We’re half-way through the school year, but there is still so much to LEARN, even for teachers! In January, our Education Team is inviting local school teachers to visit The Gardens and explore new strategies for engaging your students with nature-based science curriculum. These two workshops will include presentations, round-table discussions, demonstrations and light food/beverages to keep those brains going! Take your classroom to the next level and take advantage of these FREE events. Advanced registration required and space is limited.

Saturday, January 19, 9am-Noon
Teacher Appreciation Brunch

Come to the Gardens at Heather Farm and enjoy coffee and bagels while listening to local native wildlife experts. Take home recommended hands-on lessons tailored to include grade level science standards. Most importantly, get inspired to bring new science projects into your classroom this spring.

9:20 a.m.Water Audits and Incentives for Planting Native Plants at your School
Chris Dundon, CCWD Water Use Efficiency Supervisor and Justin Fivella, CCWD Education Coordinator
10:00 a.m.Creating Natural Spaces at your School Sit
Nancy Wenninger, MDAS Conservation Chair with Linden Van Wert, Seven Hills School Teacher
10:30 a.m.Break-out Sessions
1) Planting and Gardening with Nancy Wenninger (MDAS) and Arlene Molina (GHF Teacher)
2) Measuring Diversity and Action Plans with
Justin Fivella (CCWD) and Noelle Pipa (GHF Teacher)
3) Bird Habitats and Migration with Georgette Howington (Blue Bird Recovery Program), Linden Van Wert (Seven Hills) and Tascha Barnes (GHF Education Manager)
11:00 a.m.Protecting Natural Spaces and Secondary Nesters
Georgette Howington, Assistant Director, Blue Bird Recovery Program
11:30 a.m.Local Educational Group Offerings & Sign-ups
Mount Diablo Audubon Society, Lindsay Wildlife Experience, The Gardens at Heather Farm, Ruth Bancroft Garden, John Muir House
More lesson support from: Mystery Science, Project WET, FOSS, EEI
11:45 a.m.Wrap-up and Next Steps
Tascha Barnes, Education Manager, The Gardens at Heather Farm

Thursday, January 24, 4-7pm
Teacher Grant Writing Workshop

Learn how to put your science lesson ideas into writing and gain financial support from local organizations that promote conservation science. Gain insight from industry experts from NOAA Ocean Guardians, California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tale grants and a CTA IFT representative. Meet other teachers who have successfully secured these grants and get guidance on the application process.  Dinner will be provided, making it easy to swing by at the end of the school day.

4:00 p.m.Welcome and Conservation Grant Ideas and Deadlines
Tascha Barnes, Education Manager, The Gardens at Heather Farm
4:30 p.m.Dinner and Focus Groups
5:00 p.m.NOAA Ocean Guardian Grant
Naomi Pollack, Program Coordinator, Ocean Guardian School Program
5:40 p.m.California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant
Sylvie Lee, Public Education Program Analyst, California Coastal Commision
6:00 p.m.CTA Institute For Teaching (IFT) Grant
Dr. Anita Benites, IFT Program Consultant, CTA, Institute for Teaching
6:30 p.m.Teacher Groups/Grant Focus Topics
1) Planting & Gardening with Arlene Molina (GHF Teacher)
2) Measuring Diversity & Action Plans with Tascha Barnes (GHF Education Manager) and Noelle Pipa (GHF Teacher)
3) Conserving Water and Waterways with Justin Fivella (CCWD Education Manager)
Local Educational Group Offerings & Sign-ups
Mount Diablo Audubon Society, Lindsay Wildlife Experience, The Gardens at Heather Farm, Ruth Bancroft Garden, John Muir House
Lesson support:  
Project WET, FOSS, EEI, Mystery Science

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