Upcoming Workshops

The NOAA Environmental Science Training Center (ESTC) offers professional learning programs for nonformal educators in the region.

Date Workshop Title Location
February 21

Education for Community Resilience--In the Face of Change

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
TBD - Postponed Make a Date with Data--2019 NOAA Environmental Science Training Center, Oxford, MD
March  6-7 Climate Literacy: Science, Solutions and Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Petersburg, PA

 

Education for Community Resilience--In the Face of Change

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO), the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA), and Virginia Sea Grant are facilitating a professional learning opportunity for nonformal/informal educators that will explore the concept of resilience through science, policy, and education programming.

Communities across Virginia are dealing with environmental issues and hazards due to extreme weather events, the effects of climate change, and other social and environmental changes. Education can, and often does, play a key role in shaping how slower, longer-term environmental changes and episodic events are dealt with. Education supports students' and the general public’s deeper understanding of scientific processes and ways in which human and natural systems interact. This deeper understanding can ultimately enable communities to make informed decisions that reduce their vulnerability to environmental hazards and stresses and become more resilient.

This workshop (February 21) will convene regional science and policy leaders and fellow educators in an collaborative learning opportunity designed to explore the science and policy of resilience and consider how resilience is and can be integrated within education programming.

Climate Literacy: Science, Solutions and Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO), Stroud Water Research Center, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation will offer a professional learning opportunity for nonformal and informal educators designed to support understanding of the changing climate's effects on Pennsylvania and to develop ideas for integrating climate topics within education programming.

Climate change is one of the most important environmental issues of our time, with overwhelming trends illustrating this change and wide-ranging effects on society and the environment from the melting of ice sheets to sea level rise, ecosystem changes, alterations in ocean chemistry, and global water supplies. Communities across the United States are already facing the effects of a changing climate,  and Pennsylvania is no exception. Nonformal and informal educators, as trusted messengers, play a critical role in supporting students’, teachers’, and the public's understanding of how climate change is influencing the human and natural systems around us--an understanding that can inform decision making as well as responses to the changing climate.

This two-day workshop (March 6-7) will convene regional science and policy leaders and fellow educators in an collaborative learning opportunity designed to explore the science and solutions around climate change and consider how climate topics are and can be integrated within educational programming.

Make a Date with Data--2019 POSTPONED - NEW DATE TBD

How do we study changes in Earth systems? What are we learning about these changes? How can data help us understand, respond to, and prepare for changes in Earth systems?

NOAA, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Delaware Sea Grant invite middle school, high school, and field-based educators to participate in this one-day professional learning opportunity. During the workshop participants will:

  • Plan and carry out investigations using environmental data
  • Review core Earth systems science concepts
  • Share ideas and resources for teaching about Earth systems in the classroom and the field using environmental data
  • Make and take environmental sensors and infographics

Join us and learn how to bring data-rich learning activities into your curriculum. Activities will support teaching with Next Generation Science Standars (NGSS) and meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). Participants will receive teaching resources and supplies for making environmental sensors and training on the creation of powerful infographics.

More information on past ESTC workshops is available.

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