Contest Announcement!

The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual Curriculum Contest


Win a visit from renowned outdoor educator (and bug expert!) David George Gordon and copies of the outdoor education book The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual for your entire class of future citizen scientists!!

What better way to learn outdoor skills then by embarking on the search for the elusive Sasquatch? The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America's Most Elusive Creature is intended to inspire readers of all ages to observe nature more keenly, gather intriguing data, and hone their tracking and wilderness navigation skills.

With support from Washington Foundation for the Environment, Mountaineers Books is launching a curriculum contest, giving away copies of this book to educators interested in using the book in their classrooms.

Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual
Download the contest pdf form here

How to participate:

Are you an educator? Do you want to bring a curiosity and love for nature to your classroom?

PART ONE: GET A FREE BOOK
Let us know you want a free copy of the Sasquatch Seekers Field Manual by filling out this quick form, or simply send your name, school, classroom level, and mailing address to info@mounatineersbooks.org by September 15th. We will send free books to the first 50 educators interested, for your use as a flexible aid in your classroom or outdoor education program. Open to educators anywhere in the Lower 48.

PART TWO: WIN A CLASSROOM VISIT AND BOOKS FOR EACH OF YOUR STUDENTS
To enter the contest, fill out this form or Email us your curriculum plan idea with the subject line “SASQUATCH CURRICULUM CONTEST ENTRY” incorporating the Sasquatch Seekers Field Manual by October 5. This could be a curriculum for one hour, one day or one week – up to you. One educator will be selected as the contest winner by October 15. That educator will receive ~30 free copies of the book for their students/campers and a visit and presentation by David George Gordon, either in a classroom or out in the field to be arranged during Fall or Winter 2016 at a mutually agreeable time during the week. Open to educators in western Washington.

As a condition of winning, the winning curriculum will be posted online at www.mountaineersbooks.org to be freely available for other educators to use or adapt.

 


Special Thanks to the Washington Foundation for the Environment!

WFFEThis book giveaway and contest is made possible with the support of the Washington Foundation for the Environment. WFFE helps to facilitate effective environmental education and environmental literacy in Washington State.  Founded in 1979, WFFE provides small grants to environmental non-profits operating in Washington State for action-oriented and focused local environmental programs. WFFE also encourages middle and high school students to engage in environmental projects through juried and well publicized stewardship awards.


Why Participate in the Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual Curriculum Contest

Overwhelming research shows that kids who spend time outdoors are healthier, happier, and grow up to be more passionate about the environment and about conservation. The underpinning goal of author David George Gordon and of Mountaineers Books for this book is to serve the outdoor education community by providing a fun and engaging tool.

We want to inspire educators to incorporate more outdoor education into their curriculum. We hope that this book and contest can help make a fun, new curriculum available to educators worldwide.

Sasquatch Seeker's Field ManualFurther background on The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual

Gordon promotes becoming a proficient citizen scientist “as a step toward bringing Sasquatch into the daylight of scientific scrutiny.” Along the way, whether they see this elusive creature, its footprints, or no trace of it at all, readers will have built a deeper appreciation for the rich environment that the Wildman of the Woods may inhabit.

This book is divided into three sections.

Part I: Elements of a Successful Sasquatch Search
In the book’s first section, Gordon dives into citizen science, binomial nomenclature and the history of Sasquatch sightings. He also delves into the cultural significance of the Sasquatch in Native American mythology, explaining, for example, that the Chehalis are but one of dozens of tribes whose cosmologies include Sasquatch-like beings.

Sasquatch Seeker's Field ManualPart II: Protocols
In this section, Gordon explains the language and operating procedures of modern science, and the various guidance documents and procedure manuals have been created, field-tested, and adopted by citizen science teams throughout the world. He laments, “Alas, such guidance materials have not been devised for cryptozoological research. Among this book’s many intentions is to provide some preliminary protocols for gathering, reporting, and sharing data about the Sasquatch to fill this void.”
 
Gordon explains how to mount a search, interpret footprints, collecting scat, interview eyewitnesses and more. He concludes with a section about sharing your discoveries, which encourages readers to “work collaboratively—publishing your hypotheses in
scientific papers and posting them on websites, sharing your data with other honest and ethical Sasquatch seekers in the hopes of collectively resolving the mystery of the Sasquatch once and for all.”

Part III: Hiking Guide
In the final section of the book, Gordon describes 17 hikes in the Pacific Northwest where one might encounter a sasquatch. Trails included in this hiking guide spans from the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia to the north, to the Horse Ridge Trail to Mill Creek Lakes in California’s Trinity Alps.

 

Mountaineers Books is the publishing division of The Mountaineers, whose mission is to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The mission of Mountaineers Books is leading readers to lessons and pleasures of the outdoors. www.mountaineersbooks.org


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