Workshops

Upcoming Creek Connections Workshops:

Summer Institute 7/23/19 – for Creek Connections participating teachers. Workshop at Allegheny College for new and returning teachers to the project. Please register for the work shop here.

Other Workshops:

June Workshops

Pennsylvania Songbirds Educator Workshop

Tuesday, June 4, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Education Building

1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529-9379

Act 48: 5.5 hours (plus 1 hour optional bird walk)

Fee: $10.00

This workshop will provide K-12 educators with lesson plans that integrate hands-on activities about Pennsylvania native birds, identification, and habitats. Workshop will begin with an optional bird walk at 8 AM. Workshop is in partnership with the PA Game Commission. Participants will receive the PA Songbirds curriculum and other resources. Light breakfast provided. Please pack your own lunch and dress for the weather. Registration required. Please visit hawkmountain.ticketleap.com to register. 

 

Wild about Elk Educator Workshop

Monday, June 10 & Tuesday, June 11 (must attend both days);

Day 1- 11:15 am – 5:30 pm & Day 2- 7:00 am – 1:15 pm

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Rd (for navigation), Benezette, PA 15821

Act 48: 11.5 hours

Fee: Free!

This two-day workshop is for formal and non-formal educators who teach grades 6-12. Educators will learn about the history and management of Pennsylvania elk; elk natural history; and activities to teach about elk. Participants will receive the Project WILD- WILD About Elk Activity Guide and other resources. This course will be taught by the PA Game Commission (PGC) staff (including the PGC state elk biologist, ECVC land manager, & game warden), Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) Educators, and DCNR PA State Parks Educators. The course will include a hike on State Game Land 311 to see active habitat management and (hopefully) view elk as well as an attempted elk calf capture research activity.

To register, call 570-398-4744 Ext. 311 by June 3.

 

Project Wild Educator Workshop

Friday, June 14, 2019 @9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Education Building

1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529-9379

Act 48: 5.5 hours

Fee: $10.00

This workshop will provide K-12 educators with lesson plans and activities that focus on the ecology and conservation of bees, bats, reptiles, and monarch butterflies, as well as stewardship relating to changing life cycles, light pollution, and wildlife conservation with an all NEW Project WILD curriculum guide. Participants will receive all educational materials. Light breakfast provided. All formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to attend. Workshop is in partnership with the PA Game Commission. Registration required. Please visit hawkmountain.ticketleap.com to register.

 

    Pennsylvania Land Choices Educator Workshop

Wednesday, June 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Little Buffalo State Park, Park Office Classroom

1579 State Park Road, Newport, PA 17074-9428

Act 48: 5.5 hours

Fee: $15.00

Pennsylvania Land Choices is an educational curriculum developed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks as a tool for teachers to educate their students about land use, land conservation, and sustainable communities. The lessons provide multi-modal, hands-on activities for students in grades 6-12. From comparing aerial photographs to designing a park, Pennsylvania Land Choices provides activities aligned to current state academic standards. This workshop will focus on how land-use and sustainable communities impact our watersheds and stream health. We’ll highlight how activities from PA Land Choices can be utilized during Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) and other field based learning opportunities for your students. Participants will receive the PA Land Choices curriculum and other valuable resources. Registration is required. Clichere to register.

 

 Advanced Project Wild Workshop: Wild About Bears

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Education Building

1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529-9379

Act 48: 5.5 hours

Fee: $10.00

This workshop will provide K-12 educators with lesson plans and activities that focus on many aspects of black bear management in PA, along with info about where bears live, what they eat, and how to identify bear signs. Includes a visit to a local bear trapping site. You will receive educational materials for your classroom. Formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to attend. Workshop is in partnership with the PA Game Commission. Light breakfast provided, pack own lunch, dress for the weather. Please visit hawkmountain.ticketleap.com to register.

July Workshops

GO Teach GPS Workshop

Tuesday, July 2, 20199:00 am-3:00 pm

Presque Isle State Park

301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505

Act 48: 5.5 Hours

Fee: $10.00 payable upon required pre-registration

Join the park educators for this outdoor teacher workshop. Meet at the Rotary Pavilion. Teachers will earn 5.5 Act 48 credits. The workshop will cover the history of GPS (Global Positioning System), GIS(Geographic Information System), and geocaching. Be prepared to hike. Registration is required by calling 814-833-7424, cost is $10.00.

 

Wild About Bears Educator Workshop

Wednesday, July 10, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Rd (for navigation), Benezette, PA 15821

Act 48: 6.5 hours

Fee: Free!

This workshop is for formal and non-formal educators. During this workshop, we will explore the black bear, its natural history, management practices, demo black bear lessons, and more. You will have a chance to meet the PA Game Commissions’s bear biologist and possibly get to see a live bear get tagged and processed for research. Lunch is provided.

