WHAT IS IT?
Each summer, teachers from across the region have the opportunity to participate in three-day environmental education training sessions, hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation education team. The program takes place in a variety of exciting locations, including Jefferson Memorial at the National Mall, Great Falls in Virginia, Maryland, Rock Creek Park, and Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. For many of our teachers turned students, this program teaches new ways to bring hand-on science into their classrooms.
WHY THE TEACHER INSTITUTE?
The Summer Teacher/Ranger Institute is part of the broader Bridging The Watershed program, which serves students across Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia, and is free to students and teachers. Teachers who participate in the Institute can then bring their students out to National parks to do an environment-focused field trip to tackle science and the environment concepts and hands-on activities. Participation in a teacher training or the Summer Teacher Institute is a requirement for any teacher who plans to bring students out through our program. You can learn more about the Bridging The Watershed program and how to participate here.
WHAT WILL I LEARN AT THE TEACHER INSTITUTE?
Teachers discover new ways they can bring environmental concepts to life in the classroom. Staff from the education team will demonstrate ways to teach watershed and environmental concepts, using simple classroom tools and resources from the Bridging the Watershed program. The field study modules that can be done at National Parks include having the students assess water quality through chemical testing, macro invertebrate sampling and identification, invasive plant identification, sediment and erosion studies and trash cleanups.
WHEN IS IT?
Please see our Training Opportunities page to see the upcoming training dates. Each Bridging The Watershed session will last three days.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
The program is free. Teachers will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of the Institute and participation in a student Bridging The Watershed field study by December of that same year. Stipends will be issued that December. Maryland teachers may also earn 1 MSDE credit upon completion of the Teacher Institute.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To apply to the program, please submit the Summer Teacher Institute Application Form.
For questions, contact Heather Zdobysz, Assistant Program Manager.