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Blandy Experimental Farm Science Education Resources for Teachers
We offer a variety of professional development opportunities for educators. We welcome your inquiries and will gladly discuss ideas for how we may be able to assist you in meeting your educational needs. Please call 540-837-1758 ext. 242 or email email@example.com for more information about any of the professional development opportunities and education resources listed below.
Pedagogical Resources for Teachers
- Science content advice and resources
- Science process and technology skills advice and resources
- Lesson planning resources (for example: pertinent materials to teach evolution,biodiversity, weather, global climate change, watershed science, ecological structure and complexity, scientifically valid on-line science content and lesson resources)
- Partnering on grant writing for specific projects
Teacher Professional Development Opportunities
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET). This National Science Foundation program provides an eight week research internship working with a scientist at Blandy. This program is offered intermittently, dependent on individual teacher interest. Please inquire.
Our staff can facilitate any of the following national education programs for a group of teachers at a selected location in your school division. Minimum number of participants is ten. We also offer at least one of these programs at Blandy each year.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award winning environmental education program for educators working with preK through 8th grades. The activities are interdisciplinary and are designed to help educators add environmental education to their curricula. During the workshop participants engage in activities that they can implement in their classroom. Each participant receives a (preK-8) PLT Environmental Education Activity Guide. PLT also has developed Secondary Modules for grades 9-12 For more information on any of these modules visit www.plt.org.
Project Underground focuses on caves and karst topography. Facilitators and participants work together in trying hands-on activities from the Education Guide. Participants receive a Project Underground Natural Resource Education Guide suitable for grades K-12. Visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/underground.shtml for more information about Project Underground.
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary environmental education program emphasizing wildlife and the environment created by the National Council for Environmental Education. With the activities in the K- 12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, educators bring awareness and appreciation of wildlife into the classroom. More information about Project WILD can be found at www.projectwild.org.
Flying Wild is another environmental program from the National Council for Environmental Education. The Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds focuses on the science of bird conservation and bird migration. This program, designed for grades 3-8, was developed with the input of conservation organizations and environmental educators. The Educator’s Guide can be used in the formal classroom or informally for a Bird Festival or other outreach event. Please visit www.flyingwild.org for more information on this program.
PROJECT WET Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water. Visit http://www.projectwet.org/ for more information.
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