The school year may be more than half over, but that doesn’t mean Arizona Game and Fish Department’s professional development is wrapping up. The department has announced a number of new training opportunities designed for Arizona educators.

Felines of the

borderlands workshop

The beautiful Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona is the site for exploring the “Felines of the Borderlands” on Saturday, March 7.

Participants will learn about the natural history and management of Arizona’s native wild cats while receiving lots of ideas and resources to bring back to the classroom. An iconic figure in jaguar conservation will be a special speaker. Educational activities will be geared toward middle and high school teachers. However, all educators are welcome to register.

Learn about the impacts of wildfires on wildlife

Wildfires have been in the news quite a bit lately. This past summer, the Woodbury Fire burned the Superstition Mountains, a popular spot for hikers and other outdoor recreationists. More recently, wildfires have been ravaging the Australian landscape as firefighters do everything they can to stop the destruction. Join AZGFD as it takes a closer look at these and other famous fires and discuss their impacts to wildlife.

This workshop will take place at the base of the Superstition Mountains on Saturday, April 25. It is designed specifically for Arizona educators. Meet with experts while also participating in classroom-ready educational activities.

New mini workshops at outdoor expo

On March 28 and 29, AZGFD will be hosting its annual Outdoor Expo. This wildly popular public event draws people from across the state to explore outdoor recreation opportunities and Arizona wildlife. This year, we are excited to be offering a series of mini educator workshops during this event. These short, 1.5 hour sessions will provide a crash course in specific wildlife management topics and include classroom-ready ideas and professional development credit.

For more information, visit azgfd.gov.

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