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Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Annual Teacher Institutes and Academies

Living Environment Institute: Insects, Alive!

Hosted by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Monday, August 4, 2014 - Thursday, August 7, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

From bees and butterflies to beetles and dragonflies, insects are fascinating creatures. Join us for an educators' workshop on bringing insect themes into your classroom. This program will feature hands-on presentations on insects found in the air, the soil, and the water. Citizen science opportunities will also be explored.

The week will include sessions on the curriculum enhancement programs Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) and Aquatic WILD.
Space is limited; please register by Friday, July 25, 2014.
For more information or to register, contact Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 or e-mail Five Rivers at 5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Four workers with a large net doing river sampling
sampling river macroinvertebrates

Summer Institute: Schoolyard Habitats

Hosted by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day

Explore new and exciting ways to reach your curriculum goals while enjoying the most under-utilized classroom at your school-the schoolyard! Learn outdoor classroom management techniques, how to identify common species, and effective ways to incorporate the outdoors into your curriculum. Each participant will receive a Project WILD Curriculum & Activity Guide with more than 120 standards-based lesson plans. Activities presented in the workshop are correlated to Common Core math and ELA standards. Please note: Participants must attend both days. For educators of students in grades K-12.

For more information, call 716-683-5959 or email Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve.

Bronx Summer Teacher Institute: Exploring Bronx Forests

Hosted by NYSDEC's NYC Education Program and Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The 2013 Bronx Institute went well. Check back for details on the 2014 Bronx Summer Teacher Institute in the Spring of 2014.

For more information, contact Region 2 Education staff at 718-482-6404 or email Region 2 Education.