Natural Resource Institute

June 7-8, 2023

In partnership with ND Natural Resources Trust, North Dakota Forest Service and, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies


Wednesday June 7th

Registration: 8-9 A.M.

Opening Session Begins at 9 A.M.

Connecting Through Active Participation

Activities will be chosen from the AITC Curriculum Matrix lessons to fit the participants interests and grade level of instruction. Examples of activities are listed below. More details may be found on the National Agriculture in the Classroom website:

  • Birch Bark Journals with Soil Painting
  • Buzzy Buzzy Bee lesson
  • The Preservation Power of Honey
  • Gifts from the Sun
  • Perc Through the Pores
  • From Apple Cores to Healthy Soil
  • Don’t Use it All up!
  • Incredible Journey (floor model)
  • The Plant-n-Me
  • Breakout Box experience
  • Is My Salad Safe?
  • DNA Expressions in Agriculture

Thursday June, 8th

After breakfast, we will be extending beyond the classroom to local connections.

  • International Peace Garden
  • Pollinator Garden
  • Agricultural producer

Afternoon session: Drone Applications in Natural Resources – Dr. Linda Burbidge

Discover the science behind how a drone works, explore how drones are used in agriculture and natural resources and operate a drone for the purpose of surveying a field.

Transportation is provided to the extended classroom sites.

The afternoon will wrap up at 4 p.m.



Join us in Bottineau for an opportunity to experience current land management issues in North Dakota. While exploring the issues and identifying solutions, participants will receive real world, user friendly and classroom ready instruction from specially trained Food, Land and People facilitators, resource professionals, and scientists. Participants transfer the institute’s field studies to practical classroom applications. Participants will experience hands-on, minds-on learning through a balance of presentations, discussions, activities, field tours, and environmental investigations.

Natural Resource program faculty at DCB have designed a 1-credit Natural Resource Management course for K-12 teachers focusing on Earth’s land and soil resources. This two-day institute is one of several annual trainings which will:

Syllabus, Objectives, and Outcomes


  • Provide educators with current agricultural professional development training by National Center for Agriculture Literacy Curriculum specialists to understand larger concepts such as ecosystem balance, diversity, sustainability, watersheds and community.
  • Use resources available through FLP, AITC, ND Dept. of Ag with current educational concepts to help teachers with group activities, provide for individual differences, and learning styles and evaluate student’s learning.
  • Provide teachers with resources, lessons and classroom ready activities that they will be able to integrate into the current curriculum.
  • Build capacity for educators to transfer the institute's field investigation to practical classroom applications. These field investigations are evidence-based studies that bring the scientific process out of the laboratory and into the natural world. 


Materials will be provided. Participants will receive a Project WILD Curriculum & Activity Guide.



Registration Information

Registration fee: $25 participant

  • Includes room and board at Dakota College at Bottineau.
  • Graduate credit available for $50/credit hour.
  • Participating teachers will earn one credit for attending the 2-day camp.
  • Space is Limited

Walking in the forest

Registration Form for Class

Please fill out this form and then follow the instructions below the form to submit your payment. You can either pay by phone with the business office or send payment to Angie by mail.

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Pay by Phone

If you wish to pay by credit or debit card please call the business office at 701-228-5430 to pay by phone.

Pay by Mail

If you wish to mail your payment, please send your $25 check or money order to the following address.

Angie Bartholomay
NRI Forest Registration
105 Simrall BLVD
Bottineau, ND 58318