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2016 Teachers' School of Ecology 

at NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ
July 11 to 15, 2016

New Jersey Audubon’s Teacher’s School of Ecology sponsored by Ashland, Inc. is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. All activities and learning support STEM + Art concepts and skills as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. 

Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control.  We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula.  Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.

 

The institute will include outdoor activities as well as indoor problem solving—both focused on the local area.  By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.

For more information contact:  Kelly Wenzel at 908-766-5787 x41 or kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org

When asked, "What was the greatest value of attending the Teachers' School of Ecology?", attendees from 2015 responded:

  • Inquiry based learning was embedded in all the lessons...it was extremely beneficial to experience it. Facilitators were very helpful in guiding but not just giving the response.
  • It was a real eye opener for me. I have always been an advocate for sustainability, but I never knew how the water shed connected to sustainability.
  • Working with expert environmental educators and doing hands-on inquiry lessons
  • I really enjoyed that all of the activities we participated in can be replicated in our own classroom. We were given all of the materials and knowledge to reproduce these experiences for our students
  • The greatest value was being able to increase my knowledge of ecology and being able to learn from the modeling of the facilitators, especially with the questioning aspect.

 

 
 

 

Each day we will focus on a different habitat within the watershed.  We will be outdoors for most of the day; resources, lessons and teaching methods will be shared.  Applications are due by May 13, 2016  Teams of teachers from the same school are encouraged.  Limited to 14 participants.

Click here for application

 

 Sponsored by Ashland, Inc.