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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@dec.ny.gov.

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.

To sign up for the Institute, fill out the Schoolyard Habitat Institute registration form (PDF) (16 KB) and mail it to Reinstein Woods. The registration deadline is July 9, 2014. For more information, call 716-683-5959 or email Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve at rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Bronx Summer Teacher Institute: Exploring Bronx Forests

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

Monday, July 28 through Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily
Registration cost for 3 Credits through NYCDOE's ASPDP: $275
(includes $125 ASPDP fee)

Exploring Bronx Forests uses hands-on activities to bring NYC's local outdoor resources: forests, fields and gardens, into the classroom to enhance classroom learning. We will explore different aspects of nature (including wildlife, plant life, and ecosystems) and how these different aspects interact with each other and with humans. Materials covered include Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, Butterfly Project, Compost Project and more. The course introduces teachers to local environmental resources they can utilize in their classrooms. Teachers will be provided with new strategies for introducing environmental topics in connection with math, literacy, and art, fostering student leadership and developing higher order thinking skills.

To register for the Institute, contact Sara Kempton at Friends of Van Cortlandt Park at sara@vancortlandt.org or 718-601-1553. You MUST register with NYCity Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP), a link to this site is above and on the right.

For more information, contact Region 2 Education staff at 718-482-6404 or email Region 2 Education at education.region2@dec.ny.gov.