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WOW! Facilitator Program

Environmental Concern’s WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum, first published in 1991, provides educators nationwide with over 50 different wetland activities for Kindergarten through High school students. Since its creation, Environmental Concern leads curriculum workshops to spread wetland awareness, education, and assist in building teacher confidence in utilizing this unique resource. To assist in spreading the wonders of wetlands across the country, EC trains highly talented, motivated volunteers to facilitate workshops in their own local communities to contribute to their understanding of wetlands and related issues. These “Facilitators” represent a wide diversity of backgrounds and special areas of expertise including college professors, naturalists, park rangers, and classroom teachers.

EC-trained Facilitators will schedule and lead independent WOW! workshops in their local communities. WOW! workshops introduce participants to wetland ecology through the three parameters of wetlands (vegetation, soils & hydrology) as well as wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 hands-on, inquiry-based, cross-curricular activities.

A facilitator also serves as a guide, helping workshop participants gain a better understanding about the WOW! curriculum, its methodologies, and potential impacts on children’s environmental awareness and understanding.

Interested in Becoming a Facilitator?

As an Environmental Concern trained WOW! Facilitator you will have the opportunity to:
  • Teach educators about wetland education and motivate them to use wetlands as a focus for teaching youngsters
  • Contribute to your community's understanding of wetlands and wetland related issues
  • Gain hands-on experience teaching adults in a supportive learning environment
  • Become an integral part of an international network of professionals in the fields of wetlands, natural resources, education and interpretation
  • Recieve over 50% off the retail price of WOW! books.
  • Earn incentive points toward our annual facilitator recognition program/prizes
  • Empower students to take action to minimize loss of wetlands and spread wetland awareness.

How do you become an EC- trained WOW! Facilitator?

A WOW! Facilitator is someone who has completed a standard WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Workshop and a WOW! Facilitator Training course led by EC staff, and is interested in getting others excited about wetland education. Facilitators can teach a WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands workshop for educators and others using WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands.

WOW! Facilitator Expectations and Requirements:

  • Dedication to wetland education.
  • Facilitators must take a WOW! Facilitator Training Course led by EC Educators.
  • Facilitators will conduct at least one WOW! workshop annually.
  • Facilitators must fill out their workshop proposal form and turn in to Environmental Concern six weeks before a scheduled WOW! course.
  • Facilitators must complete the Facilitator Feedback form annually and return it to EC by January 21.
Each year, WOW! Facilitator outreach is quantified and rewarded.  Every Facilitator receives as small gift of thanks, and the tops performing Facilitators receive gifts to reward their wetland dedication and contribute to their future lessons. 

Please contact the education department if you have any questions about the WOW! Facilitator program at teachwetlands@wetland.org

 

 

 

2017 Schedule for
Facilitator Led Workshops

Dates

Course

Courses will be added
as they become available.
4/1 WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
Irvine Nature Center
Owings Mills, MD
5/22 Project Wet Workshop
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Columbus, OH
5/22-24 Project Wet/WOW!
Facilitator Workshop
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Columbus, OH
6/15 WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Fayetteville, NC
6/15 Helping Wetland Habitats: An Introduction to POW!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Fayetteville, NC
6/19 Wild, Wild Aquatic, and
Growing Up Wild-In the Park

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
Akron, OH
6/20 Project Wet
Water Education for Teachers

Shady Bend Shelter
Water Works Park
Cuyahoga Falls
6/21 WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
Bath Nature Preserve
University of Akron Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education
Bath, OH
6/21 WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
National Aquarium,

Baltimore, MD

Current WOW! Facilitators
Forms
Workshop Proposal Form
Workshop Evaluation Form
Book Order Form
Facilitator Feedback Form
 
Current WOW! State Correlations

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WOW! Facilitator Certification
Facilitator Training Workshop

Project Wet-logoWOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Book

Are you are a current Project WET Facilitator? Would like to become a WOW! Facilitator?

  1. Contact your Project Wet coordinator to verify your eligibility to become a WOW! Facilitator.

  2. Your Project Wet coordinator will send you a link to take our certification quiz.  There is a $20 fee for this certification.

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Facilitator Led Courses

 

April 2017

Date
Course
Location
State
Cost
Registration
4/1 WOWI WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

Irvine Nature Center
Owings Mills

10:00am - 4:00pm
MD $15

For additional information or to register, please contact Katie Roof.
Email: RoofK@ExploreNature.org
Phone: 443-738-9214

 

May 2017

5/22 Wet Project Wet Workshop

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W. Whitter St
Columbus

8:30am - 4:30pm
OH $20

To register please contact:
Dennis Clement, Project WET State Coordinator
Email: dennis.clement@epa.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-644-2048

Please register by May 15, 2017

5/22-24 Wet/
WOW!
Project Wet/WOW!
Facilitator Workshop

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W. Whitter St
Columbus

Monday through Wednesday
8:30am - 4:30pm
OH $120

To register please contact:
Dennis Clement, Project WET State Coordinator
Email: dennis.clement@epa.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-644-2048

Please register by May 15, 2017

 

June 2017

6/15 WOWI WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Fayetteville

8:30am - 2:30pm
NC $35

Pre-registration is required and space is limited!  Pre-register at: 
https://form.jotformpro.com/63614815685969

CEU credits for teachers may be arranged upon request.

$30 Garden Members; $35 Non Members

Bring a sack lunch

Phone: 910-486-0221

6/15 POWI Helping Wetland HAbitats: An Introduction to POW! The Planning of Wetlands

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Fayetteville

3:00pm - 5:00pm

afternoon add-on
NC $10

Pre-registration is required and space is limited!  Pre-register at: 
https://form.jotformpro.com/63614815685969

CEU credits for teachers may be arranged upon request.

Phone: 910-486-0221

6/19 Wild Wild, Wild Aquatic, and
Growing Up Wild-In the Park

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
912 Portage Lakes Drive
Akron

8:30am - 4:30pm

Agenda
Info
OH $0

To register please send registration and fee of $45.00 for all 3 days to:
Gene Easter, 540 S. Ridgecliff St., Tallmadge Oh 44278
email: Gleaster@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 330-928-6691
Fax: 330-971-8172.

One day registrations are also available.

Please register by June 5, 2017– limited to 30 participants.

6/20 Wet Project Wet
Water Education for Teachers

Shady Bend Shelter
Water Works Park
2026 Munroe Falls Ave.
Cuyahoga Falls

8:30am - 4:30pm

Agenda
Info
OH $27

To register please send registration and fee of $45.00 for all 3 days to:
Gene Easter, 540 S. Ridgecliff St., Tallmadge Oh 44278
email: Gleaster@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 330-928-6691
Fax: 330-971-8172.

One day registrations are also available.

Please register by June 5, 2017– limited to 30 participants.

6/21 WOWI WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

Bath Nature Preserve
University of Akron Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education
4240 Ira Road
Bath

10:00am - 4:00pm

Agenda
Info
OH $18

To register please send registration and fee of $45.00 for all 3 days to:
Gene Easter, 540 S. Ridgecliff St., Tallmadge Oh 44278
email: Gleaster@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 330-928-6691
Fax: 330-971-8172.

One day registrations are also available.

Please register by June 5, 2017– limited to 30 participants.

6/21 WOWI WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

National Aquarium
Baltimore

9:30am - 4:00pm

MD $18

To register please call 410-576-3833
email: Lalbright@aqua.org

Registration is limited.