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.
Through 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 boxed 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.
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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. Registration closes 24 hours before each training. 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.
Available from Sarah on request! Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All trainings are from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.
Download the list here.
October 21: Taking your class outdoors – hints and hazards
Sarah and Angela 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. Bonus: learn some walking games you can use to enhance your class’ travel to and through the outdoors.
WATCH THE RECORDING
October 28: Who are the Wabanaki?
On-site at the Whaleback Shell Midden, Sarah reviews basic history and discuss food through the seasons, shelter design, and canoe travel. She shares resources, art projects, math games and games you can play with students, all from Wabanaki culture.
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December 2: Tremendous Trees
Review how trees work and how to build a model tree. We will provide a range of tree identification activities for all ages, and talk about microhabitats as well as tree/animal relationships. This can be extended into more forest ecology or applied to the maple syruping program later in the year. Registration closes at 3:30 on December 1.
January 13: Birds of Midcoast Maine
Fostering a love of birds can open up a world of nature to a child. Learn how to teach basic bird identification. We’ll also share several activities that will help students understand their behaviors and adaptations. Registration closes at 3:30 on January 12.
January 27: Mammals of Maine
Join us to learn about the mammals of our region, with a focus on tracks and signs. This program will integrate mammal adaptations for survival and identifying how animals interact with their habitat – both biotic and abiotic factors. Registration closes at 3:30 on January 26.
If there is sufficient interest, we will add additional trainings as we go!