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Workshops for Educators

Annual Teacher Institutes
Five Rivers EEC, Reinstein Woods EEC and the NYC Environmental Education program host multi-day teacher institutes during the summer. Please check out the teacher institutes web page 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 Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum that uses the forest as a window on the world. There are curricula for early childhood (Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, min 3-hour workshop), Pre-K to 8th grade (Project Learning Tree Activity Guide, min 6-hour workshop), and a variety of secondary modules for high school (Secondary Modules such as Focus on Forests & Places We Live, min 2-hour workshop). The Pre K-8 guide is correlated to Common Core State Standards in both Math and English Language Arts, STEM concepts, and FOSS Kits.

Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD, and the early childhood Growing Up WILD workshops, featuring wildlife, are funded in New York State by Return a Gift to Wildlife. Project WILD (terrestrial) was updated in 2018 and Aquatic WILD was updated in 2013. Both guides now feature STEM connections, Career Readiness, and Aquatic WILD is Next Generation Science standards correlated. Project WILD and Aquatic WILD are minimum 4-hour workshops, while Flying WILD and Growing Up WILD are a minimum of 3 hours.

Project WET 2.0 (min 4 hours) and the early childhood Getting Little Feet WET (min 3 hours) are multidisciplinary water-based curriculums. 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. Getting Little Feet WET: Project WET's Early Childhood Education Guide was released in 2017. This curriculum is a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching about our connections to water for ages 3 to 7 years old.

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.

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More about Workshops for Educators :

  • Upcoming Educator Workshops - Current listing of workshops offered around New York State
  • PLT (Project Learning Tree) - Designed to help educators acquire an awareness and knowledge of the natural world, especially forest ecosystems.
  • Project WILD - Helping educators prepare students to develop problem-solving skills in exploring responsible human actions toward wildlife and the environment.
  • Project WET (Water Education Today) - 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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