Teachers, we invite you to explore the unique outdoor classroom that is the Elkhorn Slough Reserve! Please join us at one of our Teacher Professional Development workshops and immerse yourself in the natural wonders that make up this unique West Coast estuary.

Each spring and fall we offer our Teachers on the Reserve (TOR) workshop; this one-day workshop introduces K-12 teachers to the trails, the Microscope Learning Lab and the numerous activities and educational kits available for use at the Reserve of back in the classroom. In addition, the Elkhorn Slough Reserve offers several other workshops designed for specific grade levels focused on data collection and field work: SWMP Data Day (October 2017), Teachers on the Estuary (June 2018), GLOBE – 6-12 grade (March 2018), GLOBE – 1-6 grade (July 2018).

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve offers you and your students a rare opportunity to deepen your appreciation for estuaries, wetlands and watersheds. Please join us in the exploration!

SWMP Water Quality Data Day!

Teacher workshop for 7-12 grade teachers

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve is excited to bring this amazing training opportunity to area middle and high school teachers.  Spend the day playing with data, developing lesson strategies for engaging students, and leave with a multiple week lesson plan.

The next SWMP Water Quality Data Day workshop is October 28, 2017.

WORKSHOP IS FULL.  REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) tracks short-term variability and long-term changes in estuarine waters at each of the 29 Reserves around the country.

This data helps Reserve scientists and managers understand how human activities and natural events can change ecosystems.

Teachers and students can access this real-time data in the classroom and explore important topics of study from the physical properties of water, data analysis, and how to apply data to real life situations!

This 1-day workshop will provide:

  • A set of strategies for teaching about water quality parameters, graphing tools, and data analysis
  • Collaboration with Reserve water quality experts
  • Access to Estuaries 101 curriculum and the NOAA SWMP web site
  • Time and support to develop a lesson plan
  • CEU credits through CSU Monterey Bay

Teachers on the Reserve Workshops

Teachers on the Reserve (TOR) is one-day workshop that introduces K-12 teachers to the trails, the Microscope Learning Lab and the numerous activities and educational kits available for use back in the classroom.

The next TOR Workshop is October 14, 2017.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
The next TOR workshop will be Spring 2018.

This ONE day workshop will provide you with the background needed to lead a content and experientially rich field trip at Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Date:                October 14, 2017
Time:               9:00 – 5:00 pm

Place:              Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, (in Monterey County),
Cost:                There is no charge for this workshop
One (1) CEU available through CSU Monterey Bay

Description:
One day – 8 hr. workshop that combines informative presentations with topical field activities in order to prepare teachers to lead content and experientially rich school field trips to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Teachers will deepen their understanding of estuaries, wetlands, watersheds, and conservation issues facing the Elkhorn Slough. Come experience life from the salt marsh and mudflats to the grasslands and oak woodlands. Observe the plants and animals that depend upon these habitats. Elkhorn Slough Reserve Education staff will model grade appropriate, NGSS aligned curriculum.

After the course – Teachers who complete this workshop will be qualified to bring classes to the Reserve. They will have year round access to the trails, field research tools, and the microscope Learning Lab, as well as teaching kits for use at the Reserve and in their classroom. Workshop participants will receive background and activity materials. There is no charge for this class or for school fieldtrips.

Teachers on the Reserve Workshops are offered each spring and fall.

Teachers on the Estuary Workshops

The Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a two day workshop that introduces teachers to the research on the reserve through hands on data collection and monitoring with Reserve scientists. It is an opportunity to get in the mud and experience the science first hand. Lessons for the classroom will be explored and developed, and training on NOAA data access and use will be provided.

This workshop is free to teachers! Space is limited and we expect this workshop to fill quickly!

The next TOTE workshop will be June 2018. 

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE), is a workshop grounded in research and field work and is based on a National Teacher Professional Development program supported by NOAA.

This 2 day workshop will provide teachers with:

  • Hands-on field activities supporting the Estuaries 101 Curriculum
  • In-depth information about estuaries and how to bring water quality data into the classroom
  • A chance to work with coastal scientists and educators
  • The opportunity to bring relevant data into your classroom
  • $50 stipend, and lunch each day
  • CEU credits from CSUMB and high quality teaching materials to facilitate your teaching

 

If you have any questions about the details of the course please contact Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator, virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

GLOBE Workshops

GLOBE 6th -12th grade, is an earth science workshop that focuses on developing lessons around hydrology, meteorology, and soil data collection. Teachers who attend a GLOBE Workshop will receive training on data collection techniques following GLOBE protocols for inquiry-based research to help students answer scientific research questions.

This 2-day workshop will provide teachers with the knowledge and tools to:

  • Implement GLOBE protocols and learning activities in a classroom setting
  • Work with their students to collect environmental data observations
  • Report these observations to the GLOBE website via an assigned Sign In identification
  • Access the GLOBE database to search for data from around the world and produce maps and time series plots.

Contact Virginia Guhin with questions, virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov

Our next GLOBE workshops are scheduled for March & July 2018.

The GLOBE Program
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995. http://www.globe.gov/home

GLOBE Mission: To promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve, A GLOBE Program Site Partner

As a GLOBE Partner the Elkhorn Slough Reserve will act as an official GLOBE site offering teacher training on GLOBE protocols for data collection and data entry into the GLOBE database and by supporting teachers to ensure the sustainability of the growth of the GLOBE program.  Additionally, a weather station has been installed for student investigations as part of the K-12 field trips.

Teachers

GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers.  GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put in a global perspective.

  • GLOBE’s activities address scientific topics relating to the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere (soil), and vary in complexity, allowing them to fit into virtually any grade level curriculum.
  • GLOBE’s elementary, or primary, science program provides an accessible platform for teaching hands-on science, inquiry, observation and data collection.
  • GLOBE’s secondary program delves into practices of science including data analysis, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
  • GLOBE provides a springboard into research projects such as science fair projects, afterschool activities, and honors projects. It’s also an excellent tool for engaging students not previously interested in science.
  • GLOBE materials are available in a range of languages, and the program makes more languages available to all as the community provides translations.

Training
Teachers who attend a GLOBE Workshop will receive training on data collection techniques following GLOBE protocols for inquiry-based research to help students answer scientific research questions. Once teachers have attended a GLOBE training event, they are provided with the knowledge and tools to:

  • Implement GLOBE protocols and learning activities in a classroom setting
  • Work with their students to collect environmental data observations
  • Report these observations to the GLOBE website via an assigned Sign In identification
  • Access the GLOBE database to search for data from around the world and produce maps and time series plots.