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Harpers Ferry Historical Park to host educational institutes

May 05, 2008

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - This summer, teachers can register for two educational institutes at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park:

"John Brown: the Road to Harpers Ferry" will be Monday, June 23, to Friday, June 27.

"Bridging the Watershed" runs from Monday, July 7, to Friday, July 11.

"John Brown: the Road to Harpers Ferry" guides fourth- through 12th-grade teachers through Brown's raid. This institute will prepare teachers to use historic documents, images and new technologies.

This summer institute is limited to 25 participants and includes books and other teaching resource materials; field trips to sites in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the surrounding area; and an opportunity for three hours of graduate credit from Shepherd University at a cost of $105.

There is no charge for the institute. However, teachers are responsible for their own lodging, meals and travel. Information about local lodging is available.

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"Bridging the Watershed" offers a summer institute at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Monocacy National Battlefield Park for high school environmental science, Earth science, chemistry, biology, integrated physics teachers, National Park Service rangers and volunteers in parks.

Participants will learn BTW curricula and strategies to implement hands-on activities in the classroom, engage in field studies in national parks, keep a field journaling notebook - and complete a project due at the end of the institute.

Teachers will receive a stipend for full participation in the five-day institute, plus a follow-up field study with high school students in a national park during September, October or November. Stipends will be issued in December. This training also qualifies teachers for three graduate credits available from West Virginia University at a cost of $130. Credit will be issued at the end of the fall semester.

Applications for this training are available at www.fergusonfoundation.org. Applicants must pay a $50 registration fee for the institute.

More information can be obtained by calling Jeanne Troy at 301-297-8757 or e-mailing jtroy@fergusonfoundation.org. Applications must be received by Sunday, June 1.

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