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Workshop will teach teachers how to build native gardens

RINGWOOD – A hands-on workshop will give teachers the background to build a native garden with their students back at their own school.

The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center in Ringwood.

Participants will learn about native plants and local Great Lakes habitats as a basis for interdisciplinary kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum activities, teacher professional development and citizen science.

The program is a collaboration with the Arboretum at University of Wisconsin, Lake County Forest Preserve and Earth Partnership for Schools. It's funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes Earth Partnership Institutes will provide participants with the Great Lakes-EPS K–12 curriculum guide and resource binder, continental breakfast, snacks and supplies for the week.

The cost is $100 a teacher, and each school will receive $150 for their school grounds project. Teachers can receive graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; all fees have been waived. The program also translates to 45 continuing professional development units.

For information, contact education outreach coordinator Mary Kozub at the McHenry County Conservation District at 815-678-4532, ext. 8117.

The deadline to register is July 20.

- Northwest Herald

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