Teachers on the Estuary
TOTE is a field- and research-based summer workshop for middle and high school science teachers who want to improve their understanding of the environment using local examples. We focus on bringing climate change, ecosystem services, systems thinking, service learning, and estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. After attending, teachers implement a stewardship project with their students throughout the school year using a TOTE mini-grant.
Certified Interpreter Training
Interpretation forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of an audience and the meanings inherent in a resource. These workshops allow talented and creative professionals working at nature centers, aquariums, battlefields, state parks, and other interpretation centers to hone their programming techniques and create meaningful connections for visitors to their sites. We show how to develop themes for programs, use questioning techniques to engage an audience, and address different learning styles when developing programs. Successful completion of the program results in certification by the National Association of Interpretation.
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world.
Growing Up WILD
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.
Project WET is an award-winning water education resource. Workshops are geared toward educators teaching grades 4 to 8. They explain water issues and use hands-on, inexpensive, easy, and effective lessons.
Project Learning Tree
Preschool program educators and day care providers working with children ages 3 through 6 are invited to explore the new Project Learning Tree Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide.
It integrates nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs. Whether you regularly use the outdoors as a classroom or hesitate every time you send your children out to play, the Early Childhood guide is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of contact that children have with nature.