Workshops

Upcoming Creek Connections Workshops:

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

Due to its unique and rich biodiversity and outstanding water quality, French Creek is nationally renowned as one of the most important streams in eastern North America, and is identified as a globally significant watershed. This workshop will highlight the geological history, water quality, and aquatic ecology of waterways in northwest Pennsylvania, considering important and challenging societal issues such as land use change, invasive species, and climate change. Activities include:

• Networking, building ties, and sharing ideas with other earth & environmental educators.
• Integrating earth science information and data from local watersheds into curriculum, with resources for use with students of all ages (pre-K, K-12, even adults).
• Teaching from an earth systems perspective, in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards.
• Using technical apps, digital maps, and visual imagery as innovative teaching tools.
• Creating virtual field experiences that can be shared with students, in the community, and online.
• Engaging the public through citizen science opportunities.

We encourage any interested colleagues from K-12 schools, nature centers, museums, and academic institutions to join us at Carr Hall at Allegheny College. Please bring cell phones and laptops to facilitate hands-on activities. The workshop is entirely free-of-charge, with meals and refreshments provided. Please help us to spread the word, and register today!

The primary instructors are renowned educators Dr. Don Haas and Dr. Rob Ross of the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth. Haas (Director of Teacher Programs) currently serves at the president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and Ross (Director of Outreach and Exhibits) currently teaches history of life and environmental sciences at Cornell University and Ithaca College. Additional materials will be presented by researchers from Penn State University and Allegheny College.

Draft Agenda. FULL – Registration closed

Past Creek Connections Workshops:

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