News - March 24, 2010

bugs program“Bugs with an Attitude” Teacher Biocontrol Workshop

July 7-9, 2010; Salt Lake County Public Works, Midvale Utah

The Bonneville CWMA and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, are excited to offer a FREE 3 day teacher workshop for Utah upper elementary, middle and high school teachers.  “Bugs with an Attitude” was developed to train teachers in weed identification and management, with a focus on biological control agents, their collection, rearing, release, and monitoring.  The Montana Biological Control and Insectary Training Program, also known as The Whitehall Project, has been successfully used in Montana for the last 13 years.  Teachers and students in Whitehall have collected, reared, and released millions of biocontrol agents since 2003, and the program is recognized as one of the west’s premiere educational and weed control programs. 

The FREE three day workshop will include both time in the classroom and in the field observing, collecting, and monitoring noxious weeds and insects.  The workshop will not only provide teachers with the tools and resources to start their own insectaries, but will also provide many other opportunities to integrate noxious weed and biocontrol curriculum into the classroom and the community.   Implementing this program would also provide a wonderful service learning opportunity for your students.  The workshop includes many free materials including a 100+ page binder, silk weed bouquet, books, and factsheets just to name a few!  CEU credits will be available for purchase.

When:  July 7-9, 2010
Where:  Salt Lake County Public Works- 604 West 6490 South, Midvale, Utah
Cost:  FREE!  Don’t delay, space is limited.  Registration due: June 11, 2010
Contact:  Sage Fitch, Salt Lake County Noxious Weed Specialist sfitch@slco.org and www.weeds.slco.org
* Scholarships are available to pay for travel expenses including lodging and mileage.

Learn more by downloading the PDF file of the Bugs flier.

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