Resources: Training and Opportunities

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Get outside and learn! As summer approaches, outdoor and environmental education trainings abound. We've gathered a great listing of professional development opportunities offered by partners.

May 20-22: Gathering Partners of Natural Resources Conference

Take a field trip to learn about bumble bees, biomass, non-timber products, or woodland management and participate in sessions on invasive species, outdoor survival skills, tree ID, seed collection, and so much more. Plus, keynote speaker Karen Oberhauser will discuss monarch decline, citizen science, and the hope for the butterflies' future. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona. For questions contact [email protected] or call Lynette Lothert at 320-589-1711.

May 24-27 Children & Nature Network 2016 International Conference and Cities & Nature Summit

Join leaders from around the world to learn, connect, and build the future of the children and nature movement. Join a field trip to learn more about urban farms, Wilderness Inquiry, and nature play. Then participate in a variety of sessions that explore nature in learning, leadership, play, health, and families. St. Paul River Centre. $195-$425. For questions contact [email protected]


June 21-24 Will Steger Foundation: Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Engage in hands-on activities that bring climate change concepts into the classroom and learn best practices for climate change interpretation. Hear from experts in climate science, climate change education, and climate solutions. This year, the focus will be on a new middle school curriculum: Next Generation Climate. Macalester College, St. Paul. $150 includes breakfast and lunch, and 26 CEUs. Two graduate credits available for an additional fee. For questions contact Megan Von Loh, 612-278-7147.


June 21-23 Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop

Come sharpen your earth science teaching skills and learn about the geology and resources of northeastern Minnesota with 16 different sessions and multiple field trip opportunities. Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter. $40 registration fee includes teacher materials, rock and mineral samples, transportation, food and 24 CEUs. St. Peter. Discounted lodging available. For questions contact Hannah Friedrich or Dean Moosavi.

Waters to the Sea Rivers Institutes

July 25-27 Mississippi River Institute June 27-29 St. Croix River Institute
The Rivers Institutes are designed to increase teachers' science content knowledge and investigation
skills, and help area educators translate their professional experiences into meaningful, engaging classroom investigations. The institute focuses on elementary and middle school classroom teachers, as well as teams of teachers. All educators are welcome to apply. Free. Institutes include lunches, Waters to the Sea? multimedia tool and 21 CEUs. Two graduate credits are available at a reduced rate. For questions, contact Sara Robertson.


July 25-26 Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teacher Tour

Get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture by touring a free range turkey farm, cooperative dairy farm, cannabis production center, and the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Receive agriculture-focused education resources and valuable experience. $25 includes transportation, meals, resources, and supplies and 16 CEUs. Optional 2 graduate credits for an additional cost. For more information see their brochure or contact Sue Knott, 651-201-6486.


July 11-15 Advanced Geography, Reading, and Geotechnology in the Social Studies Classroom using ArcGIS

Secondary social studies teachers (6-12 grade) will learn advanced training in online ArcGIS applications for the classroom. Modules will teach mapping and meet GIS benchmarks in Minnesota standards. Free. Participants receive $30 daily stipend, lunch, and two graduate credits from Macalester College at no cost. An introductory course is also being offered.


August 5-6 Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Conference: Grow in the Open

Get inspired with new ideas and build connections at this two day conference. Participate in concurrent sessions, field trips, and a keynote presentation focused on nurturing environmental educators through foundational practices, integrating subject matter, and promoting existing educational opportunities. St. John's University, Collegeville. Check out their Facebook event page for details and updates.


August 8-10 WaterWorks! Institute

Investigate drinking water quality, chemistry, community resources, and inquiry-based activities for your classroom. Gain new teaching ideas that meet standards and expand your water curriculum with this three day, hands-on workshop. Free: includes meals, resources, and choice of stipend or 2 graduate credits. For questions contact Brinkley Prescott 651-523-2591


August 8-9 Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, Farm to School: From Seed to Plate

This summer tour will focus on the farm to school process, visiting two farms, a distributor, a school lunchroom and garden, and a bee hive and honey processing plant. Then discuss and share resources for hands-on activities and integration into the classroom. $25 includes transportation, meals, resources, supplies, and 16 CEUs. Two graduate credits are available for an additional cost. For more information see their brochure or contact Sue Knott, 651-201-6468


August 6 Flying WILD for Teachers and Youth Educators

Get the Flying WILD curriculum and inspire students to discover more about the natural world. Participants will learn about migratory birds, eagle-related lesson plans, and more. $30 includes Flying WILD curriculum, CEUs, light refreshments, and admission to the National Eagle Center, Wabasha. For more information contact Jennifer Drayna: [email protected]