Professional Development Workshops
Calvin College students majoring in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Biology, Geology/Geography, Recreation and/or International Studies with interests in science education, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and/or interpretation are invited to attend environmental education workshops at the Bunker Interpretive Center.
Two workshops are offered every academic year, one during the fall semester and one in the spring semester. Workshops introduce participants to national, award-winning, environmental curriculum such as Growing Up WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project Wet. These curriculum guides are used by formal teachers and other educators working with students in pre-K through grade 12. They are designed to be hands-on, instructionally sound, easy-to-use, interdisciplinary and fun.
The workshops will certify you to use the curriculum materials and guides in your future classrooms, recreation programs, environmental education programs, vacation Bible school classes, etc. These workshops are exciting, engaging and powerful learning experiences, where you will receive the latest materials, learn to teach science education activities both indoors and outdoors, and walk away inspired and more knowledgeable about the natural world around you. Attending these workshops looks great on your resume!
Workshops are offered to Calvin students at reduced rates, thanks to Steve and Kara Vanderpol, alumni donors who have generously underwritten this program. For questions about the workshops, please contact Jeanette Henderson.
Growing Up WILD & Project Learning Tree - February 18, 2017
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program for 3-7 year olds that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature, and lifelong social and academic skills. Read more about Growing Up Wild and the curriculum.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities that uses trees and forests as a window on the world. The program is designed for educators working with youth from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12. PLT's curriculum and activities help to increase students' awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place within it. Students learn to use critical and creative thinking skills, develop informed decisions on environmental issues, and gain confidence to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. Read more about PLT and the curriculum.
When: Saturday, February 18, at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center
Facilitator: Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager
Cost: $10 (fee includes two curriculum books [a $60 value], certification, instruction, workshop materials, lunch and snacks)
Bring: Enthusiasm, warm clothes/boots (we will go outside!), exact cash
Registration: Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to 15 students.