U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grant

The Washington Teachers of Teachers of Science (TOTOS) started working on projects with an environmental/sustainability theme in 2005. At the 2005 spring TOTOS meeting in Pullman, it was suggested that the group work together on a project of some sort. The theme of informal science education was chosen. Lynda Paznokas sent a survey out to the group asking what that project might look like from their university's standpoint. Almost every potential project had an environmental theme. Therefore, it was decided to refine the group project to be something dealing with the environment. The goal of the project was later refined to bring more significant environmental/sustainability education to our K-12 pre-service teacher education programs across the state.

TOTOS' first grant was called "Hands-On Experiential Environmental Education for K-12 Pre-Service Teachers and Washington Colleges and Universities." The national office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided $18,500. This grant ran from January 2006 through December 2006. The co-PIs for the grant were Lynda Paznokas (WSU science methods professor) and John Thielbahr (Director, Conferences and Professional Program for WSU's Center for Distance and Professional Education). The USFW grant provided funding for the initial planning of this TOTOS' environmental initiative at the 2006 spring meeting in Pullman, Washington. The professors also put on trainings for each other at that meeting, sharing environmental lessons that worked well in their own science methods courses. The grant also paid for the videotaping of the Outdoor Environmental Day (4-18-06) that Washington State University's K-8 science methods students put on for Pullman-area third graders at Klemgard County Park. The video was produced by Brian Maki from Washington State University's Center for Distance and Professional Education: Click Here for the video

Note: TOTOS (Teachers of Teachers of Science) consists of faculty members and adjunct instructors that teach K-12 science methods courses to future teachers at Washington's colleges and universities. Some science content faculty members also belong if they teach a science course specifically for pre-service teachers. Also included are invited colleagues who work in support of science education, such as Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partners.