Fish & Wildlife Management and Outdoor Education Techniques for Educators, Thomas, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5627 C14/ EDU 4710 CFS22 (Graduate)
Instructor: Alison Thomas
Location: Buck Lake, Woodbury, VT
Dates and Times: July 14-19, 2019
3 graduate or undergraduate
Tuition: $650

Note: TUITION FOR THIS COURSE IS PAYABLE TO VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT, Attn: Educator's Course - Ali Thomas, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier VT 05620-3702. Questions about payment? Please contact instructor, Alison Thomas. Register with Vermont Fish & Wildlife first, using the "Register online now" link below. VT F&W will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

This program was developed based on the idea that each course needs to be as practical as possible and have an application for future training purposes. This application maybe demonstrated in many ways. 

The purpose of this brief document is to provide some ideas and ways that those experiences can be applied and developed into a course project. 

See syllabus for daily schedule.

Sunday, July 14th

2:00 – 6:00pm                    Introductions & Ecology Activities

Environmental Education Theories
Project WILD Introduction

                                                                              Instructor:           Ali Thomas

6:00 – 7:00pm                    Dinner

7:00 – 9:00pm                    WILD, GUW, Flying WILD background

Interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education programs designed for pre-K – grade 12 teachers emphasizing fish and wildlife.

Instructor:           Ali Thomas



Monday, July 15th

7:15 – 8:00am                    Breakfast

  • Read and discuss A Sand County Almanac section

8:00 – 9:30am                    Principles of Fish & Wildlife Management            

Review species management concepts and application of

                                                                                ecological principles to professional fish and wildlife


                                                                                Instructor:           Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife Division

9:30 – 10:30am                Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement                

Lecture on the activities of a State Game Warden in Vermont and how they relate to fish and wildlife management.

                                                                                Instructor:           Colonel Jason Batchelder

Vermont State Game Warden

10:30 – 12:00pm               Vermont’s Fisheries                      

Review of Vermont’s fisheries, ecology and management.

Instructors:         Pete Emerson, Fisheries Biologist

Noon                                     Lunch

  • Distribute Fisheries Exercise roles

1:00 – 6:00pm                    Fisheries Lab     

Visit a stream to assess its fishery and its future potential.  Participate in water quality analysis, electro-fishing and invertebrate sampling.


                                                                                                                Pete Emerson, Fisheries Biologist

                                                                                                                Tony Smith, Fisheries Biologist

                                                                                                               Steve Fiske, Aquatic Biologist


6:00 – 6:45pm                    Dinner

6:45 – 8:00pm                    Free Time or F&W Topics in the Legislature


                                                                                                                Louis Porter, F&W Commissioner

 Sand County Almanac Assignment #2 Read pages 203 – 222


Tuesday, July 16th

7:15 – 8:00am                    Breakfast

  • Read and discuss A Sand County Almanac section

8:00 – 9:30am                    Moose Management

                                                                                Instructor:           Cedric Alexander, Wildlife Biologist

9:30 – 5:45pm                    Field Trip – Forest & Wildlife Habitat Management          

Visit areas to demonstrate and discuss current, on-going                              wildlife and forestry habitat management practices.

                                                                                Instructors:         Cedric Alexander, Wildlife Biologist

                                                                                                                Paul Hamelin, Wildlife Biologist

5:45 – 6:30pm                    Dinner

6:30 – 8:00pm                    Forest & Recreation Management

                                                                                Instructor:           Michael Snyder

Department of Forest, Parks, & Recreation


  • Sand County Almanac Assignment #3 Read pages 237 - 261


Wednesday, July 17th

8:15 – 9:00am                    Breakfast

  • Read and discuss A Sand County Almanac section

9:00 – 10:30am  Schoolyard Habitat

Instructor:           Alison Thomas

10:30 – Noon                     Changing Scales in Environmental Education

Instructor:           Jens Hilke
                                Conservation Biologist                                                                                           

Noon                                     Lunch
Distribute roles for evening exercise lab– Land Reflections

                                                Ali Thomas

12:30 – 6:00pm                  Wetlands/Waterfowl Lab            

Visit nearby marsh to discuss wetland ecology and management.  Participate in insect, plant and water sampling.

                                                                                Instructor:           Shannon Morrison

                State Wetlands Coordinator  

6:00 – 7:00pm                    Dinner

7:00 – 9:00pm                    POSSIBLE: Chief Don Stevens – Abenaki Storytelling

Break/Project Planning



Thursday, July 18th                                                                            

5:30 – 8:00am                    Nature Walk      

Emphasis on plants trees, birds and wildlife signs.

Instructors:         Ali Thomas – Bird Walk (5:30am)  

Bob Popp, Botanist – Plant Hike (6:30am)

8:15 – 9:00am                    Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am                  Bat Kit

Instructor: Ali Thomas

10:00 – Noon                     .22 Rifle and Shotgun Shooting

                                                                                Instructor:           GMCC Staf

Noon – 12:30                     Lunch

12:30 – 2:00                        Black Bears of Vermont

                                                                                Instructor:           Forrest Hammond, Wildlife Biologist

                          2:00 – 3:30                           Life Histories                     

Furbearers --- emphasis on species biology, ecology, habitat requirements, management and the issue of trapping.

                                                                                Instructor:           Chris Bernier, Furbearer Biologist

3:30 –6:00pm                     BREAK                                                                             

6:00 – 6:30pm                    Dinner

6:30 – 9:00pm                    Role Playing Lab Exercise on Fisheries & Wildlife

                                                                                Instructor:           Ali Thomas

Course Objectives

  • Each student or group of students demonstrates appropriate skills that reflect the learning’s from the course experiences. 
  • Each student submits a project that meets the criteria described for a graduate-level project.

For additional course, registration and payment information

Alison Thomas
(802) 371-9975

Register online now!