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Fall workshop for science and nature educators

Published September 06. 2013 05:00PM

Carbon County Environmental Education Center, in conjunction with Promised Land State Park, will hold a fall workshop for science and nature educators.

"Making the Dead Come Alive" is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at CCEEC.

This workshop will offer instruction on the proper preparation and care of natural history collections. Participants will learn how to maintain taxidermy mounts, birds' nests, eggs, bones, pickled (wet) specimens and more.

"There's a safety issue here, too," says Susan Gallagher of CCEEC. "Some very old items may have been prepared with harmful chemicals such as arsenic or formaldehyde. We want educators to understand the risks, and to learn about safer alternatives."

Professional museum consultant John Simmons of Museologica will present most of the day's talks, which will also include information on plant preservation techniques, preventing damage to collections from insect pests, and utilizing collections in standards-based activities.

Each participant will take home free materials purchased through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Act 48 credit hours are available for teachers. A small fee covers the cost of an organic lunch and refreshments.

Space is limited to 25 participants. Those interested in attending should contact CCEEC at (570) 645-8597.

The EEC is located along White Bear Drive in Summit Hill, joust outside Jim Thorpe.

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