Using Playback Theatre to Explore Culture, Identity and Community: (Free)

Feb. 11, 2014 (Snow date Feb. 13), 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Museum, 26 Main Street, Peterborough, NH.   In this innovative workshop offered jointly by the Mariposa Museum and the NH Theatre Project, educators will gain experience in using “playback theatre” as a tool for exploring cultural perceptions and experiences. Playback theatre is an exciting technique that incorporates storytelling, oral history and docu-drama. Participants will be encouraged to mine their memories, share their stories, and then step into each others’ shoes as stories are enacted on the spot. Teachers will learn to facilitate classroom exercises that are engaging and that break down barriers between cultural groups, enhance awareness of one’s own cultural biases, and build cross-cultural understanding and empathy. Perceptions linked not only to ethnicity and nationality but also to gender, class, age, and power will be explored. The workshop is free thanks to support from the NH Humanities Council. CEUs available. Among the social studies curriculum standards addressed are Geography 4, US/NH History 5 and World History...

Mount Washington Observatory Land Navigation 101, August 9

Land Navigation 101 August 9, 2013 This comprehensive course will familiarize participants with the proper use of map and compass when navigating in wilderness environments. Topics include reading topographic maps, compasses, measuring and following bearings, creating trip plans, "improvised" navigation, and more. Schedule The workshop will commence at 8:30am and conclude at 4:30pm, beginning at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, located at 2779 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, NH. This eight-hour course will spend the first four hours in the classroom and the second four hours in the field. Cost The fee for members of Observatory is $95 and $125 for non-members. This fee includes instruction and associated materials. Reservations To reserve your spot, please contact Mount Washington Observatory Director of Education Michelle Cruz at (800) 706-0432, ext 225 or mcruz@mountwashington.org Space is limited, so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Class size is restricted to 12 people to insure plenty of hands on instruction and supervision by the educator. A minimum of six participants is needed for this course to run. Refunds No refunds will be issued after August 1. Physical Requirements Participants should be in good physical condition and able to hike uphill for 2+ hours and carry a light daypack. Closed toe footwear required (no flip flops). For the safety of all concerned, those who are not in good physical condition or not properly clothed will NOT be allowed to participate on the field trip portion of the workshop,and refunds will NOT be possible. Gear Requirements Daypack 1 liter water Lunch/snacks Comfortable hiking clothes (cotton not recommended) Rain jacket or water resistant wind breaker...

Two June workshops sponsored by The Little Nature Museum

Edible Wild Plants Workshop June 8, 10 AM – Noon (rain date, 6/9) with Rudy Bourget* Learn to identify and safely prepare wild edible plants and learn the basics of safe and responsible foraging. Learn Native American uses for wild plants. Enrollment limited to 20. Min. age 11, unless with an adult. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Becoming a Woods Ninja Workshop (How to move silently through the woods to see wildlife) June 22, 10 AM – Noon with Rudy Bourget*   Ninja were known for their ability to disappear and to move without a sound. Learn how to use those skills to get close to and observe wildlife.   Enrollment limited to 10. Min. age 8. Location: Meet at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum parking lot in Warner. Preregistration required: To register, call 746-6121 or print out and mail the form from www.littlenaturemuseum.org/Calendar.html Cost for each workshop: $15, Little Nature Museum & Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Members; nonmembers, $20. Proceeds benefit The Little Nature Museum *Information on outdoor/survival skill expert, Rudy Bourget at...

Building a Survival Shelter Workshop

Saturday, October 20 (no rain date) Gould Hill Farm, 656 Gould Hill Rd., Contoocook, NH 2 PM – 4 PM The greatest danger to the lost or injured hiker is hypothermia. Learn to recognize the warning signs of hypothermia, the mechanisms of heat loss, and how to build a survival shelter using just what nature has to offer. For ages 15 – adult (ages 13 or 14 with an adult). Preregistration required. Registration limited to 10. Call 746-6121 to register or for more information. $20, museum members. $25, nonmembers All proceeds benefit the Museum. Instructor information: Rudy Bourget has 40+ yrs. outdoor & wilderness survival skills experience and has been very active in Boy and Cub Scout leadership and training for nearly 20 years. He was a founding member of the White Mountain Primitive Skills Group and has presented primitive skills programs at the New England Primitive & Maine Primitive Gatherings. More information about the instructor can be found at:...

Map and Compass Workshop

Saturday, October 20; raindate, October 21 Gould Hill Farm, 656 Gould Hill Rd., Contoocook, NH 11 AM – 1 PM Every year we hear stories about people getting lost in the woods; too often the story ends with tragedy. Learn skills including map reading, using a compass, and basic GPS that will reduce your chances of getting lost in the woods and increase the likelihood of being found safely. The program for grades 9 – adult. Preregistration is required. Registration is limited to 10. Call 746-6121 to register or for more information. $20, museum members. $25, nonmembers All proceeds benefit the...

Free Geography Standards Webinar

Don’t miss the first webinar of the season on August 29th! Join us for an informative look at the newly updated Geography Standards! GFL2 or Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition has finally arrived! This presentation will highlight the changes that are featured in the second edition of the national standards and provide an overview of the new edition. A new colorful 3-column layout allows teachers to see content in all three grade bands at one time. The organization of this second edition focuses on Doing Geography. There are three new classroom vignettes that describe examples of doing geography at each of the three grade bands in the standards to help teachers as they envision doing geography in their own classrooms. By organizing the geographic perspectives, content knowledge, and skills sections together in Part II of the document, the document provides examples of how to engage students in doing geography and developing useful geographic practices. An expanded glossary is a valuable resource in building geography vocabulary for K-12 students. The presentation will also include an opportunity for questions and answers as well as helpful discussions about the many ways to use this updated resource in support of existing state and district level standards. It’s the perfect way to start your school year with the newest tools in your tool belt! Title: Meet the New Geography Standards Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Cost: Free to EVERYONE! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003...