Thursday, May 12, 2022

PAEE Professional Development Programs On Tracking Life Cycles In A Warming World, Chronolog Citizen Science Project, Conservation Science Curriculum

PA Association of Environmental Educators for these upcoming professional development opportunities.

-- June 9: Tracking Changing Life Cycles In A Warming World. Noon to 1:00 p.m.: Join researchers Abby Yancy and Dr. Mason Heberling from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Botany to learn about their ongoing research on climate change’s impacts on the timing of plant flowering, or phenology, in our region. 

This interactive workshop invites community members to contribute to this research through Nature’s Notebook, an online platform where anyone can upload their observations of plant and animal life cycles to a national database. 

In this program, you’ll learn how to record these types of phenological observations and set up a long-term monitoring site in your backyard or beyond. 

-- July 20 - Chronology Citizen Science Project. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.: Change in the environment happens gradually, so you can help tell the story by uploading a photo to Chronolog. 

Chronolog creates long term time lapses of important ecosystems to better understand how these landscapes are changing. Learn the basics of this citizen science project and how to set up your own photo station. 

Take a look at their Video! 

-- August 10: New Conservation/Recreation-Based Science Curriculum. 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.: The Conservation Science curriculum engages students in doing science and developing important skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, data collection, etc. 

The curriculum focuses on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the related outdoor recreation: Hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting sports and boating. Students learn and develop skills related to relevant and applicable topics.

This curriculum is made by teachers and for teachers and includes--

(1) New style of book about all the key conservation topics that serves as the skeleton of the curriculum and is broken into concise sections that make it easy for students to digest. 

(2) Teacher Materials: Online access to a library of materials that are used in daily lessons (labs, projects, presentations, research, debates, activities, worksheets, assessments, etc) 

(3) Resources: Included in the online access, these quality resources supplement the lessons with podcasts, videos, research papers, data sets, etc ​​

(4) Ongoing support: We will provide ongoing support to teachers to help source equipment, plan events, make connections with local partners, etc 

(5) Teacher Input: Teachers are encouraged to provide feedback to help improve existing materials and request additions to the curriculum to fill in additional areas.​ 

Click Here to register for one or all three programs.

For more information on programs, initiatives, resources and other upcoming events, visit the PA Association of Environmental Educators website.  Click Here to sign up for the PAEE newsletter (bottom of page, left).  Click Here to become a member.  Click Here to support PAEE’s work.

[Posted: May 12, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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