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Summer ag institute slated June 26-26 for local teachers

June 18, 2001

Local educators will have an opportunity to go to school this summer to learn about the Imperial Valley's agriculture and to bring information and ideas back to their classrooms.

The Imperial County Summer Agriculture Institute for Teachers, a four-day seminar from June 26-29, is designed to teach agriculture-related subject matter, "so teachers can return to their classrooms with knowledge based on facts and pass the knowledge on to their students," said Nancy Wade, one of the institute's instructors.

The summer agriculture institute is a cooperative effort between the Imperial Irrigation District and the University of California Desert Research Center near Holtville.

It will be at the research center and is designed for teachers of grades K-12.

Participants can earn two continuing education credits through UC San Diego or 30 hours of professional growth for recredentialing.

The summer agriculture institute features seminars on crops, plant pathology, plant anatomy, soil, seeds, animal pathology, entomology and agriculture and the environment.


Teachers will learn about the history of agriculture in the Imperial Valley and will tour the IID water control center.

Participants will tour the Desert Research Center and engage in hands-on activities, including sweeping alfalfa fields for insects, irrigating, visiting a feedlot and observing local crops.

On the final day of the program, teachers will participate in hands-on activities where they will be able to incorporate the information into lesson plans, curriculum and activities.

The subject material will be presented so teachers can correlate their ideas to the state's educational framework.

A final requirement is for teachers to prepare an agricultural lesson plan.

The program costs $20. To register, contact Linda Sanchez, IID public relations representative at 339-9418.

Gina Sanchez at 339-9538 or Debra Driskil at 356-3061 also can be reached to register or for more information.

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