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Alabama Extension’s urban forestry, wildlife, and natural resources management team and Project Learning Tree (PLT) present Camp Conservation for Teachers: A Virtual Workshop Series. Let’s make learning fun by exploring the natural environment!

Join Alabama Extension and Project Learning Tree (PLT) to learn new techniques for integrating Environmental Education into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (E-STEM) learning in your K-8 classrooms. Each session will include lessons from the award-winning PLT environmental education curriculum as well as offerings from Alabama Extension that will engage and excite your students.

The Curriculum

This series utilizes Alabama Extension’s UESEP: Urban Environmental Science Education Program and PLT’s award-winning environmental education curriculum to help teachers explore concepts of environment, science, technology, engineering, and math (E-STEM).

Integrating environmental education into STEM learning is a novel way to improve knowledge and foster environmental stewardship. The UESEP is one of many programs nationwide using PLT’s environmental education curriculum to engage children in learning, both outside and indoors.

PLT is designed for educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade twelve. It offers 96 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities and correlations to state academic standards. Topics include forests, wildlife, and water. Features include cooperative learning and technology extensions.

What to Expect

The Camp Conservation for Teachers series offers lesson plans and activities provided by a diverse group of presenters from across the state. Each lesson and activity exposes educators to new environmental teaching opportunities designed for formal or informal settings. They also increase a child’s ability to PERFORM.

  • Problem solve
  • Evaluate
  • Reason
  • Focus
  • Observe
  • Research a problem
  • Measure

This professional development course offers six continuing education units (CEUs) through the Alabama Math Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI).

Tune in Online

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays June 21–30 from 1 until 2:30 p.m. CST

Where: The webinars are presented through Zoom, an online video presentation format.

Registration

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for this webinar series. The Zoom meeting number and link will be provided upon completion of the online registration.

New to Zoom? Visit the Zoom website to watch a video that will help you prepare to attend. You do not have to set up a Zoom account to participate.

Register by June 15 for a chance to receive an Environmental Educators E-STEM Field Pack filled with educational materials and supplies. Register at www.aces.edu/go/campconservation2022

E-STEM Topics Covered

  • June 21 – Forestry: Trees and Forest Ecosystems
  • June 23 – Wildlife Management: Native Animals of Alabama and Songbirds
  • June 28 – Natural Resource Conservation: Soils, Water, and Watersheds
  • June 30 – Energy and Waste Management: Household Wastes and Recycling

Continuing Education Units

Each webinar offers one professional contact hour through the AMSTI. CEUs will only be awarded to those who attend the entire session of each webinar in the series. Registration details will be provided during each webinar session.

Educational Resources

Each participant will receive a free PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide E-Book from PLT. PLT curriculum e-books are available as a free download when you register.

More Information

Contact  Roosevelt RobinsonAllyson Shabel, or Karnita Garner for more information about this series or to learn about other environmental programs offered throughout the state.

For more details on the Alabama Forestry Foundation or self-paced online training with Project Learning Tree contact Ashley Smith at www.alaforestry.org  or visit www.plt.org.

Thank you to the Camp Conservation for Teachers partners, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Project Learning Tree, Alabama Forestry Foundation, and AMSTI.

The UESEP: Urban Environmental Science Education Program provides adults and youth with natural resource conservation strategies that lead to improved environmental awareness and stewardship.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Renewable Resources Extension Act Program (#1012197) and Capacity Building Grant Program #2017-38821-26426.

 

Download a PDF of the 2022 Camp Conservation for Teachers flyer.

 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

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