Institute for Nature-Based Learning
- Conduct a field investigation
- Investigate and analyze a local environmental issue
- Work with scientists and natural resources professionals
- Build inquiry skills for project-based learning
- Be part of a professional learning community
The Institute for Nature-Based learning is a year-long professional development series for middle and high school educators that is aimed at providing a greater understanding of ecological concepts and forest management, products and issues as related to cultural, social and economic contexts while preparing students to be environmental volunteers in their community.
Sessions will provide the inspiration, knowledge and investigative skills required to transform classroom teaching into effective and exciting project-based education about natural resources using public and community-based lands. You will be part of a professional learning community that will increase content knowledge and develop skills that will allow you to integrate Common Core and the Next Generation of Science Standards into your classroom.
Teachers who participate in the program develop (or modify) their own curriculum unit to increase student literacy skills, critical and systems thinking as well as scientific practices required for field investigations. The project-based approach integrates hands-on study of the natural and cultural resources of the local community, address concepts in ecology, sense of place, civics, and forest land management and stewardship. At the heart of the program is the belief that students who are immersed in the interdisciplinary study of their own “place” are more eager to learn and be involved in being environmental volunteers in their communities and on public lands.
Although the value of this package is over $3500, the all-inclusive registration fee for this yearlong series is $400 per person. This includes eleven days of professional development, extensive curriculum materials, great food, implementation grants up to $200, and seven nights’ accommodations at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, home of the world-renowned Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. Graduate credits are available for an additional fee. Deadline to register is June 7. 2013.
The Institute for Nature-Based Learning (also known as FFEC) is cosponsored by Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, NH Project Learning Tree, the Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry- Northeastern Area, Northern Research Station, and the White Mountain National Forest.