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Registration Open for Nature Up North Teacher Workshop, August 1-2

A student discusses water monitoring techniques with teachers during a demonstration at the Grasse River.

Liz Kamb, our 2017 Water Monitoring Intern, discusses water quality monitoring with teachers (Photo: Tara Freeman).


Are you a St. Lawrence County teacher interested in incorporating more nature-based learning into your lessons? Do you want to increase opportunities for integrating outdoor learning with STEM content?

Join the Nature Up North team for our 5th annual summer teacher workshop!

Over this two-day workshop, we will demonstrate how to use Nature Up North’s free materials and programs as tools to increase place-based learning in your curriculum and add meaningful STEM activities in your classrooms. 

Nature Up North (natureupnorth.org) is a project of St. Lawrence University directed by Professor of Biology Erika Barthelmess.  We work with North Country teachers to sponsor fun, educational activities that improve science, math and ELA learning, while at the same time contribute data to research studies on regionally important (and hence place-based) environmental issues.  Nature Up North oversees several citizen science projects that enable students and teachers to participate in “real” scientific research, while also preparing them to achieve New York State Next Generation Science Standards.  We will help facilitate an inquiry-based learning environment where students, teachers, and Nature Up North staff work together as active learners.

The workshop will have sessions for newcomers and returning teachers.

Learn how to use teaching resources hosted on the Nature Up North website, such as interviews with North Country scientists and articles about local environmental topics, written for middle and high school audiences.  Learn how to engage your students in local research by participating in our Monitor My Maple, North Country Wild, or Water Monitoring citizen science projects. We will be sure to leave time to discuss how to explore and interpret data with your students.  Learn from participating teachers about what has worked well in their classrooms. 

Teachers who work with grades 5-12 are especially encouraged, and although our work connects most closely with science, math and language arts, we welcome all teachers who wish to use place-based approaches in the classroom. Each participating teacher will receive a $150.00 stipend for attending both days of the workshop.  Lunch and refreshments both days as well as workshop materials will be provided.  Space is limited to 15 participants. 

Teacher Testimonials

A few comments about the workshop from past participants:

"NUN workshops continue to remind me of the importance of framing concepts with a local focus. Real learning happens when students are engaged." -Shane Pickering, High School Science, Edward-Knox Central School.

"This workshop has inspired me to try something new with my students in hopes of engaging them with their natural environment in a more meaningful way. Thank you for your time, dedication and enthusiasm.” -Kristen Ames, Living Environment Teacher, Canton Central Schools.

Nature Up North Summer Teacher Workshop

When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd, 2018. 9:00am-4:30pm

Where:  112 Johnson Hall of Science, St. Lawrence University 

Who:  3rd - 12th Grade Teachers in the North Country.  Teachers in all subject areas who are interested in incorporating more place and environmentally-based STEM learning into their curricula are encouraged to attend. 

What:  Topics covered will include: using the outdoors as a classroom; STEM learning through citizen science; using natureupnorth.org to collect and store environmental data; integrating citizen science and outdoor learning with the Common Core; strategies and resources for integrating place and nature-based learning into lesson plans.

Stipend: Teachers will receive a $150 stipend for participating in the two-day workshop. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided both days.   

Registration: We have space for up to 15 workshop participants. Please register online at St. Lawrence/Lewis My Learning Plan Catalogue and by emailing Emlyn Crocker (ecrocker@stlawu.edu) with the following information: 1) Name, 2) School, 3) Subject/Age, 4) Interest areas and/or comments. 

This workshop is made possible by grant funding from our generous sponsors.

If you have any questions, please contact Emlyn Crocker, Nature Up North Project Manager, via email (ecrocker@stlawu.edu) or phone (315-229-5704).  We look forward to working with you!

-The Nature Up North Team