Duke Farms
Summer Institutes for Teachers



 NJ Audubon and Duke Farms are offering several FREE learning opportunities for teachers this summer.

To register click HERE.


Eco-Schools USA - Summer Camp for Teachers  

Eco Schools is an international sustainability program implemented in the USA by the National Wildlife Federation and in NJ by the New Jersey Audubon.

June 30-July1:  An Eco-Schools In-depth Workshop:  Biodiversity 

Human environments, including school yards and the surrounding communities are commonly characterized by a very low biodiversity.  Participants will examine ways to evaluate the diversity of local habitats which could support a variety of plant and animal species.  Lesson plans will be presented to incorporate the basic concepts of biodiversity into the school curriculum utilizing the school yard and local areas for hands-on learning.  Participation in this workshop will prepare teachers to have their schools certified for the Eco-Schools Biodiversity Pathway.

July 16-17:  An Eco-Schools In-depth Workshop:  School Ground Habitats 

By working with students, school administrators and the community, teachers can begin by conducting an audit of existing wildlife habitat on the school grounds.  In this workshop, teachers will begin to develop plans for school audit teams.  Then, following the guidelines of the National Wildlife Schoolyard Habitats program, we examine the ways to plan, build, and maintain a School Yard Habitat at your school and integrate it into the school curriculum.  Participation in this workshop will prepare teachers to have their schools certified for the Eco-Schools School Grounds Pathway.

For more information, contact Jennifer Dowd, NJA Eco-Schools Coordinator (c) 908-292-8030

July 28 through August 1:  Summer Institute—Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ.

This weeklong institute is designed for Middle and High School teachers. During the week, we will explore the differences between environmental conditions, events, and problems and begin to address the issues (technical, sociological, economic, and cultural) that our society is faced with as it sets out to deal with these.  While the focus will be on the Raritan Watershed, every subject addressed is applicable to any watershed in the state and teachers will be provided with the tools and resources to develop lesson plans for their own particular circumstances.