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Registration Open! Teacher Workshop, July 30-31

Registration Open! Teacher Workshop, July 30-31

By Emlyn Crocker
June 22, 2019

This workshop has passed. To learn about upcoming workshops or to inquire about working with Nature Up North as an educator, please contact us at info@natureupnorth.org. Visit www.natureupnorth.org/educator-resources to explore our teacher resources.


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 6th annual summer teacher workshop!

This two-day teacher workshop will focus on incorporating nature-based STEM learning into classroom curriculum. In the past five years we have reached 1,500+ students from 5 school districts through citizen science, field trips, class visits, and after-school programs. We look forward to working with you and your students!

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30th and 31st, 9:00am - 4:30pm

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

Who:  5th - 12th Grade Teachers. Educators in all subject areas interested in bringing more place and environmentally-based STEM learning into their curricula are welcome.

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 Next Gen Science Standards and Common Core, and more!

Stipend: Teachers will receive $150 for participating both days. A catered lunch and light refreshments will be provided.  

Nature Up North is an outreach project based at St. Lawrence University that uses technology and citizen science to enhance place-based environmental education.

Registration: Please register online at St. Lawrence/Lewis My Learning Plan Catalogue by July 28th. We have space for up to 16 workshop participants. You will be notified by email if you are accepted to the workshop. 


We welcome returning teachers to our 2019 workshop. We will run some concurrent sessions for new versus returning teachers.  

For returning teachers we will introduce new citizen science lesson plans that meet Next Gen Science Standards, new games and activities, and updates on citizen science initiatives. If you're interested in sharing Nature Up North success stories, please contact Emlyn.

Please share information about this workshop with any colleagues who might be interested!


Teacher Testimonials:

"Above & beyond, best and most useful [workshop] I've ever participated in."
-Jamie Lopez, 9th grade Living Environment, Ogdensburg Free Academy (2018)

"Best! Very inspiring! I appreciate how you have created a project that could accomodate all ages k-college."
-Kristin Kellogg, 4th grade, Jefferson Elementary (2018)

This workshop is made possible by grant funding from the Arconic Foundation.

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

By Emlyn Crocker
Canton, New York

Emlyn Crocker is Project Manager of Nature Up North. An enthusiastic hiker and naturalist, she also enjoys skiing, cycling, and the thrill of an unexpected adventure in the woods.


Submitted by kkellogg on August 1, 2018 - 11:38am

I am looking forward to working with you while providing my students with meaningful experiences that will bring joy in learning.

Submitted by mgendler on July 30, 2019 - 11:17am

Two hours into day one of this workshop, and it's been a delightful adventure so far. We've already managed to get in the local parks and enjoy the Heritage Park in Canton.

Very happy to be here

Submitted by tracyhoose on July 30, 2019 - 11:47am

I am in day one of the workshop and the excitement is building!  I can't wait to get busy planning ways to implement the awesome ideas into my science curriculum!