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Annual Teacher Institutes and Academies

Living Environment Institutes - Teacher Workshops

Presented by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY in joint coordination with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Hudson River Estuary Program, and Cornell University

Marvelous Migrations

Dates and Times:Tuesday, June 28th - Thursday, June 30th, 2022. 9 AM-5PM each day
Location: Day 1: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, Albany County.
Day 2: Hudson River at Stockport Station, Hudson, Columbia County. Day 3: Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, Dutchess County.
Cost: $50 for materials, supplies, and refreshments
CTLE for NYS certified teachers and administrators: 22 hours

To register or for more information, email Five Rivers or use the registration link below

Come explore the Marvels of Migrations. Teachers will spend three days gaining valuable knowledge, learning new interdisciplinary curriculum, and participating in models and simulations. Under the guidance of experts, participants will get hands-on with community/citizen science projects.

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

To register, fill out the Google Registration form.

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

Western NY: Summer Teacher Institute

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

For more information on both of these opportunities, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959 or email

Summer Teacher Institute

Date: Tuesday, August 2nd - Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
CTLE for NYS Teachers & Administrators: 12 hours
Cost: $30 fee to cover program experiences.

This two-day workshop will train educators in place-based data collection and interpretation using the nationally recognized Project Learning Tree and NASA's Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programs. Educators will become GLOBE Certified teachers and take home PLT's new flagship curriculum Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide as well as a tool kit for schoolyard and community data collection. For educators of students in grades 3-12.

Register online (leaves DEC website) on the Reinstein Woods website.