Teacher Trainings

Join Coastal Rivers’ Director of Education Sarah Gladu and Education Assistant Angela DesVeaux for one-hour online trainings on teaching science and culture topics outdoors. See the schedule of training topics below. You may also download a full list here.

school kids and teacher investigating in the woodsThrough the trainings you will have the chance to:

  • Learn more about or review a topic
  • Add to your toolbox of activity and project ideas, tailored to grade/age level (most are outdoor activities, but will also include inside components)
  • Network with other teachers and share tips and tricks

In addition, we have kits of tools and supplies to loan out, on a first-come, first serve basis, that correspond with each topic. Note: you do not have to participate in a training to use a kit.

For more information

Email Sarah Gladu, Director of Education and Citizen Science, at sgladu@coastalrivers.org or Angela DesVeaux, Education Assistant, at adesveaux@coastalrivers.org.

How to register

The trainings are free of charge. Click on the link under each training to register for that topic.

To help us be on target with our recommendations, please register at least 1 week prior to the program. During registration you can let us know what grade(s) you are teaching and whether there are specific things you’d like us to focus on.

All programs will be recorded. If you are registered, you will receive a link to the recording and all associated resources.

CEU credits

Available from Sarah on request! Send her an email at sgladu@coastalrivers.org.

Training Schedule

All trainings are from 3:30 to 4:30 PM except where noted.
Download the list here.

October 21: Taking your class outdoors – hints and hazards

Sarah and Angela will share some time-tested tricks of the trade. Make your outdoor classes even MORE successful and learn new ways to extend and expand outdoor learning for your students. We will also share some walking games you can use to enhance your class’ travel to and through the outdoors. Please “come” to class armed with a nature fun fact with which to amaze and astound your fellow teachers.

October 28: Pollinators, seeds and fruits

So how does plant reproduction really work? This review will boost your confidence, even if talking about reproduction with your students is not really your “thing.” We will share a great variety of activities and projects to do with your students.

October 28: Who are the Wabanaki? (4:45 – 5:45 PM)

Review basic history and discuss food through the seasons, shelter design, and canoe travel. share resources, art projects, math games and games you can play with students all from Wabanaki culture. Sarah will be on site at the Whaleback middens and provide on-site interpretation during this program.

November 4: Maps and Orienteering

It will be helpful to have a compass with you for this training, if you have access to one. We will review how to use a compass and share activities with which to challenge your students. For younger students (under age 10), we will share mapping project ideas and related material.

November 18: Geology of Maine

What teacher has not had a student bring a rock to them to admire? Kids love rocks! And rocks help us meet the Maine Learning Standards. In this unit, we’ll review Maine’s geologic history and go over tips for teaching about rocks and what they tell us.
If there is sufficient interest, we will add additional trainings in December and into the new year!