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Workshops for Educators

Teacher Institutes
Five Rivers EEC, Reinstein Woods EEC and the NYC Environmental Education program host week-long teacher institutes throughout the year (mostly in the summer). Please check out the web page on the teacher institutes for more information.

The Department offers professional development workshops for educators and youth leaders. Offered at various locations throughout the state, these multi-disciplinary workshops offer participants a curriculum guide, an opportunity to experience activities first-hand and receive a variety of support materials.

Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design), Aquatic WILD, Science and Civics, Flying WILD, Growing Up WILD workshops, featuring wildlife, are offered as three- to six-hour workshops funded in New York State by Return a Gift to Wildlife. Aquatic WILD was updated in 2013 and now includes STEM connections, Career Readiness, and is correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards. Flying WILD and Growing Up WILD have changes to workshop structure, including adding a cost to receive the guides.

PLT (Project Learning Tree) is an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum that uses the forest as a window on the world. The Early Childhood, Pre K-8 guide and seven secondary modules for grades 9-12 accompany the associated three- to six- hour workshops. The Pre K-8 guide is correlated to Common Core State Standards in both Math and English Language Arts. Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards are in the works.

Project WET 2.0 (Water Education for Teachers) is a multi-disciplinary water-based curriculum and available in a three- to six-hour workshop. WET 2.0 was updated in 2012 and now includes correlations to Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts and Next Generation Science Standards. It also includes connections to STEM, Science Career Readiness, and reading opportunities.

Hudson River Workshops introduce study of the Hudson using interdisciplinary standards-based classroom lessons, remote sensing data on the World Wide Web, and field activities. Typically three to six hours long, their timing and content are customized to meet the needs of participants.

More about Workshops for Educators :

  • Upcoming Educator Workshops - The Department offers several professional development workshops for teachers and youth leaders: Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Project WET, Flying WILD, Growing Up WILD, Science and Civics, and Project Learning Tree.
  • PLT (Project Learning Tree ) - Designed to help educators acquire an awareness and knowledge of the natural world, especially forest ecosystems.
  • Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design) - Helping educators prepare students to develop problem-solving skills in exploring responsible human actions toward wildlife and the environment.
  • Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) - Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are hands-on, easy to use and fun!
  • Hudson River Workshops - Available from New York City to the Capital Region around Albany, these trainings show how study of the Hudson River estuary can be a context for teaching STEM skills, English language arts, and social studies.
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