Conservation on the Ground –
Teach-the-Teacher Workshops by Vic Payne, Alabama Soil and Water
Conservation Committee, Montgomery, AL
During the month of June, District Administrative
Coordinators (DACs) in six counties conducted workshops to
teach elementary and high school teachers about various
aspects of conservation and environmental protection. More
than 75 teachers went through the training and received
continuing education credits.
The workshops were tailored after the very successful
ones originally developed in Madison County by DAC
Kathy Walker. Kathy’s teacher workshops have received
rave reviews by teachers who have attended them,
and now she must limit admission to her
week-long sessions to a first-come, first-served basis.
The State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC)
saw the value of the Madison County experience and sought
grant assistance from Alabama Department of Environmental
Management (ADEM) to conduct a training session for other
DACs. In addition, the Alabama Association of Conservation
Districts (AACD) contributed funding to support training.
Daphne Moland-R, wildlife biologist at
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, shows
Henrietta Taylor, Lawrence County
DAC, her pet snake, Pine Cone, at the
teacher training. Hen was not too
anxious to hold this snake!
r. Doug Phillips, producer of the popular APTV series Discovering Alabama had been part of the
adison County program for the past five years, and he also saw the value of extending the program to
ther Districts. As a result, Discovering Alabama became a partner with SWCC, AACD, and ADEM in
he June training sessions were held in Lawrence, Elmore, Shelby, Lee, and Dale Counties, besides
e one in Madison. The new districts typically held three-day programs, but the initial response from
achers seems to be excellent. Some of the DACs who are new to the program are now considering
aving longer programs next year.