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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

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

Annual Teacher Institutes and Academies

Living Environment Institute: Reptiles and Amphibians!

Hosted by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

August 3-6, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

Specific information about the August, 3-6, 2015 Institute will be avilable soon.

Space is limited is usually limited to 25-30 teachers.

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

Hosted by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

July 28-29, 2015
usually 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM each day

Updated information on the topic for the July 28-29, 2015 Insitute is coming.

Space is limited is usually limited to 25-30 teachers.

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

Dates for 2015 coming soon!

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, link leaves DEC's website), a link to this site is also above and on the right.

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