Summer 2017 Workshops

The NDGA is pleased to announce our summer 2017 teacher workshop opportunities.

JUNE 5, 6, 7 - 2018 Summer Institute. “Geographic Inquiry in Historic Medora”

Our annual summer geography education workshop. The 2018 class will focus on Geo-Inquiry. This 3-day 2 credit class will take place in Medora. This class will focus on the unique heritage of the North Dakota Badlands and the people who live there, with an emphasis on field trips and outdoor activities. It will also include hands-on instruction in data collection methods, including a session on how to get started collecting and integrating Geo-Inquiry into classroom lessons. Another area covered will be the new and easy-to-use GIS tools available to enhance learning in social science courses. Priority for this class will be given to teams of 2 or 3 middle school teachers from the same schools.  However, the class is open to all curriculum areas and grade levels. (Lodging and some meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition fee for 2 credits is $100, no class fee.

June 12-13 - 2018 Ag in the Classroom Farm Tour.  “When West Meets East.”

The 2018 farm tour is going to the eastern part of the state.  Join us as we visit the Red River Valley area to learn about how farming in eastern North Dakota is different from that in the west.  This tour will depart from Minot.  We will visit agriculture related businesses from Devils Lake to Grand Forks. The tour will visit beet and potatoes fields and processing plants.  We will visit the North Dakota State Mill and Elevator to learn about the nation’s only state-owned flour plant.  We will spend one night in Grand Forks.  This class will feature both one and two credit options.  Participants will be allowed to join us in Devils Lake if that is more convenient.  (Lodging and some meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition fee for one credit is $50, two credits $100, and $50 class fee.

June 20-22 - 2018 North Dakota Teachers Resource Coalition. “World War 1 and North Dakota.”

For more information or to register, contact: Erik Holland at 701-328-2792,

July 31-Aug 2 - 2018 GeoFIT “The Environment: Our Essential Resource.”

The 2018 GeoFIT classroom on wheels will focus on the Missouri River as it winds through north central North Dakota. We will look at the historic, energy, environmental, and economic impact this river has had on our state. This 3 day-two credit class will start at Stanton at the Coal Country Inn. Expert presenters from the Garrison Dam, National Fish Hatchery, Audubon Wildlife Refuge and LEED Center, Knife River Indian Villages, Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Mandan, Cross Ranch State Park, Great River Energy Plant, and State Historical Society of ND will also provide resources. (Two nights of lodging and two noon and two evening meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition for 2 credits is $100, and $100 class fee.

2016 GeoFIT: Human Geography: Faces and Places
August 1-4, 2016 – NE Quadrant of ND

2016 GeoFIT Group Photo
The North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS) and North Dakota Geographic Alliance (NDGA) partnered to deliver their ninth Geographically FIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers) entitled Human Geography: Faces and Places in 2016. GeoFIT is a professional development opportunity for all PreK-12 educators across the state and is held each summer in a different location. The institute provides experiential learning and resources for curriculum planning and development and how to help foster environmental responsibility of natural resources in stewards of all ages. Educators had an opportunity to expand their content knowledge and study how geology, geography and forests can work together to minimize environmental impacts and land disturbances, as well as improve and protect surface and ground water. The four-day traveling "classroom on wheels" (charter bus) tour began in the Pembina Gorge forest near Walhalla and traveled to the Gingras Trading Post, Icelandic State Park, a Christmas Tree Farm, a riparian restoration site at Park River Bible Camp, viewed the algal bloom at Homme Dam, discussed community forestry in Grafton, took water samples at Drayton, studied human geography at Pembina, and returned to Walhalla to discuss how environmental issues may be addressed and resolved.

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Tree Study goes International

Minot High School seniors Brandon Christman and Allison Rabe saw an opportunity to learn from the 2011 Souris River flood. "It was a terrible event and I am glad that we could take something positive from it and now we can show other people what trees to plant, what kind, and how tall you want them to be so we can mitigate damage in the future." North Dakota Geographic Alliance member Joe Super collaborated with a Minot State University professor to provide the students some guidance. They presented their work at an International Junior Forest Contest in St. Petersburg in September.


A total of 38 participants took part in the 2013 Geographically FIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers),
which was a broad-learning experience covering four days in west central North Dakota.