Science Educator Workshops

We offer teachers a diverse array of opportunities for continuing education in the teaching of science to pre-k, elementary, and early middle school students (download our 2013-2014 Science Educator Workshop Schedule PDF coming soon).  Workshops are offered on Saturdays at the Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401). 

Note:  We are happy to offer workshops at your school upon request.  Call the Center at 713.667.6550 to find out how to bring one of our fantastic Science Educator Workshops to your school campus!

Advance registration required.
Payment due at registration. 7-day cancellation notice required for refund.
*** Scholarships may  be available for some workshops – please call for details BEFORE registering. ***

Register for our Teacher Workshops (online form link)

All workshops come with a Curriculum/Activity Guide.
Participants earn 3, 4, or 6 hrs SBEC credit (1 hr credit/full class hr)

Participants:  Dress for outdoor activities. Bring lunch & insect repellant.

2013 - 2014 Teacher Workshops Offered

Project WILD 

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2012 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

An interdisciplinary, supplementary, environmental education program for teachers and other educators wishing to incorporate nature and science in their teaching. The workshop provides everything necessary to use this K-12 curriculum, which teaches how to think, not what to think
Cost: $30

Growing Up WILD

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 10 am – 2 pm 
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
Cost: $30

Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014 CANCELLED

This 2011 Teacher’s Choice Award winning program was developed for preschool educators and early childhood specialists teaching children ages 3 to 6. It includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, experiencing trees through the seasons, and more. An accompanying music CD features songs from children's musician Billy B. Brennan that encourages children to sing, dance, and
move.
Cost: $30 teacher / $25 current student

Aquatic WILD

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Aquatic WILD is an invitation to explore and understand the fascinating world of aquatic habitats. Learn how to teach young people about aquatic wildlife using fun, hands-on educational activities. Workshop participants sample activities and receive a curriculum guide for grades K-8. Activities are integrated with core subject curricula and aligned to TEKS.
Cost: $30

WET in the City

Date: TBA - Next Available in 2015

WET in the City is a national urban education program focusing on water resources. Participants receive a curriculum and activity guide, which includes hands-on activities for K-12 grade students. it explores such topics as water conservation, drinking water, water economics, the water cycle, and aquatic wildlife.
Cost: $20

Project Learning Tree (K-8)

Date: TBA - Next Available in 2015

Participants learn to use the environment as a focus while incorporating nature and science in their curriculum. PLT emphasizes hands-on activities to stimulate student interest in language arts, social studies, science, math and more.  Texas PLT Sponsors: Texas Forestry Assoc. & Texas Forest Service
Cost: $30 teacher / $25 current student

Nature At Your Doorstep

Date: TBA - Next Available in 2015

Do you want to get your elementary students engaged in science? This workshop provides the skill and experience necessary to incorporate a variety of field studies into your K-6 curriculum. Each study is structured using the scientific method and incorporates math and language arts. Participants receive a copy of the book Nature at Your Doorstep.
Cost: $25 (cost of book)

Flying WILD

Not scheduled at the Center this year but available for presentation on school campuses. 4 or 6 hour workshops are possible

Flying WILD explores bird conservation through classroom activities, school festivals and stewardship projects. Workshop participants will receive an educator's manual, conduct sample activities and explore guidelines on how to implement school bird festivals and conservation projects. The program is designed as a supplement to middle-school curriculum but could easily be used for 4th & 5th grade or High School students. The Flying WILD Educator’s Guide contains hands-on activities that teach students about birds, their migration and their habitats.
Cost: $20

Project Learning Tree: High School Workshop (9 - 12)

Not scheduled at the Center this year but available for presentation on school campuses. 3 hour workshop

This workshop provides higher level information and activities dealing with complex environmental issues in a subject based format designed to compliment Biology,
Environmental Studies, Chemistry and other High School level Science classes. Participants receive an Introductory Handbook and one other topic guide. Topic Guides include: Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Focus on Forests, Forests of the World, Places We Live, Focus on Risk & Municipal Solid Waste. More information on each of these guides can be found at: http://www.plt.org/secondary-curriculum
Cost: $30 teacher / $25 current student (additional guides are $16 each)

Program Participants Say ...

“Very good! I will definitely use these lessons in a classroom. Thumbs up!!”

“… a very hands-on and exciting way to educate.”

“I will definitely recommend this workshop to all educators regardless of their content areas. These lessons would incorporate much more than science.”

 For More Information

 Call 713.667.6550 and ask for Sarah Flournoy, our Director and Science Educator Workshop Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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