NATURE SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS: SCHOOLYARD HABITATS
Nature School for Teachers is an opportunity for K-8 teachers to immerse themselves in science by exploring their local habitat, and meaningfully connect with the science practices embedded in the Massachusetts Science Frameworks. Mass Audubon educators and scientists will facilitate hands-on engagements with nature, rich discussions, and content-rich presentations. Participants will practice field science and inquiry-based learning methods by studying and exploring local habitats, conducting field research, and designing investigations and field experiences that will have direct applicability to their classroom. The course will introduce principles of ecology (ecosystems, habitats, adaptation, food webs, cycles and systems, energy flow, and the influence of climate change), and highlight their connections to the earth, life, and physical science standards. Facilitators will suggest methods and resources for helping students learn and practice science through the exploration of their schoolyards and neighborhoods, and will model practical ways to teach in an outdoor environment.
SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION
Join us for a three-day conference on climate change education built by educators and climate change professionals from across North America! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas. This energizing experience will connect you to an engaged and authentic community seeking to build collective strength to inspire hope and action in our communities.
During the first two virtual days, hosted by Climate Generation in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Program, educators can select from concurrent workshops led by climate leaders on an array of topics. During the third day, participants will attend an in-person cohort workshop with other educators from across the Northeast region, facilitated and hosted by Mass Audubon and Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Educators will explore local impacts, actionable solutions, connections to local experts, and planning and networking. They will also have an opportunity to explore The Kern Center, a living building on the Hampshire College campus.