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UNH Seeks Teachers for Forest Watch Training
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire is offering a training session for teachers interested in participating in Forest Watch, an innovative K-12 science education outreach program focused on the study of white pine health in New England.

The program takes place July 20 through 23, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spaulding Hall, Room 218, is the designated classroom, though training, which is hands-on and interactive, takes place in both the laboratory and the field.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, unless teachers choose the graduate credit option. In this case, the two-credit program costs $432 for New Hampshire residents and $470 for non-residents.

As part of the workshop, teachers will learn about the Forest Watch program, and how to integrate the curriculum into their schools. Scientists will teach them, among other things, how to collect branch samples, analyze physical measurements and work with remote sensing data. Teachers will receive several resource materials which include a Teacher's Manual, videos, image processing software and several handouts.

UNH researchers initiated Forest Watch in 1991 to involve K-12 students in the collection and processing of data relating to air pollution damage in forest stands. The program currently involves over 100 teachers and their students from New England.

For more information, contact Shannon Spencer at UNH's Complex Systems Research Center at 603-862-4311 or by Email at shannon.spencer@unh.edu. To register for the graduate credit option, call 603-862-2015.

By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau

Additional information available at:http://www.forestwatch.sr.unh.edu