To register, call 570-398-4744 ext. 311.

 

Pennsylvania Land Choices Educator Workshop

Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11 (must attend both days)

 Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC)

151 E. White Bear Drive Summit Hill, PA 18250

Act 48: 12 hours

Fee: $40.00

Lessons from Pennsylvania Land Choices provide multi-modal, engaging activities for students in grades 6-12. From comparing aerial photographs to designing a park, Pennsylvania Land Choices provides inquiry-based lessons aligned to current state academic standards.

Earn 12 Act 48 hours while learning about land use, community planning, and community investigations. Each participant will receive a DCNR PA Land Choices curriculum, a Project Learning Tree (PLT) Places We Live Secondary Ed. Module https://www.plt.org/curriculum/places-we-live/ , and other resources. Day 1 includes a special presentation on Return on Environment (ROE) by John Rogers of Keystone Conservation Trust. Day 2 features a guided land use tour of Carbon County. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Susan Gallagher, CCEEC atsugal@ptd.net or 570-645-8597.

 

WILD about Raptors Educator Workshop

Friday, July 12, 2019 @9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Education Building

1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529-9379

Act 48: 5.5 hours

Fee: $10.00

This workshop will provide K-12 educators with lesson plans and activities that focus on adaptations, the natural history, and conservation status of raptors. Participants will receive all educational materials. Formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to attend. Workshop is in partnership with the PA Game Commission. Light breakfast provided. Please pack your own lunch and dress for the weather. Please visit hawkmountain.ticketleap.com to register.

 

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Educator Workshop

 Friday, July 19, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Ricketts Glen State Park 

695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814

Act 48: 5.5 hours

Fee: $10.00

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning national curriculum developed to help educators teach the importance of forests. This workshop is open to all educators who work with students from pre-K to twelfth grade, from formal teachers to naturalists, scout leaders, and others! Earn 5.5 Act 48 hours while experiencing hands-on activities. Participants will receive the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide and other relevant resources. For more information, contact Rhiannon Summers at rhsummers@pa.gov or 570-477-7780. Go here to register.

 

Project WILD Educator Workshop

Tuesday, July 30, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Tuscarora State Park, Visitor Center

687 Tuscarora Park Road, Barnesville, PA 18214

Act 48: 6 hours

Fee: $ 15.00

Project WILD provides wildlife-based conservation and environmental education activities that are hands-on, easy to use, and fun. We will introduce activities that focus on Pennsylvania-specific wildlife and habitat. Each participant will receive a curriculum and activity guide with many innovative and interdisciplinary ready-to-use classroom and outdoor activities.

This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Registration for this workshop is limited.

Click here to register. 

August Workshops

Advanced Project Wild Workshop: Wild About Animal Sign & Tracking

Thursday, August 1, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Charles Brightbill Environmental Center

4881 Ft. Loudon Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236

Act 48: 5 hours

Fee: $10.00 (made out to PGC); can pay that day

This workshop is designed for formal and non-formal educators to be hands-on and help you teach others about reading sign and tracking wildlife. Field exercises include interpreting wildlife sign, studying animal gaits and patterns, as well as identifying local animals found in PA. Learn how to create and take advantage of track traps and preserve sign when you find it. Bring a lunch, drink, and dress to go outside. Pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Sheila Snider at twepmail@gmail.com Registration deadline is July 11.

 

River Ecology Educator Workshop

Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9, 20199:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cook Forest State Park (new Park Office)

P.O. Box 120, Cooksburg, PA 16217

Act 48: 15.5 hours

Fee: $75 payable in advance; pre-registration is required

This course is a DCNR Watershed Education workshop, educators will receive Pennsylvania State Park’s Watershed Education curriculum. Participants will also receive a Pennsylvania Water Atlas, a copy of Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts, as well as have the option to earn 15.5 ACT 48 hours (targeted grade levels 4-12).

This workshop will emphasize hands-on investigative activities related to the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of a river. Both days are heavily involved in collecting data in the field. Day 1 will consist of land based activities venturing into the river. Day 2 activities will be from canoe as we paddle to various study sites along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. Prior canoeing experience will be useful.

Be prepared to be in the river being wet and muddy ALL day. Sturdy river shoes are a must. Sneakers are good, those with flip-flops will not be allowed to participate. Participants are encouraged to wear modest swimming gear. Participants must be able to traverse slippery footing conditions and possibly steep river banks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mask & snorkel, but we will have some sets on hand. A sturdy river “walking stick” may prove to be useful. Refreshments provided both days.

