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2018 Living Environment Institute - Marvelous Migrations

Teacher Professional Development Hosted by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY

August 14 - 16, 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with an evening program on Wednesday (until 8:00 PM; light dinner provided)
Cost: $60.00 for resources and refreshments

Join us for this summer's Living Environment Institute (LEI), as we explore Marvelous Migrations on land, water and air. Migrations are a relevant topic to educators everywhere. It is an exciting topic to learn about for students and teachers alike. For three days, LEI participants will explore a wide variety of migrants, including where they live and where they go. We'll even become field scientists as we spend a day participating in ongoing projects at Norrie Point Environmental Center on the Hudson River.

LEI participants will bring home an understanding of the marvels of migration. Participants will gain valuable ideas, standards-based curriculum and activities, and connect with a network of peers. We'll do this with the guidance of experts like nationally recognized Chris Bowser, recipient of US EPA's Environmental Quality Award for his creation of the American Eel Project, as they share expert techniques for engaging students across disciplines and grade levels.

Teachers and youth educators of all ages and grades are welcome. NYS Certified teachers will receive 22 CTLE hours, and this program fulfills the requirements of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) program.

For more information, contact Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 or e-mail Five Rivers at 5rivers@dec.ny.gov.

To register by filling out the LEI registration form (fillable PDF, 113 KB), print it out and mail it with check to the address on the form.

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

Western NY: Summer Teacher Institute - Warming Up to Climate Change

Hosted by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center in Depew, NY

August 1 - 2, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day

Cost: $50 registration fee (includes lunch on the second day)

Discover new climate change connections to inform and empower your students! Activities will benefit educators of students in grades 3-12.

Topics Include:
Climate change connections for NYSSLS
Invasive species
WNY plant and animal identification
Citizen science projects
Student-centered, place-based learning

Extensive information on environmental education resources available to Western New York teachers is included in the program. Planning time is provided to infuse lessons into your existing curriculum.

Up to 12 CTLE hours will be available.

To register, fill out the Summer Teacher Institute registration form (leaves DEC's website). Register by July 20, 2018.

For more information, call 716-683-5959 or email Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve at reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov.

Bronx Summer Teacher Institute: Exploring Bronx Forests

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

Monday - Thursday, August 20-23, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily
Registration cost for 2 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, Flying WILD, Project Learning Tree, and more. The course also introduces teachers to local environmental organizations and resources that 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 NYC Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP, link leaves DEC's website), a link to this site is also above and on the right. (Once on the ASPDP's website, use the link to the catalog of courses and search under provider using "Friends of Van Cortlandt Park" to find the actual course listing.)

For more information, contact Region 2 Education staff at 718-482-6404 or email Region 2 Education at r2ed@dec.ny.gov.