Alabama Wildlife Federation Educator Opportunities

AWF LogoThe Alabama Wildlife Federation has some great educational opportunities lined up for this summer! Information and applications for all of these workshops and more can be found on their website: AWF Educator Workshops

Exploring Alabama’s World of Birds – This workshop will involve training in the Flying WILD program along with learning about the identification of birds, behavior, attracting them to your school’s outdoor classroom, and lots of other great information and activities for use in the classroom and with youth.  We will also introduce participants to the Whooping Crane Trunk that can be used to educate youth about this endangered species as it is now spending the winter in Alabama. (Cost is $20.00 which includes lunch)

June 11 – Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
June 17 – Historic Lanark (Millbrook)
July 16 – Weeks Bay (Fairhope)

Exploring Alabama’s Natural World – This workshop will involve participants in an array of great environmental education activities that are great for use in the classroom.  Participants will learn how to get involved in the Alabama Outdoor Classroom Program while also receiving training in the Aldo Leopold Education Project and receive a copy of the accompanying resources. (Cost $20.00 which includes lunch)

June 12 – Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
June 19 – Historic Lanark
July 17 – Weeks Bay (Fairhope)

Connecting Nature to the Classroom through the Arts – This is a 2-day workshop that will focus on connecting nature to the youth through the Arts.  It will also include information on developing nature-based learning stations around the Arts that can be incorporated into your school’s curriculum through an outdoor classroom.  This workshop includes a variety of resources as well as meals and one-night lodging at a local hotel.  (Cost is $40.00)  Targeted Audience: 4th Grade through High School Educators

July 8 & 9 – Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters in Millbrook, AL

Using the Outdoor Classroom to Connect Students to Nature through Activities and Children’s Literature – This is a 2-day workshop that will focus on connecting youth to nature through the use of a variety of nature-based activities that are designed around developing outdoor classroom learning stations and connecting them to selected children’s trade books.  Participants will receive a copy of the selected trade books along with other resources.  In addition, the works includes meals while at the workshop along with one-night lodging at a local hotel.  (Cost is $40.00)  Targeted Audience:  K-6th Grade Educators

July 21 & 22 – Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters in Millbrook, AL

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Educator Workshops at Camp McDowell

mcdowell-logoEEAA members are invited to attend a number of different Educator Workshops being offered by Camp McDowell Education Programs this year.  Click on the names of the workshop for more information and to register for them.

The first is Growing Roots, an opportunity for educators to bring along their children or grandchildren for three magical days in the woods and on the farm at Camp McDowell.  It is June 8-10 and partially sponsored by Alabama Sierra Club.

The second workshop is Exploring Alabama’s Living River: The Cahaba, June 29- July 1, at the home of the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River.  It is sponsored by Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education.

The third is How Farms Work: A Hands On Experience, October 23-25, also at Camp McDowell.  It is sponsored by Legacy, as well.

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Birmingham Zoo’s ZooTeach PD Series

The Education Department at the Birmingham Zoo launches its new ZooTeach PD Series with a workshop focusing on Project-Based Learning led by Bob Robinson from Duke School in Durham, North Carolina. The workshop will focus on Duke School’s approach to “Project Work” which allows students in preschool through eighth grade to conduct in-depth investigations of important topics, and in which students develop the fundamental skills and strategies they will need as 21st century learners.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, July 22 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Birmingham Zoo Lodge. Registration Fee is $20.

Bob Robinson has 25 years’ experience in education with focus in the areas of project-based learning, integrated studies, and curriculum development. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a master’s degree from Duke University.

Register here!

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Two Professional Development Opportunities

We have not one, but TWO great opportunities for professional development coming up soon!

Project WET Educator Workshop

Project WET teaches about water resources through hands-on, investigative, easy-to-use activities. In addition to educating students about water, Project WET activities also develop skills such as teamwork, decision making and problem solving. These skills and knowledge prepare learners for the water resource challenges of this century. The curriculum spans grades K-12 with something to offer for all students.

Date: Saturday May 24, 2014 9 am-12 pm
Where: Environmental Studies Center 6101 Girby Road
Mobile AL 36693 RSVP: Anita Salinas asalinas@mcpss.com

Sponsored by the Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA). Participants receive the Project WET curriculum. If it applies to you, please sign up in STIPD!

You can download an informational flyer for this event here: Project Wet Training

Beyond My Pond: What’s so important about my watershed?

This fun and educational  teacher/educator workshop will focus on the sustainability of our watersheds in Alabama. Instructors include Dr. Bill Deutsch (Global Water Watch/Alabama Water Watch), Francine Hutchinson (JSU), Renee Morrison (JSU Field Schools), Christy Claes (Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance) and others.

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Where: Cleburne County Mountain Center (Heflin, AL) and JSU van shuttle provided to TNF Shoal Creek for hands-on field work (prepare to get wet)
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (8:30 am – 11:30 am classroom activities; teaching lunch provided by EEAA; 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm stream studies at Pine Glen Recreation Area in Shoal Creek)
Fee: $15.00 per person (8 hours STIPD certificate); limited to 20 participants so register quickly!
To register for this program contact JSU Field Schools’ Assistant Director, Renee Morrison, at rmorrison@jsu.edu or 256-782-8010.

