On February 15th, Fort Union hosted an education workshop to kick off its first-ever curriculum-based education program.
Twenty-two participants, consisting of park staff and stakeholders, some who had not been to the monument in several years or had never before been to the monument, started off the workshop by getting out into the park and participating in an inquiry-based activity on the park grounds.
Various learning preferences were demonstrated as some participants drew pictures of the various features of the fort while others used the power of the written word to communicate the meanings that the monument held for them. The workshop continued in the new park headquarters, where participants were able to share what their expectations of the workshop were and which directions the education program could head.
The workshop was invaluable for generating ideas and creating future partnerships with local museums, libraries, schools, and associations. Sincerest appreciation goes out to the dedicated staff and participants who made this event a success.