activities for kindergarten through 12th grade, reference information and teaching strategies.

A "Conservation on Canvas" workshop, which will provide educational materials about waterfowl, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. The workshop will help teachers prepare students to participate in the Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The workshops will be held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center is Laurel. All teachers should dress for indoor and outdoor activities, and bring lunch.

Each workshop costs $5. Some workshops will allow teachers to earn Maryland State Department of Education credits. Registration: 301-497-5763.

Jewish group to hold event on prejudice awareness

The Anne Arundel County and Prince George's County chapters of Jewish Women International have scheduled a prejudice awareness summit from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton. The purpose of the summit is to help middle-school-age children learn about the problems of prejudice and educate them about possible solutions.

Speakers will include Holocaust survivor Rabbi Laszlo Berkowitz; Jean Kariya, a Japanese-American camp detainee during World War II; and Phyllis Mutlu, chief psychiatric social worker for the Anne Arundel County Health Department.

The program is free and open to the public. Information: 301-261- 3180.

Military

Completes basic: Marine Corps Pvt. Gilbert S. Berryman, a 2000 graduate of Southern Senior High School in Harwood, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Deployment: Navy Ensign Brian J. Johnson, son of Brenda B. and David A. Johnson of Crofton, recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf while assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS San Jacinto, home-ported in Norfolk, Va. Johnson, a 1996 graduate of Arundel High School in Gambrills, joined the Navy in July 2000.

Around town

Four Seasons: The Four Seasons Women's Club will have an open house at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the media center at Four Seasons Elementary School, 979 Waugh Chapel Road, Gambrills. The club is a nonprofit organization open to women with an interest in the Four Seasons community. Information: 410-695-1164.

Bird tour: The Patuxent Research Refuge will present its free bird tour program from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 for ages 16 and older at the North Tract, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32 in Laurel. Participants on a guided van tour can search for early fall migrants. Registration: 301-497-5887.

Town Club: The Crofton Town Club will have its semiannual Crofton Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Village Green in Crofton. More than 125 crafters will participate, and all proceeds will be donated to local charities. Information: 410-451-7059.

Hunting and fishing: National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated at Patuxent Research Refuge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, on Powder Mill Road. Information: 301-497-5760.

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