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For Release: Monday, May 18, 2015

Reinstein Woods Offers Summer Institute for Educators

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting registrations for a Summer Teacher Institute to be held July 28-29 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Depew. The Institute is designed for educators of students in kindergarten to grade 8, and will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Teachers will learn effective techniques to enhance their teaching in math, English language arts, science and other subject areas. Hands-on activities that align with Common Core and New York State learning standards will cover topics such as invasive species, tree and plant identification, citizen science projects and bird-classroom connections. The training includes the Flying WILD curriculum that explores ideas for bird-related schoolyard enhancements, festivals and more.

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. Participants will receive written materials to enable them to transfer their new knowledge directly to their school. A materials fee of $40 includes lunch on the second day.

A registration form is available online or by calling Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Teachers must register by July 10, 2015.

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew, about three miles from the Walden Galleria mall. For more information, contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959.

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