Tomorrow, the fate of today's fragile environment will be in the hands of youngsters now in school. Teachers play an important role in alerting students to environmental concerns and the part they can take in preserving a healthy and pleasant environment.
"Exploring the Environment" will be the focus of a Deseret News Subject Seminar for teachers, Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The seminar offers .5 credit for attendance and an additional .5 credit for 15 hours of laboratory practice toward recertification/district in-service credit (Salt Lake School District excepted.)A $15.00 registration fee payable to the Deseret News provides on-site instruction from experts and professionals in the environmental field, handouts and materials, bus transportation to a number of demonstration sites, a box lunch and the opportunity to order 90 newspapers for classroom instruction.
The Aug. 10 agenda includes a full schedule of activities all focusing on environment. Deseret News environmental specialist Joseph Bauman will accompany the group and will speak.
"I believe the only hope the world has is that our younger generation will become aware of the value of our natural surroundings and the fragility of nature," Bauman said. "Telling students about these issues is as important as anything we can do, in the long run, to protect our environment. They need to know that there are things we can do."
Teachers are asked to park in the west lot of the Canyon View Elementary School, 3050 E. Bengal Blvd. (78th South) to board the bus by 8:30 a.m. They will be transported to the Metropolitan Water District Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant, 9000 Danish Road, where Bauman will join Lawson LeGate of the Sierra Club in a discussion of their interests and concerns about environmental issues.
A slide presentation from the Utah Division of Environmental Health will be shown. A detailed tour of the plant will be conducted by Richard Nelson, plant superintendent and George Richards, director of laboratories.
Following the tour a bus tour of several Superfund tailings sites will be held, with instruction from Mark Burrell, information officer with the environmental health division.
The last part of the day will be under the direction of Frank Grover, recreation officer and forest historian for the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. During a short bus tour of canyon areas, he will discuss the Great Western Trail, the Canyon Master Plan, and the three Wasatch front wilderness areas.
The seminar is the sixth in a series presented this year by the Deseret News Newspaper in Education Department, under the direction of Carolyn Dickson, manager. Teachers have had opportunities to visit sites associated with Utah health issues, the court system, state government, literature and technology.
Upcoming seminars are "The Juvenile Court System," Dec. 29; "Consumer Issues," April 22, 1989; "Inside the Media," June 10, 1989; and "Our World Society," Aug. 5, 1989.
A newspaper workshop to help teachers learn new methods of using the Deseret News in various subjects and at all grade levels is scheduled for Jan. 28, 1989. It is entitled "Newspaper Magic."
Teachers can register for all seminars and the workshop by calling Deseret News for Youth, 237-2140, or sending registration information to P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110. Registration for the Aug. 10 seminar ends at 5:00 p.m. Monday.
The focus of the Newspaper in Education program is to alert teachers to the value of a newspaper as a "living textbook" that expands their ability to teach and enrich classwork.
Textbooks can be as much as seven years old before they reach a teacher's hands, and the newspaper is an important tool to fill the gap. Inexpensive and easy to acquire, it can provide each student in a classroom with a current text at a time when education shortfalls make textbooks and materials hard to come by.