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Science Teacher Workshop: How to do easy and authentic field research!

May 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

teachers doing field research

We’ve rescheduled our field ecology workshop, a few spots are available for the new date.

Learn how to do easy and authentic field research with your K-12 class, and bring the excitement of real field research into your classroom!

Open to all K-12 educators; OPI credits available.

You’ll work with expert ecologists from the University of Montana, land managers, and ranchers to learn more about Montana’s local ecology. Instructors will provide easy science lessons and experiments for you take back to your classroom, with a focus on the wildflower and plant communities that thrive in our valleys.

You will collect real scientific data in the field, learn about the fascinating evolutionary processes that shape our ecosystem, and spend an exciting, but laid-back, day at the Peterson Angus Ranch overlooking the beautiful Flint Range. We’ll provide you with a delicious picnic lunch, and real research supplies to use for lessons with your students.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify local wildflowers and other plants
  • Recognize the processes that shape our ecosystem, especially in plant communities
  • Design and carry out easy scientific experiments in your classroom and school yard
  • Connect your students with local scientists

What to Expect:

Date: May 19, 2018

Time: 8:30 am. Meet at the Montana Natural History Center. We provide transportation and will return by 4pm.

What to bring:
– Warm, wind-resistant field clothes, including a warm hat and a rain coat, and comfortable hiking shoes that can get muddy
– Water bottle
– Notebook

This workshop is the result of a collaboration between ecologist John Maron and other researchers at UM, and educators at the Montana Natural History Center. John has spent the last 14 years conducting research in the grasslands of the Blackfoot Valley and nearby areas.

To sign up, please email Jenélle at jdowling@montananaturalist.org with the following information:

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May 19, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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