Marilyn Wyzga: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
May 31, 2005
Registration Open for Summer Teacher Institute:
"Curriculum Connections Through Schoolyard Investigation"
CONCORD, N.H. -- Teachers of grades K-8 and curriculum coordinators can sign up for a five-day professional development opportunity using the new proposed science frameworks, offered this summer from August 15-19, 2005, at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH. Called "Curriculum Connections Through Schoolyard Investigation," the Summer Teacher Institute is sponsored by the New Hampshire Education and Environment Team (NHEET), an alliance of organizations including the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, the U.S. Forest Service and the GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment).
The Summer Institute can be taken on a noncredit basis, or for four graduate credits through Plymouth State University. Registration is only $150 per teacher, and teams of four or more teachers from the same school can bring one member for free. To register, or for more information, click here to visit http://www.nhplt.org/summerinstitute.htm or contact Jessica Brock, Project WET Coordinator, (603) 271-4071, firstname.lastname@example.org, Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, PO Box 95, Concord, NH 03302-0095.
"Participants get to experience New Hampshire's rich natural landscape in the Kilkenny region of the White Mountain National Forest while developing their professional skills," said Marilyn Wyzga, Wildlife Educator at Fish and Game. "We use the local landscape as a laboratory to teach the content and help teachers use that content to design an interdisciplinary schoolyard or community investigation tailored to their curriculum."
Taught by staff from Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Environmental Services and the NHEET programs, the Summer Teacher Institute engages educators in a variety of learning experiences including hands-on scientific fieldwork, lectures, discussion groups and journaling. Participants learn Earth, Physical and Life Science content through study of the state's natural resources and landscape, and explore skills and techniques to teach content to K-8 classes through problem-solving schoolyard investigations.
Each participant will receive valuable program resources, including the GLOBE Program Teacher's Guide, Project Learning Tree Pre-K-8 Activity Guide, Project HOME Homes for Wildlife Educator's Guide, Project WET K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide and Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide.
Each day of the workshop will focus on a different aspect of the natural world, beginning with local geology and soils, working up through New Hampshire plant communities and wildlife species, and including mapping and wetland monitoring. Sessions take place both in the classroom and the field. Evenings are devoted to fun, hands-on activities including a wildlife safari, night walk, campfires and slide presentations. Accommodations (including cabins, hot showers and all meals in the new dining hall) are provided for this overnight institute at the Barry Conservation Camp, located next to the Berlin State Fish Hatchery.
A 2003 Institute participant from Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School commented on the workshop, writing, "Ever since I was a grade school student myself, I have always been a bit afraid of Science...this workshop really helped me get over that fear. It made me feel very empowered and even confident (!) that I can lead my students on scientific adventures."
A satisfied 2004 Institute participant commented, "Your organizational skills shined, and the professionalism and knowledge of everyone involved in getting us informed was marvelous."
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.