The Greater Atlanta SCI sends 1-2 teachers to the American Wilderness Leadership School each year.
In 2018, we are sending 2 teachers.
Nestled in the beautiful Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson, Wyoming, the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) provides the perfect atmosphere for educational programs. Established in 1976 with the vision of providing educators with a useful hands-on experience that they can bring home to their classrooms, AWLS has provided an accredited conservation education program for more than 6,000 teachers who reach more than a million students annually and a challenging experience for more than 1,700 high school students.
Educators renew their energy and enthusiasm for teaching with an eight-day professional development workshop.
We’d like to thank you for the amazing opportunity to attend AWLS this summer and for your generosity and financial support. It was an inspiring and informative week that we hope to carry into our classrooms. We’d like to share a few impressions that we had of the school.
What is AWLS?
- AWLS is professional development for educators. If desired, it can be taken for college credit through Colorado State University. We also offer continuing education units.
- It is about learning to use the outdoors as a classroom – balancing indoor with outdoor classes.
- It is about learning to incorporate conservation education lessons into existing curriculum content: math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education and art.
- The North American Model of Wildlife Management is the core of conservation understanding.
- A basic law of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else – interconnected. Like nature everything in the AWLS Educator workshop is interconnected.
The program was obviously initiated and managed with teachers in mind. From the hands on use of firearms, archery and lab skills to the curriculum instruction on Project Wild and Project Wet, we were shown how to incorporate a variety of approaches with our own students at our respective schools. It was very nice to work with a rich mix of teachers from elementary to secondary since the two of us represent both areas. We both found the activities we were involved with will be very useful in our classrooms. Most of all, we would like to thank you for the opportunity that reminded both of us that experiencing the natural world should and will be incorporated into the preparation of our youth for the lives they will lead as well rounded adults.