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Free teacher/youth leader training on invasive plants and biocontrol to be held Aug. 5 - 7

Posted 7/24/2008

ELKO, Nev. — Attention all teachers and youth leaders — are you looking for a fun way to get children interested in hands-on and relevant issues in their own backyard? The Bugs with an Attitude Institute will be held at the Great Basin College in Elko from Aug. 5 — 7. The course is designed for educators interested in teaching youth about native ecosystems and the threat from invasive plants.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify noxious weeds;
  • How weeds affect the native plants;
  • Why noxious weeds are such a threat; and
  • How to use some insects as biological agents to slow the spread of invasive plants.

Scholarships are available for travel and lodging. One-and-a-half days will be in the classroom and one day will be spent in the field.

To learn more about the class or register, contact Linda Ries at (801) 625-5254, or email her at laries@fs.fed.us, or call Jay Paxson at (775) 738-7291. The class flier has a registration form that is located on the Web at www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/news/registration.pdf.

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