Environmental classroom workshop offers continuing education credits

Environmental education can happen in any classroom.

That’s why Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Educator Jennifer Moore is introducing an opportunity for local educators to get continuing education credits while learning themselves how to incorporate an environmental focus in their various classrooms and subjects.

The workshop teaches ecology basics as well as how to develop ecological values and critical thinking skills, said Moore. Participants will be introduced to activities focusing on Pennsylvania-specific wildlife and habitat, Moore said, and will walk away with a handful of creative indoor and outdoor classroom activities that will bring ecology into any classroom and apply it to any subject by dovetailing with existing curricula rather than replacing it. Project Wild activities meet state and federal education standards, Moore said, and are a nice way to complement what educators are already providing their students by making it ecologically-focused.

“These workshops are a great opportunity for educators to network with other professionals who often teach different subjects and grade levels,” said Moore. “The workshop also gets educators outdoors to explore their surroundings during several hands-on activities.” In addition to receiving the brand new Project Wild guide, participants will receive additional materials related to wildlife that are specific to Pennsylvania,” she added.

From science and math to language arts, music, and art classes, educators can take the Project Wild Educator Workshop, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chapman State Park. For a cost of $10, the workshop is open to all kindergarten through grade 12 educators and will net participants six hours of Act 48 credit. The program is limited to 15 participants and registration is requested by Friday, Oct. 5, said Moore.

For more information on the workshop or to register contact Jennifer Moore by emailing jennmoore@pa.gov or by calling (814) 723-0259.