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July 16, 2020

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Camp Conservation for Teachers: A Virtual Workshop Series

Alabama Extension’s Urban Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource Management Team and Project Learning Tree (PLT) present Camp Conservation for Teachers: A Virtual Workshop Series. We will utilize Alabama Extension’s Urban Environmental Science Education Program (UESEP) (add link) and PLT’s (add link) 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 program 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, and features include cooperative learning and technology extensions.

The interactive, virtual workshop series will offer lesson plans and activities provided by a diverse group of presenters from across the state. Each lesson and activity will expose educators to new environmental teaching opportunities designed for formal or informal settings. They will also increase the child’s ability to PERFORM: Problem Solve, Evaluate, Reason, Focus, Observe, Research a Problem, and Measure. Let’s make learning fun by exploring the natural environment.

*Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available to those who complete each webinar series. Scroll down for details.

Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays
When: July 14-23, 2020 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. CST
Where: The webinars are presented through Zoom, an online video presentation format. They are also available through Facebook Live on the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Facebook page.

Free Registration
Registration is required to attend this webinar series. The Zoom meeting number and link will be provided upon completion of the online registration. Visit http://www.aces.edu/go/CampConservation to register.

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. All webinars will be archived and uploaded to the Alabama Extension YouTube channel.

Schedule and E-STEM Topics
June 14 – Forestry: Trees & Forest Ecosystems
July 16 – Wildlife Management: Native Animals of Alabama & Songbirds
July 21 – Natural Resource Conservation: Soils, Water, & Watersheds
July 23 – Energy & Waste Management: Household Wastes & Recycling

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Each webinar offers one professional contact hour through the Alabama Math Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI) https://www.amsti.org/ (add link). Continuing Education Units (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. The first twenty participants to register will receive a hard copy of the 480-page Activity Guide valued at $24.99. Register by July 7, 2020 for a chance to receive an Environmental Educators E-STEM Field Pack filled with educational materials and supplies.

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More Information
Contact Karnita Garner, Allyson Shabel, or Roosevelt Robinson 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 alaforestry.org (add link) or visit https://www.plt.org/ (add link)

Contact:
Roosevelt Robinson
robinrl@auburn.edu
(334) 740-9682

http://www.aces.edu/go/CampConservation

Forestry & Wildlife, Urban Extension, Online, Statewide