A Wyoming archaeologist is one of two national award winners for the Bureau of Land Management’s “Excellence in Interpretation or Education” Awards.
Kierson Crume, Archaeologist, Cody Field Office, Wyoming BLM, received the award for developing the “Take it Outside! Living Landscapes” project, a hands-on, experiential learning program that helps students discover relationships between ecosystem structure and past and present human activities.
He works with Project Archaeology Master Teacher’s Ryan Boettcher and Freda Miller in Bighorn County every summer to provide outdoor educational opportunities to students. Kierson’s program emphasizes the use of direct experiences as tools to better understand cultural, biological, and physical interactions and contexts. In the process of gaining environmental and cultural literacy, students begin to understand that humans are an integral part of the ecosystems in which they live, and that human activities impact the environments in which they occur.
The winners were selected from an outstanding group of nominees, who were evaluated on the creativity of their work and how it
• enhances the public’s awareness of public land resources and their relationship to people;
• provides the public with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve public and private lands;
• helps the BLM accomplish management goals and objectives;
• involves partners; and
• is accessible and sensitive to diverse audiences.
Read Ryan Boettcher’s blog post for more information on the summer program and to see kids experiencing an archaeological site! Archaeology Summer School Program