St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service
Initiated in 2002 by members of the
Environmental Science Education (ESE)
Area of Expertise, Best Practices for Field
Days (BPFD) is a University of Minnesota
Extension Service professional development
program for the people involved in field
days. It involves learning how to design and
deliver educational events that apply six
research-based practices to maximize the
educational impact of these events—
- centering the event around a single
- assessing audience before the event,
- planning the setting for effective
- using appropriate teaching methods,
- developing and implementing regular
- integrating marketing.
A variety of products and services
encompass the program: technical articles, a
curriculum & planning tools that can be
purchased online, customized workshops
and in-depth evaluations of events.
Through maximizing the impact of field
days for the 10 thousand+ students who
participate annually, the BPFD program
seeks to increase the educational return on
thousands of volunteer hours and public
dollars invested each year in these events.
Program impacts include: a) collaboration,
more economical, efficient & effective field
day programs, b) creating an “interest
pipeline” for youth to explore careers in
natural resources, science & technology, c)
increasing citizen environmental literacy and
abilities to enact natural resource and
environmental protection & enhancement
through programs that reach young people.
Meyer, N. (2005). Best Practices for Field Days:2005 Report of Outcomes and Impacts. Making an Impact with Environmental Field Days: Workshops for Organizers and Presenters. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Best Practices for Field Days
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Best Practices for Field Days: 2005 Report of Outcomes and Impacts: Making an Impact with Environmental Field Days: Workshops for Organizers and Presenters.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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