Summer 2017 Workshops

The NDGA is pleased to announce our summer 2017 teacher workshop opportunities.

2017 Summer Institute: June 5-9 on the campus of the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Greg Vandeberg and Dr. Brad Rundquist will lead an interactive workshop that will focus on the geography of the Red River valley. It will feature tours to area points of interest as well as speakers about teaching geography in our state.

2017 NDTRC Community Teacher Workshop
NDGA is teaming with the NDTRC to provide a workshop called: Cultural Perspectives on Environmental ChangeThis workshop will be held June 20-22, 2017 in the Turtle Mountains.

The 2017 Minot Ag in the Classroom ag tour will be held June 26-27
This year¹s tour will focus on Main Street North Dakota. It will visit area
communities and focus on the impact that the ag industry has on our state.

The 2017 GeoFit workshop will be held August 7-10
This tour styleworkshop will start in Minot and visit locations in north central North Dakota including the Turtle Mountains and Peace Garden Anishinabe Cultural Center, Towner State Nursery and Denbigh Forest, Registration links will be available soon on the NDGA website. More information will also be place on the NDGA Facebook page.

2016 GeoFIT: Human Geography: Faces and Places
August 1-4, 2016 – NE Quadrant of ND

2016 GeoFIT Group Photo
The North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS) and North Dakota Geographic Alliance (NDGA) partnered to deliver their ninth Geographically FIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers) entitled Human Geography: Faces and Places in 2016. GeoFIT is a professional development opportunity for all PreK-12 educators across the state and is held each summer in a different location. The institute provides experiential learning and resources for curriculum planning and development and how to help foster environmental responsibility of natural resources in stewards of all ages. Educators had an opportunity to expand their content knowledge and study how geology, geography and forests can work together to minimize environmental impacts and land disturbances, as well as improve and protect surface and ground water. The four-day traveling "classroom on wheels" (charter bus) tour began in the Pembina Gorge forest near Walhalla and traveled to the Gingras Trading Post, Icelandic State Park, a Christmas Tree Farm, a riparian restoration site at Park River Bible Camp, viewed the algal bloom at Homme Dam, discussed community forestry in Grafton, took water samples at Drayton, studied human geography at Pembina, and returned to Walhalla to discuss how environmental issues may be addressed and resolved.

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Tree Study goes International

Minot High School seniors Brandon Christman and Allison Rabe saw an opportunity to learn from the 2011 Souris River flood. "It was a terrible event and I am glad that we could take something positive from it and now we can show other people what trees to plant, what kind, and how tall you want them to be so we can mitigate damage in the future." North Dakota Geographic Alliance member Joe Super collaborated with a Minot State University professor to provide the students some guidance. They presented their work at an International Junior Forest Contest in St. Petersburg in September.


A total of 38 participants took part in the 2013 Geographically FIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers),
which was a broad-learning experience covering four days in west central North Dakota.