Register by 7/31/19 by contacting Dale Luthringer, EES at Cook Forest State Park at (814) 744-8475 or dluthringe@pa.gov . Payment is due in advance.Once registered, send a $75.00 check or money order (made payable to Commonwealth of PA) to:

Cook Forest State Park, ATTN: River Ecology, P.O. Box 120, Cooksburg, PA 16217

 

Watershed Educators Institute (WEI)

Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

 Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station 

94 Sanctuary Rd., Lake Ariel, PA 18436

Act 48: 50 hours- no additional fee; CPE (3 credits)- $350.00; Graduate credit – pending

Fee: $275.00 (includes lodging and meals for 5 days)

This is a week-long course is for teachers who teach grades 6-12.

Enrich your curriculum and become a MWEE Ambassador (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience) with local, relevant, and engaging topics while still addressing state standards and district expectations. Participants will be trained in and will receive a copy of DCNR’s Watershed Education (WE)curriculum and Project WET’s Healthy Water/Healthy People curriculum (also includes HW/HP Field Monitoring Guide). Participants will also receive theClean and Conserve Educators Guide (from Project WET). Training on WikiWatershed, Model My Watershed, and Macroinvertebrates.org is also included and provided by Stroud Water Research Center. Enhance your practice with hands-on training.

Network with watershed professionals from around the state. Work with scientists, historians and educators who work with local issues to preserve and protect our watersheds. Time is built in the schedule to work on curricula integration.

Learn at the pristine Lacawac Sanctuary which encompasses glacial Lake Lacawac, a National Natural Landmark, and its watershed. A variety of ecosystems and trails provide ideal opportunities for deep and meaningful learning.

Have fun and get outdoors! WEI is like camp for teachers: You’ll be immersed in nature, collect water samples, paddle waterways, reflect and journal on the dock, and much more!

Click here to register. For more information, contact: Jamie Reeger, Director of Environmental Education, Lacawac Sanctuary at (570) 689-9494 or Jamie.Reeger@lacawac.org

This institute is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT).

Past Creek Connections Workshops:

8/15/18 – STEM Educator Workshop: Water Resources and Earth Sciences in the French Creek Watershed

8/1/2018 – Summer Institute 2018

7/27/2017 – Summer Institute 2017

3/17/17 – Project Crawdad.  West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Laboratory.  Workshop Photos.

8/2/16 – Summer Institute 2016

3/7/16 Teacher Development Workshop at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Workshop Resources.  Workshop Photos.

8/4/15 – Summer Institute 2015

3/9/15 – Aquatic Invasive Species (Round Goby) with PA Sea Grant and PA Fish and Boat Commission

8/7/14 – Summer Institute 2014

10/19/13 – Creek Camp Teacher Workshop

8/7/13 – Summer Institute 2013

2/19/13 – Shale Gas Development Module Workshop

7/31/12 – Summer Institute 2012

3/13/12 – Shale Drilling Water Quality Monitoring Workshop

9/7/11 – AIS Workshop

8/4/11 – Summer Institute 2011

12/10/10 – Aquaponics & Sustainability Module

8/3/10 -Summer Institute 2010

8/5/09 -Summer Institute 2009

2/12, 2/24 & 3/4/09 -Creek Connections Open Houses

7/30 & 8/5/08 – Summer Institute 2008

3/12/08 Tree Workshop with Science Partners at Asbury Woods

10/8/07- Pittsburgh Teacher Development Day at BSA Camp Guyasuta

8/1/07- Summer Institute: Module Expo

6/21/07- Investigations of Fish Habitat Requirements Teacher Workshop

2/23/07- “Green…More Than A Color” Workshop

8/2/06 & 8/15/06 Summer Institute: Stream Geology

6/29/06 – Freshwater Mussel Surveys

3/11/06 – Rivers of Time: A Geologic Exploration of Pittsburgh’s Rivers

7/29 & 8/2/05 – Summer Institute: Intro to GPS Units

7/20/05 – Completing the Water Cycle: Meteorology

2/11/05 – Not Just Mapping Your Field Site: Geographic Information Systems

7/30/04 & 8/3/04 – Summer Institute: Riparian Buffers

6/10/04 – Riparian Buffers: Teacher Resources and Restoration Projects

2/27/04 – Water, Water Everywhere But Only a Drop to Drink

8/5/03, 8/9/03, 8/13/03 – Summer Institute: Wetlands

6/11/03 – Aquatic Insect Workshop

3/10/03 – Who Put Their Watershed On My Topographic Map?

8/8/02 & 8/12/02 – Summer Institute: Aquatic Insects and Topographic Mapping

6/20/02 – Rivers of Time: A Geologic Exploration of Pittsburgh’s Rivers (in conjunction with Pittsburgh Voyager)

10/22/02 – Something Fishy is Goin’ On at Creek Connections

8/6/01 – 8/7/01 – Environmental Education in the French Creek Valley Watershed Activity Module Workshop