The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is offering summer workshops for teachers through Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in the Town of Cheektowaga. Each workshop provides teachers with activities designed to incorporate environmental education into their existing curriculum.
From July 16 through the 20, teachers can learn how to connect their students to nature at the “Great Lakes Academy.” The program provides educators of students in grades 6 through 12 with hands-on activities designed to fit into existing curricula in science, math, English language arts and other subject areas with a focus on the Great Lakes. Participants will receive a $200 stipend and the program provides 30 hours of instruction for which in-service or continuing education credit may be available. The Academy will feature local history, geology, flora and fauna, a “Science Afloat” program aboard the Lake Erie schooner Spirit of Buffalo, and tips for using the outdoors as a classroom. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) 2.0 and Project WILD Aquatic (Wildlife in Learning Design) workshops will also be included.