Conservation Education Programs

The Regional Environmental Educational Series (TREES)

Tom Gibson has been a free-lance environmental educator/entertainer since 1986. He developed his first program, Pierre Bottineau, during the summer of 1983 and continues to portray the voyageur along with several other characters in his work to promote environmental education and awareness.

Available Programs

Program Ia:
K-3rd Grade Program
30 Minutes
“Pete Bogg and the Amazing Water Machine”
Pete Bogg is a cowboy/rancher, complete with a southern drawl, who demonstrates the “Amazing Water Machine.” During the half hour program, students are introduced to the water cycle. By sharing some of his own experiences on the ranch, he encourages the students to think of a way that we can all practice conserving our precious water resources.

Program Ib:
K-3rd Grade Program
30 Minutes
“Water You Doing”
This is another one of the series of programs that is best suited for the K-3rd grade levels. In this program, a German immigrant named “Gunnar” takes students back to the early 1800’s and portrays the captivating struggle to obtain adequate water. He shares what life was like for the settler and how their lives were dependent upon a good, clean and constant supply of water.

Program II:
K-3rd Grade Program
30 Minutes
“Sam Ting”
Where would a Norwegian get a name like “Sam Ting?” If you know the answer then chances are you have been a participant in one of the programs that Sam Ting presented this past year. Sam delights audiences of almost any age with his Norwegian accent and humor. While entertaining his audience with his stories and jokes, Sam also teaches natural resource conservation awareness through the story of the weasel family.

Program IIIa:
4-6 Grade Program
60 Minutes
“Common Cents”
“JUDGES, are you ready??” Does that question make you flinch? Teachers who have had the opportunity of having their class participate in one of the two games shows know that they better be ready or they will suffer the consequences of having Darin Ewe track them down! Students are given the opportunity to be contestants who respond to natural resource based questions. Correct answers will win them ‘valuable’ “Conservation Bucks”, or they may need some “Common Cents!” This program has become one of the favorite programs for the older students.

Program IIIb:
4-6 Grade Program
60 Minutes
“More Common Cents”
Utilizing much the same format as Program 3a, “Darin Ewe” is back as host of more game show fun. Designed to demonstrate the interdependencies of our natural resources, the students are again given the opportunity to be contestants in this test of their “Common Cents”.

Program IV:
K-3rd Grade Program
30 Minutes
4-6 Grade Program
50 Minutes
“Traveling with Lewis & Clark”
Experience a bit of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with this program by “George Gibson.” George Gibson was one of the nine men from Kentucky that enlisted in the US Army to join the Corps of Volunteers for the North Western Discovery. The program takes the audience back to March 1805 at Ft. Mandan and Pvt. Gibson is out hunting. The students are given the opportunity to interact with Pvt. Gibson by doing some trading of goods.

Coming soon