The National Park Service offers teachers several professional development opportunities in Jamaica Bay. Workshops for teachers are designed to create a collaborative community between teachers and scientists that will allow teachers to involve their students with researchers doing actual scientific work in the park. In addition to professional development workshops, rangers meet with teachers to prepare for education and camping programs.
Our Next Teacher Workshop will be help on Thursday June 5, 2014. Please check back here in April 2014 for more information.
Using the Common Core to Teach About Climate Change and Bird Migration.
Last October, superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City, wreaking havoc on the City’s coastal communities. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – part of Gateway National Recreation Area - is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern U.S., and an important route for migratory birds and endangered species like the piping plover.
After Sandy, Jamaica Bay’s beaches and dunes, and spawning and nesting habitats for shorebirds and other animals were badly damaged. How has Sandy impacted the refuge’s bird populations? How will climate change affect animals and plants at the refuge in the future? How are scientists measuring climate impacts? What opportunities are available for teachers and students to investigate these issues in the field, and integrate them into the classroom?
Join Hector Galbraith, staff scientist from the National Wildlife Federation, Professor Jennifer Adams from Brooklyn College, and Educational Specialist/National Park Service Ranger Dan Meharg at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for a first-hand look at how climate change has impacted bird migration in New York City and beyond. Participants will enjoy nature observation from the expansive windows of the refuge’s visitor center that overlook the bay’s salt marshes, as well as outdoor bird-watching (weather permitting).
Hands-on activities will help teachers introduce these topics to their students. Learn how and why STEM-focused field study is perfectly aligned to the Common Core and the NYC High School Science Scope & Sequence. Teachers will be encouraged to explore Gateway’s Bird Migration and Climate Change Teacher Guide and return to the park with their students for further exploration. (Grades 9-12).
Maximum capacity 40. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Did You Know?
Gateway National Recreation Area is mostly made up of water, making it a boater's paradise! Canoeing, kayaking, fishing and sailing are just a few of the ways to enjoy the park. More...