Lynnhaven River Now
1608 Pleasure House Rd. Suite 108
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Professional development opportunities are available for teachers, both public and private, throughout the year. Preapproval of credit may be required through your principal or school system. Follow your school systems requirements to assure proper credit.
2013-2014 Teacher Development Opportunities:
Contact Jody Ullmann
or call 962-5398 with any questions.
Project WILD and WILD Aquatic Teacher Workshops 2013 dates: January 22 – 23, 2013, 6 – 9 pm, Princess Anne Recreation Center, Cost $10. Attendance for both sessions is required for curriculum guide/materials and to receive professional development credit. Registration deadline January 18th. Download registration form here. Registration is being handled through Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation.
Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic are two of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide offers learning opportunities through a focus on wildlife and habitat, while the Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Each is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. For more information about the Project Wild curricula, visit www.projectwild.org
Project WET Teacher Workshops
2013 dates: February 23, 2013, 9 am – 4 pm, Trail Center at First Landing State Park. Registration details to be announced.
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nationally developed, supplementary water education program for educators -- public and private school teachers, youth club leaders, museum staff and others. Project WET is designed to teach students how to think, rather than what to think. The program shows that wise water management is essential to the future social and economic prosperity of our country. Project WET addresses atmospheric water, surface water, ground water, cultural and historical uses of water, and contemporary water management issues such as non point source pollution. Professionally developed teaching aids are hands-on, self-contained, and user-friendly. For more information about the Project WET curriculum, visit www.projectwet.org
This one and one half day workshop provides a basic introduction to wetland function and dynamics and includes WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum guide. Exploring wetland areas, teachers will develop a more in-depth understanding of the crucial role of wetland areas, how wetlands work and will leave with hands on activity you can use in your classroom and on your school grounds. Limit 25 teachers. The course is appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers.
New Teacher Oyster Gardener Workshops
By Oyster Reefkeepers of Virginia
This course will prepare teachers to conduct an oyster restoration project with their students during the upcoming school year. In addition to lectures on oyster reef biology, history, ecology and restoration, this course will also provide teachers with the opportunity to explore a recovering oyster reef, to collect reef-associated fauna, to employ sampling techniques in the field, and to dissect oysters in the lab. For more information about this program, email Laurie Sorabella or call 757-460-1200. Space is limited. This half-day workshop highlights the oyster’s critical role in the Lynnhaven ecosystem and discusses the successes of the recent oyster restoration effort. The course will include introductory presentations and hands-on activities. Interested teachers are then invited to attend a second training seminar, date TBA, if they would like to involve their students in restoring the Lynnhaven’s oyster population. The course is appropriate for elementary through middle school teachers who are not currently involved in oyster restoration. Flying WILD Workshop
Celebrate birds with Flying WILD, a conservation education guide featuring interdisciplinary hands-on classroom activities along with information for engaging students in a school-wide bird festival. Key concepts include migration, adaptation, the importance of habitat, and bird conservation efforts. Designed originally for middle school teachers and students, the guide contains activities suitable for all grade levels. All participants will receive a copy of the Flying WILD Activity Guide and supplementary materials on birds.
Going Green: An Introduction Model to Involve Students in Community and Educational Projects
This course is appropriate for elementary and middle school faculty and staff. In this half day program, we will look at ways of “greening” your school, involving your whole school, identifying partners, easy projects and programs to get started and a look at the successes of a couple of local schools on organizing "Green" projects, such as a River Keepers program.
This revised two-day course will begin with a classroom component which covers watershed basics, links between land use, runoff and water quality, and related environmental issues. The second day of this course will be spent aboard a Chesapeake Bay Foundation boat investigating water chemistry and its link to water quality. The course will focus on sampling techniques and equipment relevant in an upper school setting. This course is appropriate for high school science teachers.