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 facilitating outdoor learning with their students. Below are our offerings for the 2018-2019 school year. Please register in advance, as trainings do fill up quickly.
Nature Journaling – Connecting Science, Art, and Writing in the Outdoors
Dates: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8 AM – 2:30 PM
Grade Level: 3rd-8th grades
Location: Skyliner Lodge, Bend
Facilitators: Kirin Stryker and Jennifer Curtis
Nature Journaling is a powerful tool that teaches students to become keen observers of the natural world and reinforces important science practices. It also provides an effective way for environmental education to integrate science, art, and writing and to deepen students’ connection to nature. This training will dive deep into this practice, providing teachers with multiple strategies for integrating this practice into their curriculum. Teachers will receive two curriculum resources, the California Native Plant Society Nature Journaling Curriculum and Ricky’s Atlas from Oregon State University Press. Teachers are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades for attending the training and 2 additional evening sessions about natural resource topics (schedule TBD).
First Steps: Science Inquiry in the Schoolyard and Beyond
Dates: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM and Wednesday, April 10, 3:30-6:30 PM
Grade Level: K-5th grade (priority is given to teachers from Jefferson County and Culver School Districts)
Location: COCC – Madras Campus, plus field locations
Facilitators: Carolyn Nesbitt and Karen Gentry
Cost: Free, plus teachers receive a $100 stipend for attending both sessions
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 or ONREP 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. Teachers receive a $100 stipend for attending both sessions and are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades.
Greening STEM: Bridging the Environment and STEM Education
Dates: Friday, March 8, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Grade Level: 3rd-8th grade
Location: Skyliner Lodge, Bend
Facilitators: Carolyn Nesbitt and Joshua Hayden
Cost: Free, with substitutes covered
The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM as teachers can tap into real-world challenges that provide relevant and hands-on opportunities to apply STEM concepts. This training will share strategies for integrating technology and math into outdoor learning experiences and ideas for engaging students in engineering and design projects that address local environmental issues. The training will build off of the STEM Connect program, a partnership between High Desert Museum and Buckingham Elementary. Teachers are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades for attending the training and 2 additional evening sessions about natural resource topics (schedule TBD).
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