Science in the Outdoors: Birds
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA

Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions
Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017 at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA

Native Knowledge Systems and STEM Education, June 21-23, 2017, Forks, WA

Building a Land Ethic Conference, June 22-24, 2017, Baraboo, WI. Theme: Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide.

Foundations of Inquiry, Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017 at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, June 26-28, 2017, St. Paul, MN

46th Annual NAAEE Conference in Puerto Rico, October 17-21, 2017. Deadline for scholarships June 16, 2017

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference, August 3-5, 2017, Seattle WA.

See Descriptions in order of Date, Below
 

Woodland Park Zoo Educator Professional Development
These Courses are open to all educators, including pre-service teachers, and other professionals. Advance registration is required. For more information call 206.548.2424, email classes@zoo.org or see the Education section of the zoo’s Web site: www.zoo.org

Science in the Outdoors: Birds

Saturday, May 20, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo
Most appropriate for teachers of grades 4-8
Cost: $72 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 6 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration
Registration due date: Monday, May 15, 2017

Spend a day at Woodland Park Zoo learning more about our feathered friends, from owls to penguins. Participants will explore the physical and behavioral characteristics of birds of the Pacific Northwest and from biomes around the world.  The course will illustrate the threats birds face in the wild and how conservation programs are working to ensure their survival. Ideas will be provided for engaging students in learning about birds, in the classroom and in the outdoors, while meeting state learning standards for life science. Participants will practice scientific field methods for observing and identifying birds, and will learn how to participate in programs to monitor birds in our local habitats.

 

Native Knowledge Systems and STEM Education
June 21-23, 2017

Three-day teacher workshop at the UW Olympic Natural Resource Center, Forks WA. Learn and share resources to successfully engage native and all students in culturally relevant ST'HEAM (science, technology, humanities, arts and math). Preferences will be given to teachers on the Washington Coast and western Washington. Teacher stipend, free lodging and some meals, transportation costs, free clock hours. To register, contact leschenbach@e3washington.org.

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Building a Land Ethic Conference June 22-24, 2017

The conference will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County in Baraboo, WI, and the theme of the event is “Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide.”

A land ethic is caring: caring for people, the land, and all that connects us. We invite you to share your experiences with stewarding the land, fostering community and connection, and bringing the land ethic to others by submitting a concurrent session proposal to our Building a Land Ethic Conference in June.

This event convenes educators, conservation professionals, students, and everyday people who are working to build upon our individual and collective strengths by embracing diverse views, values, and backgrounds. The theme of this year’s conference is “Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide” and proposals are being accepted in the following categories:

  • Engaging Thinking Communities
  • Land Ethic Youth Education
  • Leopold and Higher Education
  • Working Toward Land Health
  • The Art of Leopold
  • The Science of Leopold
  • Leopold and Leadership
  • Creating an Inclusive Land Ethic

Presenters can also choose to do a 10-minute “bright spot” presentation, a 45-minute traditional presentation, or a 90-minute hands-on presentation.

Proposals are due no later than March 15, 2017. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit our “Call for Session Proposals” page. Questions may also be directed to Anna Hawley at 608-355-0279, ext. 28, or gro.dlopoelodla@anna.

All presenters are required to register for the conference and pay the registration fee. You can register just for the day of your presentation or for the full conference. Conference registration will open in late February.

Note: E3 Strategic Advisor Lisa Eschenbach's family if from Baraboo Wisconsin. She recommends that conference attendees be sure to visit Devil's Lake State Park:)

 

Foundations of Inquiry

Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)

Course fee for 30 clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.

Registration due date: July 3, 2017

This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning while gaining a new familiarity with Woodland Park Zoo as an informal science education setting. Through making observations on zoo grounds, developing comparative questions, devising investigations to answer those questions and communicating results, participants will experience the full process of inquiry and will learn how to facilitate this process with their audiences. This type of first-hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thinking, increasing students’ awareness and concern for the local environment and its inhabitants. We will engage in activities that demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will discuss case studies that illustrate the use of inquiry to improve science learning and engage students/citizens as leaders in their communities.

Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. They will learn to develop a comparative question, design an inquiry‐driven scientific study, and develop their skills in scientific writing and research. Participants will come away with information and techniques for applying inquiry in classroom and informal education settings, developing inquiry skills in their audiences and assessing inquiry-based learning. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

 

Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions

Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)
Course fee for 30 clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Registration due date: July 10, 2017

Get involved in conservation solutions in your own community and around the world! Participants in this course investigate environmental stewardship, research science and conservation opportunities and solutions in their local communities, practice inquiry-based learning, develop a conservation project to be used in their classroom or community, and reflect on ecological and carbon footprints.

Course participants will consider local and global conservation issues affecting wildlife, and then focus in on three major opportunities for educators and communities to take action: 1) reducing our carbon footprints to slow the impacts of climate change, 2) making sustainable consumer choices to conserve resources and support wildlife conservation, and 3) engaging in place-based education to understand and care for the natural world.

At the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of community-based conservation, with a particular emphasis on current issues facing local habitats in the communities where they live. Participants will also explore and begin to design stewardship strategies for empowering their own students or community members to generate solutions and take action. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

46th Annual NAAEE Conference in Puerto Rico
October 17-21, 2017

What is our vision for the field? How can we best build on the past 40+ years to create a more vibrant, inclusive, and effective field? How do we uphold the values that support a healthier, equitable, and more sustainable future for all?

Our 46th Annual Conference will look ahead to imagine the type of world we want and how our field can help us achieve our vision.

As has happened every 10 years since the first International Conference on Environmental Education in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1977, environmental education leaders and practitioners from around the world will meet to reflect on progress in the field, share best practices, and create a positive path forward.

We look forward to imagining the type of world we want to create with you in Puerto Rico.

Scholarships Due June 16. Apply at NAAEE website.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
Date: June 26-28, 2017
Cost: $150
Location: St. Paul, MN
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and climate change problem solving into the classroom. Legacy 22 Clock Hours. Lodging Available.

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Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

Date: August 3-5, 2017
8:00 am-5:00 pm

Location: Seattle, WA

Conference includes engaging sessions, diverse site tours, professional networking, and connecting with nature.