Creek Farm began its collaborative work with Alexander Bogolyubov, President of
Association Ecosystem and Director of the Moscow Center for Field Studies, Moscow,
Russia. Michael and Alexander initiated their first project developing a series of 40
seasonal ecological field study videos and manuals for teachers and their students. The
materials have recently been published.
Creek Farms next major project was a partnership with Association Ecosystem
and the National Teachers Enhancement Network to develop on-line graduate level courses
focusing on teaching teachers about ecological field studies. This project was funded
through the National Science Foundation (NSF) USA. The Ecological Field Study Courses
offered through Montana State University connected teachers throughout the United States
and Russian Federation. The prototype courses have been further developed and have been
offered every academic semester since the fall of 1999.
In 2003 Creek Farm joined with its Russian colleagues to go beyond university-based
courses and to create CREEKFARM NETWORK. The network is designed to bring together people
world-wide who are interested in nature, the environment and promoting positive personal