PLEASE NOTE: Regsitration for 2013 is closed. Please contact Arin at 701-258-1975 to be put on the waiting list.
The purpose of this great event is for students to meet professionals who work in the environmental sciences every day, thereby gaining an understanding of how the science concepts they are learning in school apply to real life situations.
Students attend several presentations on environmental topics that allow them to be engaged in hands-on activities. The festival also provides students with the opportunity to learn about careers in various fields of environmental science and make a connection between science learning in the classroom and applied science in the workforce.
2012 marked the 13th year Gateway to Science has hosted Environmental Festival. Over 1,000 5th grade students and their teachers and chaperones are served each year. They come from multiple counties, last year including: Burleigh, McLean, Morton, Oliver, and Stutsman.
Environmental Festival is made possible each year because of the generous support of volunteer presenters (37 in 2012) and classroom guides and other volunteers (28 in 2012). Community sponsors contribute to ensure that this wonderful opportunity is available to fifth grade teachers and their students free of charge.
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AE2S – Basin Electric Power Coop – Bismarck State College – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation – Great River Energy – MDU ECO Fund – ND Forest Service – ND American Waterworks Association – ND Water Environmental Association – Roughrider Electric Cooperative
Airport Projects & the Environment – Tina Fricke & Kayla Block-Torgerson, Kadrmas Lee & Jackson
Simulating methods for Estimating Population Size- Dr. Michael T. Lares, University of Mary, Department of Biology
Introduction to Air Quality – Keith Hinnenkamp & Justin Otto, ND Dept. of Health, Division of Air Quality
Mystery Minerals – Lorraine Manz, ND Geological Survey
Owl Barf-ology- Amy Schimetz, Lake Metigoshe State Park Outdoor Learning Center
Soil Health and Exploration- Susan Liebig, Dr. Mark Liebig, Perry Sullivan, Kyle Thomson, & Matt Flink, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Story Behind the Switch – Kimberly Kranz, Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Water Towers, Pumps, Fire Engines & Your Home Faucet –
Whale of a Tail – Sherry Niesar, ND Game & Fish Dept.
Battle of the Bulbs – Lyndon Anderson, Great River Energy
Environmental Protection at a Coal Mine – Jessica Unruh, The Coteau Properties Company
Every Tree for Itself – Glenda Fauske, ND Forest Service, North Dakota State University
Leave No Trace – Babete Anderson, USDA Forest Service – Dakota Prairie Grasslands
Only Rain Down the Drain – Colleen Peterson & Terry Halstengard, Bismarck Public Works Dept.
Recycling & Energy Reduction Measures – Galen Bren & Diana Trussell, City of Bismarck
Incredible Water Journey – Tina Harding, ND State Water Commission
H2Olympics – Tina Harding, ND State Water Commission
Water Filtration – Laith Hintz & Brett Morlok, AE2S
Water Treatment & Testing – Bill Gefroh & Dean Woehl, City of Bismarck
Thunder, Lightning & Hail, Oh My! –Dan Brothers, Atmospheric Research Board