MARYVILLE, Mo. — Alice Foose, an associate professor of recreation at Northwest Missouri State University, was named Missouri Facilitator of the Year by the Missouri Department of Conservation for her dedication to teaching environmental education.
Facilitators like Foose take leading roles in providing training to and educating the public about conservation issues.
Foose works closely with Project Water Education for Teachers (WET), Project Wildlife in Learning Design (WILD), Project WILD aquatic, Flying WILD and Project Learning Tree (PLT) — a set of environmental curricula that engages students in the outdoors and learning about ecosystems. It links various activities to STEM fields and to current education standards, a press release from the university said.
In a statement, Foose said she takes pride in mentoring students and getting them excited about the outdoors, and organizes workshops on the Northwest campus each fall and spring.
“As a facilitator I can teach others how to use the materials,” Foose said. “I've been able to get students not only trained but also have had quite a few students go on to be facilitators like myself. There are certifications that prepare students to work in a variety of educational, wildlife, park and recreation associated fields.”
Foose joined the Northwest faculty in 2006.