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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

Fish and the Hudson, Gateway to Learning!

Dates and Times: Online: Wednesday, October 20th, 3:30 - 5:00 PM and In Person: Friday, October 22nd, 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Norrie Point Environmental Center, Margaret Norrie State Park, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg, NY, 12580
Cost: No cost
CTLE for NYS certified teachers and administrators: 6.5 hours

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

Put fish and a river together and what is the result? Engaged students and excited teachers! Learn to use fish as natural resources to enhance student learning with place-based education and research. We'll demonstrate how art, field study, and science are powerful learning tools in contributing to students' understanding of our environment.

Join us as we participate in ongoing projects at Norrie Point Environmental Center on the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. LEI/TOTE participants will bring home valuable ideas, standards-based curriculum and activities, and connect with a network of peers. We'll do this with the guidance of state and nationally recognized science and education leaders as they share expert techniques for engaging students across disciplines and grade levels.

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 5rivers@dec.ny.gov.

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 reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov

Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed

Date: Tues., July 20 & Wed., July 21, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
CTLE for NYS Teachers & Administrators: 12 hours
Cost: $25 fee to cover program experiences.

Dive into watershed STEM, become a certified GLOBE educator, and plan a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for your students in this immersive two-day training. Participants will be eligible to borrow Watershed STEM kits throughout the schoolyear. For educators of students in grades 5-12.

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

STEM in the Schoolyard

Date: Tues., August 3 & Wed., August 4, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
CTLE for NYS Teachers & Administrators: 12 hours
Cost: $25 fee to cover program experiences.

Transform any schoolyard into a NYSSLS learning laboratory using nationally recognized Project WILD activities and more. For educators of students in grades K-12.

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

Great Lakes Data Jam Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: virtual
CTLE for NYS Teachers & Administrators: 1.5 hours
Cost: none

Engage your students in a fun, place-based data visualization project this school year! Students participating in the Great Lakes Data Jam will analyze local data to identify trends and patterns. Students will share their findings in a scientific report, but also communicate their findings in a creative way that engages and informs a larger audience. The data communication projects can take many forms, from posters and infographics to songs, poems, and short movies. Details can be found in the Data Jam Educator's Guide. For teachers of students in grades 4-12.
The first 20 educators to register and attend will receive a $50 stipend.

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

Great Lakes Data Jam Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
CTLE for NYS Teachers & Administrators: 1.5 hours
Cost: none

Engage your students in a fun, place-based data visualization project this school year! Students participating in the Great Lakes Data Jam will analyze local data to identify trends and patterns. Students will share their findings in a scientific report, but also communicate their findings in a creative way that engages and informs a larger audience. The data communication projects can take many forms, from posters and infographics to songs, poems, and short movies. Details can be found in the Data Jam Educator's Guide. For teachers of students in grades 4-12.
The first 20 educators to register and attend will receive a $50 stipend.

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