The Way We Live


...and how our choices impact our environment



Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well
The Summer Workshop was held in June, with a follow-up in November. Watch here for information about our January-May 2017 100% online course!

Part I:  Thursday and Friday, June 16-17, 2016 (9-4) 
Part II: Saturday, November 12, 2016 (9-12:30)

Enrollment information may be found at the bottom of this page. 

Students post their needs and wants

Students in Janesville 6-8th grade classes identified "needs" and "wants" and made decisions about material possessions as they relate to quality of life. Teachers Emily Stensland and Liz Foelske included global studies, and a mentoring project, in their unit of study. 

To read a summary of teacher feedback from the Summer 2015 workshop, click here.

Center for Outdoor Learning, Hinton, Iowa

Audience: Targeted specifically to PreK-8th grades. Great for nearly all subject areas. 9-12 grade Language Arts, Social Studies and Environmental Science are welcomed, as materials are adaptable. Other secondary teachers: Contact instructor before enrolling.

Credit: One hour of graduate OR undergraduate credit

Cost:  $75, but you will receive a stipend of $75 when you successfully complete the course, thanks to grant support.*  

*Stipends and reduced tuition fees are provided through the generous support of the Resources Enhancement and Protect Conservation Education Program and UNI EPSCoR. To receive the stipend, your students will need to complete a community engagement project. Your students can write letters to editors, post posters in schools or communities for viewing by community members, or a number of other options. Undergraduates: Up to four undergraduate education majors are eligible for a $75 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop (no community engagement project is necessary for undergrads). 

Workshop description: Explore with your K-8 students the products Americans use daily--the "stuff of life." These products have a life cycle. They are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe--including in Iowa. Study how this "stuff" is a primary source of environmental problems, and examine how this relates to life satisfaction. Then, identify individual and collective actions to address these challenges. Course content is real and relevant. Materials introduced are interdisciplinary and classroom-ready. Your students will learn essential skills and concepts from the Iowa Core and NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. Click here for learning objectives. 

"Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well" workshop participants

You will receive:

  • One hour of graduate (or undergraduate) credit
  • $40+ of free books and resources such as Agatha’s Feather Bed, by Carmen Agra Deedy, and The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brambeau
  • Free meals and refreshments
  • Loads of great classroom-ready resources and background information so you enrich your teaching and make your work more challenging and meaningful

Requirements: After attending Part I, participants develop a mini-unit using at least two new-to-them resources provided at the workshop. Educators wanting graduate credit then return to their classrooms and teach mini-units, integrating their new knowledge and materials into existing curricula. In the Part II November workshop, educators exchange information, discussing what worked and what didn’t.  It's a fun, exciting workshop!

Participation in all of Parts I & II is required for undergraduate and graduate credit.

Instructor: Susan Salterberg 

Our instructor philosophy: We aim to model effective teaching strategies and introduce concepts and materials with passion, enthusiasm and honesty, challenging you to think critically. We also are committed to providing you with practical, engaging resources to help your students learn essential skills.

Contact Susan Salterberg to learn more (, 319-337-4816).

To enroll:  Click here to access the enrollment form. IMPORTANT: Use the information below to assist you in completing the indicated sections of the Enrollment Form. Other sections on the form should be self-explanatory. (If you have difficulty submitting the form, please contact Trisha in the UNI Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7771.  Or, call 800-648-3864 to be transferred to Trisha.)

1.    After entering your Social Security number or UNI ID, complete the following additional sections:  Tuition Fee -- $75; Class Location --  Hinton, Iowa; Dates: 6/16-17/2016 

7.    Class Nbr -- Undergraduate enter 61346; Graduate enter 61347; Title -- Enter Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well; Units of Credit -- Enter 1; Instructor -- Enter Salterberg

8.    Indicate Undergraduate or Graduate credit

10.  List your previous degree information if taking the course for Graduate credit

16.  Click “I AGREE” to submit your Enrollment Form.  You will receive an automated reply saying it has been submitted.

Directions:  The workshop will be held at the Dennis L. Sohl Center for Outdoor Learning, 25601 C60, Hinton, IA 51024 

Supported by: REAP Conservation Education Program, UNI EPSCoR, landfills and solid waste agencies.