Sponsored by Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA), JSU Field Schools and the Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance .

You can download an informational flyer for this event here: Beyond My Pond Teacher Workshop

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Dr. Scot Duncan To Speak In Huntsville

Dr. Scot Duncan, Associate Professor of Biology and Urban Studies at Birmingham-Southern University, will speak at the Upper School Lecture Hall of Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Dr. Duncan, author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, will speak on the topic of Alabama’s biodiversity. Randolph School’s website states that, “Dr. Duncan will interweave the disciplines of ecology, evolution, and geology into an explanation of why Alabama is home to more species than any other state east of the Mississippi River.”

This event is free to the public, but registration is requested as seating is limited. Register here.

This event is co-sponsored by Alabama Outdoors, Randolph School, and the Land Trust of North Alabama.

The information flyer can be downloaded here: Dr. Scot Duncan Flyer.

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Renee Morrison Nominated for Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award

Renee Morrison

JSU Field Schools Assistant Director Renee Morrison, center, introduces young students to reptiles during a JSU Field School program.

UPDATE: She won!

Wild South’s press release can be found here. Congratulations, Renee!

ASHEVILLE, NC – Regional conservation non-profit Wild South announced today the Nominee Finalists for its 6th Annual Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. The awards will recognize and honor outstanding work in 2013 to protect wild places and wild things in the South. This year’s nominees represent five Southern states and exemplify dedication and passion for environmental conservation. The winners will be announced and awards will be presented at Wild South’s 6th Annual Green Gala held March 21, 2014 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

Renee Morrison, EEAA’s Region 6 Board Director and Jacksonville State University Field Schools’ Assistant Director, is the state of Alabama’s representative and one of three national finalists for this award. She was nominated by USDA Forest Service District Ranger, Karen McKenzie, and by The Donoho School teacher, Donna Plunkett, who noted in part that she has an “ability to inspire a deeper look the natural world, and she has extraordinary creativity, and a never-ending delight in sharing her passion for environmental education, annually providing hundreds of educational programs “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain in Alabama.”

“These nominees are conservation heroes and have unique, amazing stories of passion for a cause, tenacity, and victory. Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards always attract inspirational nominees, and this year is no exception” said Dusty Allison, Award Selection Committee member.

Other EEAA board members have received this award:  Heather Montgomery (2012) and Maggie Johnston. Morrison says that, whether she wins the award or not, she is thrilled to be chosen from our state and to be honored in the top three. She will be attending the Green Gala award ceremony with her teenage son, Jo Morrison, and her parents, J.C. and Betty Simmons. You can contact Renee at rmorrison@jsu.edu

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Hike the Sipsey with Botanist Kevin England

On May 3, botanist Kevin England will lead a teaching hike on Thompson Creek for Environmental Education Association of Alabama and Wild South.  The focus of the hike will be ecology (climate, geology, habitat, aspect, etc.), spring ephemerals and ferns.  Participants will receive a packet of naturalist materials and a certificate of Professional Development hours. For full details, see our calendar page.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kevin and what he does, please download his bio here: K England – Autobiography.

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Upcoming Green Teacher Webinars

Green Teacher magazine is conducting a number of webinars in the upcoming month. Topics include “”Transforming Education Towards a More Sustainable Future”, “21st Century Tools for Environmental Learning in the Community,” “Yoga in the Classroom,” and “The Importance of Place in Climate Change Education.” The dates are March 28, April 3, 18, & 25 respectively.  Registration is free. Check out their homepage for more information: Greenteacher.com

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Outstanding Environmental Educator!

Heather Montgomery

Teaching about corn snakes at Camp McDowell

Heather Montgomery, past President of EEAA and Educational Coordinator of McDowell Environmental Center(MEC), was awarded the prestigious Roosevelt Ashe Outstanding Educator in Conservation for 2013. Heather has been a leader in Environmental Education for almost 20 years. She began her career as an Instructor at MEC where she helped to write the curriculum and create classes to get students excited about learning outdoors! She is leading the team of educators who has developed Alabama Alive!, the Environmental Literacy Plan for our state.

Heather is also an author of children’s non-fiction nature books. Her latest one is Wild Discoveries: Wacky New Animals, a Scholastic book that is in book fairs today.

EEAA is proud of Heather and her many accomplishments!

Teaching about 350 million-year-old fossils

Teaching about 350 million-year-old fossils

Read more here:

AL.com

Wildsouth.org

-Maggie Johnston

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A Spider Named for You?

New species of flora and fauna are being discovered all the time, and they have to be given a name by someone, don’t they? Auburn University’s Office of Communication and Marketing posted an article about Dr. Jason Bond and his strategy for naming trapdoor spider species that he and his team discover.

Read the article here: Auburn University and New Spider Species

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