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Science and Nature Night for Teachers

November 13, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

summer camp kids drawing skulls during their Nature Art camp
A free event just for teachers to explore where science and nature connect!

We will have resources to explore, classroom demonstrations led by our staff naturalists, and lots of hands-on activities that you can try out and take back to your classrooms. The event is open-house style so you may arrive and leave as you wish. Demonstrations will last 15-20 minutes each, with two offered during each time slot and each one offered two times during the evening:

4:30  Event begins

5:00  Anchoring Phenomena & Nature Study
5:00  Science Notebooks & Journaling

5:30  Taking Students Outside for Learning
5:30  Osprey and Engineering

6:00  Anchoring Phenomena & Nature Study
6:00  Science Notebooks & Journaling

6:30  Taking Students Outside for Learning
6:30  Osprey and Engineering

7:00  Event ends

Exploration tables will be set up around the Center where you can look more closely at Nature Discovery Traveling Trunks, quick classroom activities, and MNHC’s SPARK art opportunities. 1 OPI credit is available.

All educators are welcome! You don’t need to be a formal classroom teacher to attend. No RSVP required but you can check out our Facebook event page and share your interest!

Classroom Demonstrations:

Anchoring Phenomena & Nature Study
How do seeds get their shapes? What happens to wet corn? Why does the body of a dead animal disappear over time? Why so many questions? Come explore the role of phenomena in the science classroom. We will look at what a phenomenon is, why it should be the foundation of a unit, what it looks like in practice and where to find them. Let’s put the wonder back in science!

Science Notebooks & Nature Journaling
Spark your students’ curiosity and creativity while they practice and apply skills in science, language arts, art, and more. We’ll explore a variety of journal types and activities, learn tips and tricks for making your class’s journaling experiences successful, and even do some journaling ourselves. No artistic skills necessary!

nature journal by Jenah Mead

Taking Students Outside for Learning

a group of summer campers plays on a fallen log at Camp Paxson in the Seeley Swan Valley

Osprey and Engineering
Explore a lesson from the Wings Over Water curriculum. In this hands-on lesson, you’ll learn how to engage students in an engineering challenge focused on Osprey survival!

Enjoy complimentary appetizers, beer and wine from The Dram Shop, and a prize raffle to round out this celebratory event!

We look forward to seeing you!


November 13, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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