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For Release: Thursday, June 8, 2017

DEC Announces Summer Institute for Educators at Reinstein Woods

Teachers Must Register by July 19

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, is accepting registrations for a Summer Teacher Institute to be held August 2-3 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Depew, NY. The Institute is designed for educators of students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

While attending the Institute, teachers will learn effective techniques to enhance instruction 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 climate change, invasive species, local plant and animal identification, and project- and place-based learning. The training includes two Project Learning Tree curriculums that explore ideas for forest-related learning opportunities: Focus on Forests and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood.

Extensive information on environmental education resources available to Western New York teachers will be included in the program. 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 and their classrooms. 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 19, 2017.

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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    Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
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    Depew NY 14043
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