Teaching Science Outdoors for Elementary Teachers

Date: July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016
Time: See description.
Location: Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact: Kara Haas, karahaas@msu.edu, 269-671-2360

Teaching Science Outdoors: Protecting MI Water
July 18-22, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kellogg Biological Station
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has a commitment to working with K-12 science teachers.  Learn more about the KBS K-12 Partnership. The Teaching Science Outdoors program stared in 2014 to provide a more in depth science experience for K-5 teachers.  More details about Teaching Science Outdoors

Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) brings elementary teachers to the biological station and allows them to practice science in a variety of outdoor habitats, with a focus on aquatic and terrestrial. Next Generation Science Standards and technology (iPads, website and google docs) are incorporated throughout the experience. Teachers develop skills to adapt existing science curriculum for the outdoor classroom, conduct active research on their own pedagogy and build a network of resources to refer back to once they return to the classroom. 

After the workshop participants will be eligible for an ecological schoolyard assessment and schoolyard improvement grants. Participants will join be invited to monthly (after school) webinars to share their experiences with other participants and the leadership team.  

What to expect: breakfast and lunch are included each day, dress to be outside for 4-6 hours each day, teachers must bring an existing lesson plan or curriculum to adapt to using outdoors or an outdoor lesson they would like to expand or improve (ex. life science units of the Cereal City kits all have an outdoor activity)

Benefits: Stipend (up to $500), access to web-based resources, participation in monthly webinars and the KBS K-12 Partnership programs, schoolyard assessment and opportunity to apply for schoolyard improvement grant

Who should apply?  Elementary Teachers (2nd-5th preferred, K-1 welcome to apply) Teams of 2-3 educators per school/district are encouraged but not required.

The application closes on Friday, May 27, 2016.  Applications will be reviewed by the Leadership Team (Kara Haas, Renee Bayer, Tali Tal).  You will be notified via email by June 10, 2016.  A waiting list will be maintained. 

Most teachers are local and able to commute to KBS, but if you are interested in lodging at KBS for the week, this is an option and you will need to cover your living expenses. More information about lodging at KBS Please wait to make a reservation until after you have been chosen for the program. 


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