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Annual Teacher Institutes and Academies

Living Environment Institute

Hosted by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY

August 2016, dates TBA
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
Materials Fee: anticipate $40 (includes dinner on second day)

Each summer, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center offers a four-day-long Living Environment Institute to provide educators with the tools to present effective environmental lessons to their students. Participants learn how to integrate environmental topics throughout the curriculum and across disciplines. Details of the 2016 Institute and a registration form will be posted when they are available. Past themes have included reptiles and amphibians, insects, birds, forests, and invasive species.

For more information, contact Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 or e-mail Five Rivers at

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

Summer Teacher Institute

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

July 2016, dates TBA
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM each day
Materials Fee: $40 (includes lunch on second day)

Educators of students in kindergarten to grade 8 will learn effective techniques to enhance their teaching in math, English language arts, science and other subject areas. Extensive information on environmental education resources available to Western New York teachers will be included in the program. Participants will receive written materials to enable them to transfer their new knowledge directly to the classroom. The two-day program provides 12 hours of instruction for which in-service or continuing education credit may be available. A materials fee of $40 includes lunch on the second day.

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

Bronx Summer Teacher Institute: Exploring Bronx Forests

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

July or August 2016, dates TBA
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily (*Saturday 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM)
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, Flying WILD, Project Learning Tree, Compost Project, 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 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