Planning for summer 2017? Dates TBD. Flyer announcing Teaching Science Outdoors summer 2017
Schools eligible for Schoolyard Improvement Grants:
- Please talk with your administrator, review and submit a letter of intent to participate. Details and a sample letter: 2016-17-letter-of-intent_administrator.pdf.
- Attend monthly webinars, schedule TBD
- Schedule a Schoolyard Assessment/Survey with KBS and Kalamazoo Nature Center Staff. To do this, email Tyler Bassett.
- You should receive a Schoolyard Assessment Report with in a month of the walk through. Set a meeting with colleagues, administration and interested parents to brainstorm ideas for a grant.
- Put together your grant proposal and submit. Click here for details on the Schoolyard Improvement Grants.
This program offered in partnership with CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU; funded by private donations and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education grant
2016 Teaching Science Outdoors website for participants
National Science Teachers Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA 2017: NSTA-2017-slides_Teaching-Science-Outdoors.pdf
Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference 2016 – blog post with links to resources!
National Science Teachers Association Conference, Nashville, TN 2016 – blog post coming soon!
Who? Elementary Teachers (2nd-5th preferred, K-1 welcome to apply) Teams of 2-3 educators per school/district are encouraged but not required.
Overview: Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) brings elementary teachers to the biological station and allows them to practice science in a variety of outdoor habitats. Next Generation Science Standards and technology (ipads, website and google docs) are incorporated throughout the experience. Teachers develop skills to adapt existing science curriculum for the outdoor classroom, conduct active research on their own pedagogy and build a network of resources to refer back to once they return to the classroom.
After the workshop participants will be eligible for an ecological schoolyard assessment and schoolyard improvement grants. Participants will be invited to monthly (after school) webinars to share their experiences with other participants and the leadership team. Learn more about what is involved: 2016-17 letter of intent_administrator
What to expect: breakfast and lunch are included each day, dress to be outside for 4-6 hours each day, teachers must bring an existing lesson plan or curriculum to adapt to using outdoors or an outdoor lesson they would like to expand or improve (ex. life science units of the Cereal City kits all have an outdoor activity)
Benefits: Stipend, access to web-based resources, participation in monthly webinars and the KBS K-12 Partnership programs, schoolyard assessment and opportunity to apply for schoolyard improvement grant
How to apply?
Application will be posted by March 2017.
Questions? Contact Kara Haas by email or phone (269-671-2360)
Supported by Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Education Grant
Links to program websites: