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.
Flying WILD - February 20, 2016
Flying WILD is a curriculum and activity guide featuring 40 + lesson plans about birds and bird conservation. Learn how to teach others to identify birds and use binoculars along with tips and tricks for leading birding field trips. Discover more about great web based tools, apps, and citizen science projects that you can participate in and use. The curriculum is proven to be effective, scientifically sound, based on current standards, and helps to prepare highly qualified educators. It's a great resource for future classroom teachers, land managers, environmental educators and researchers. For more information about Flying WILD and the curriculum, click here.
When: Saturday, February 20, at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center
Facilitator: Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager
Cost: $10 (fee includes the $25 curriculum book, 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.