Natural Research: Plant and Animal Studies in the Outdoors
The goal of this course is help educators get their students “wild about science.” Using wildlife and habitat studies as the focus, the course provides elementary, middle, and high school educators the skills needed to work with students as they design and perform their own field-based investigations related to the local environment. Educators will participate in plant and animal studies, ask questions and develop plans for finding answers, observe and collect data in natural settings, and present results and conclusions. Participants will plan curriculum for effective “environment-based learning” instruction by implementing strategies and techniques presented in class. The course will address life sciences learning standards for all grade levels.