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Teaching Environments Naturally (TEN) Field Teacher Workshop

Course ID: Status: Full


Category: K-12 Professional Development

Course Description: This is a high-energy, intensive three-day workshop for teachers, homeschool parents, scout leaders,  and other educators preK-12th grade for Southwest Colorado Educators only.  Participants will visit numerous Delta County field sites and engage in hands-on learning activities designed to meet academic standards while building appreciation for local natural resources. Educators in Delta, Montrose, Ouray, and Gunnison eligible for school bus grants.

  • Learn to teach science, literacy, social studies, and more outdoors. Make the Delta County canyons, farms, rivers, and schoolyards your learning lab! New to outdoor education? We'll make it easy for you by taking care of logistics, funding, lesson plans, and equipment. Become a field trip star!
  • Already love field trips and teaching outdoors? See new sites and gain new skills-go further!
  • Sites: Escalante Canyon, Solar Energy International, Crawford State Park, local farms, parks, and watery areas, plus your own schoolyard-custom activities and equipment kits for each.
  • Activities designed by local teachers and resource professionals; standards supported.
  • All educators, all subjects preK-12th grade welcome. We'll help you customize to your subject.
  • Registration fee: $40
  • Adams State University Graduate Credit available. (optional, 1.5 CR, $83 fee to ASU, more info on first day of class)
  • Fantastic materials (field manual and activity guides) provided to each participant.
  • Training graduates receive access to school bus matching grants and field equipment kits.

What to expect, what to bring:

  • We will be active and outdoors daily. There will be a moderately strenuous, moderately steep hike for 60 minutes on Monday (McCarty Trail, Escalante Canyon), but we will take rest breaks.
  • Every day, please bring a daypack with lunch, a water bottle, sun protection and clothing for changing weather . Please bring water shoes (old sneakers, water sandals, etc) on Tues and Weds.

Class Schedule: 7:30 AM-4:30PM  daily, June 2, 3, and 4. Full attendance required (all three days).

Meeting sites

  • June 2: Delta Middle School in Delta, CO
  • June 3: Paonia Elementary School in Paonia, CO
  • June 4: Crawford State Park in Crawford, CO

Participants will be enrolled in SEI's free "Introduction to Renewable Energy" Online Course and must complete the first online topic "Why Renewable Energy?"  before June 2.  If you like this material, you are welcome to complete all ten topics as your final workshop project for graduate credit.

For more information, contact Leigh Gillette, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Education Coordinator. or   (970) 375-6709  

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