So, officially EARTH is done. But, we would like to continue to support science teachers with a few opportunities.
Here (Presenter List for Classrooms) and on the “Teacher Resource” page I have a list of local environmental professionals who are willing to come out to your school to do hands-on activities with your students; putting the real-world touch to their classroom work.
Because we will not have the EARTH Workshop this year, if you’re still looking for a science field trip try one of these spots:
- WATER Center - interactive educational activities on water and related topics. Free! Contact Libby Albers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 316-350-3386.
- Great Plains Nature Center - educational activities, hikes, etc. They can include almost any topic or cover lots of standards. Just let them know what you’re looking for. Free! Ask about bus stipends. Contact Joyce Lent, Joyce@gpnc.org, 316-683-5499. Call early, it fills up fast!
- PRo Kansas Miller Recycling Center - For those that want tours at the recycle center contact Beth at email@example.com. FREE!
- Sedgwick County Zoo - Don’t just go to observe, set up a program with the Cargill Learning Center and get more out of your Zoo visit than ever before. Contact the Chaille, zoo’s middle and high school education specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 266-8213. The Zoo does have a cost, but here’s a Great Deal: if you plan your field trip on a Wednesday in the Winter (now through March) you can get in for $2.50/student. Every other day is $4.25/student for Title 1 schools, and $5.25/student for all other schools.
Hope you can take your kids out to any of these places to start making connections between what you’re doing in the classroom to the world outside the school walls. All of these field trip options would be excellent learning opportunities for your students.
A great professional development opportunity at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, KS. Sign up fast! It’s free, but you have to register, first come first served.
When? Friday, Feb. 1 & Saturday, Feb. 2
Time Commitment? 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Attendance required both days)
Where? Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third St., Manhattan, KS
How much will this cost?
Advanced registration is required, but there is no cost for registered participants, just numerous take-away benefits.
How will I benefit?
•Earn up to 20 professional development credit hours
•Receive a stipend for travel and lodging expenses and receive a free lunch during both workshop days
•Obtain your own copies of each units’ Student Magazine & Student Journal, as well as access to online teacher guides
•Provided with a set of fully developed and printed classroom materials when you use one or both of these units in your classroom (courtesy the Kansas Historical Society)
•Receive free admission passes to bring your students to the Discovery Center (courtesy of Gaia Salon and Day Spa)
Sign me up! Space is limited so we encourage registering promptly if interested in this opportunity. To register, please contact: Jared Bixby, Curator of Education at the Discovery Center via email at Bixby@citofmhk.com or by phone at 785-587-2729, ext. 202.
Young Reporters for the Environment USA
NWF’s Eco-Schools USA team is delighted to be bringing the international Young Reporters for the Environment program to the United States this year. The Young Reporters for the Environment USA competition engages middle and high school students in environmental journalism. Youth between the ages of 13-18 can submit an article, photo or video related to the environment for a chance to win great prizes plus national and international recognition. Find out how to participate.
Autumn is a great time of year to get kids outdoors to learn!
As part of National Wildlife Federation’s ongoing series of webinars designed to help you take learning outside, we are offering the free webinar Enhancing Schoolyard Habitats for Teaching. Discover how to effectively use your Schoolyard Habitat or outdoor classroom to teach STEM, English or any other subject. Our featured speaker is Dr. Herbert Broda, Professor of Education at Ashland University and author of the books Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning and Moving the Classroom Outdoors. He will be discussing Schoolyard Habitat site enhancements that can be added to school grounds to facilitate outdoor instruction, how to overcome potential stumbling blocks to taking learning outside and tips for working with children in the outdoors. The first 30 people to register who actually participate in the webinar will receive a free copy of Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning.
Date: Wednesday, October 24th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Sign up now!
Check out KACEE’s upcoming Urban EE workshops.
Lots of great stuff coming up. HOpe I see you at the Annual Kansas Environmental Education Conference in Junction City Oct 19-20!