In order to achieve our mission of reaching all students in Central Oregon, the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and our partners offer professional development opportunities for teachers that provide skills for leading effective outdoor lessons. Below are our offerings for the 2016-2017 school year. Please register in advance, as trainings do fill up quickly.
ALL 2016-2017 TRAININGS ARE FULL AND/OR COMPLETE
Nature Connections for Early Learners
Dates: January 21 and January 28, 2017, plus 1 follow-up evening
Grade Level: Pre-K educators
Location: Pine Nursery Park and Hollinshead Park, Bend
This winter, spend two days at local Bend parks, for a special training for preschool educators. The training will increase your confidence and capacity to lead your students in nature exploration activities. We’ll spend plenty of time engaging in hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, networking with colleagues, and learning about the wealth of community resources for exploring the natural world with young children. Participants will take home Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood curriculum. Post-training coaching will be provided to all participating educators to assist with facilitating field experiences. Graduate credits and PDUs will be available.
First Steps: Science Inquiry in the Schoolyard and Beyond
Dates: RESCHEDULED to March 9-10, 2017, plus 1 follow-up evening
Grade Level: K-5
Location: Hollinshead Barn (Bend), Skyliners Lodge
Join Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners for a fun and interactive training which provide skills for K-5 teachers to lead effective outdoor educational activities. This training is designed for teachers who are newer to outdoor learning and haven’t attended other Children’s Forest trainings. Teachers will spend lots of time outdoors engaging in hands-on science activities that can be taught in the schoolyard or other outdoor locations. Teachers will also learn about tips for group management in the outdoors, logistics for field trips, alignment to NGSS standards, and incorporating math and ELA into outdoor activities. Post-training coaching will be provided to all participating teachers to assist with facilitating field experiences. Graduate credits and PDUs will be available.
Next Steps: Teachers As Naturalists
Dates: October 20-21, 2016 (K-5th) or November 3-4, 2016 (6th-12th), plus 3 follow-up evenings (2nd Wednesdays, November-March)
Grade Level: K-5th/6th-12th
Location: Various locations
Interested in getting your students outside, but want more knowledge about Central Oregon ecology and natural history? This training is geared towards teachers who are experienced in leading outdoor activities with their students and want to continue to grow their knowledge about Central Oregon ecosystems. Teachers will learn about the plant and wildlife communities from natural resource experts and learn techniques for facilitating real-world field investigations that connect to Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers are required to attend 3 out of 5 evening sessions of their choice on a range of topics that deepen natural history knowledge and techniques for working with students outdoors. Graduate credits and PDUs will be available.
**The 6th-12th grade training will focus on sagebrush ecosystems.
To register for Children’s Forest Professional Development opportunities, click here.
Administrators Corner – Learning in Your NatureHood
Learning in Your NatureHood trainings are available by request on School Improvement Wednesdays! Trainings highlight hands-on inquiry-based activities that teachers can do right in their backyard and that are aligned with grade-level science standards. Trainings are intended to be school-wide and schools can schedule between 1-3 trainings in the 2015-2016 school year. Availability is limited so please schedule in advance. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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