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Department of Geology & Geophysics

Dept #3006

SH Knight Geology Building

Room #122

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3386

Fax: (307) 766-4440

Email: geographydept@uwyo.edu

Wyoming Geographic Alliance

The Wyoming Geographic Alliance (WGA), founded in 1990, is one of the 52 state-based alliances sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The goal of the WGA is to improve geography education in Wyoming. The WGA provides professional development programs for teachers, publishes a newsletter, distributes teaching materials, acts as a clearinghouse for curriculum materials and organizes National Geographic Awareness Week in Wyoming. The WGA is housed at the Department of Geography of the University of Wyoming.

Visit the Wyoming Geographic Alliance web site http://www.uwyo.edu/wga/

If you want more information contact Associate Professor Jacqueline J.J. Shinker at wga@uwyo.edu

 

WGA History

In October 1990, the Wyoming Geographic Alliance (WGA) received its official confirmation of the National Geographic Planning Grant. As a result, Dr. Ron Beiswenger attended the National Council of Geographic Education meetings in Williamsburg, Virginia to meet with National Geographic Education Program personnel. Since that time, the WGA has been housed in the Department of Geography which provides office and storage space. Several members of the Geography Department have worked with the Alliance including Ron Beiswenger, Linda Marston and William Gribb. The past nine years Sherry Tavegie has held a half time position as the WGA's project director to coordinate its activities.

The summer of 1991, four Wyoming teachers were trained as Teacher Consultants by National Geographic in Washington, DC. Since that time, numerous other teachers have been trained as Teacher Consultants in Washington, DC and at various summer institutes held at the University of Wyoming. Alliance trained Teacher Consultants are the core of the WGA. Summer institute topics have examined topics such as public lands, geography and technology, Wyoming energy, Wyoming agriculture, the Oregon Trail, the fur trade and Yellowstone National Park

 

 

Contact Us

Department of Geology & Geophysics

Dept #3006

SH Knight Geology Building

Room #122

1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3386

Fax: (307) 766-4440

Email: geographydept@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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