Dunes Educator Institutes
2012-2013 Dunes Educator Institutes
September 29, 2012--Dunes Ecology Focusing on Invasive Plants
October 19-20, 2012 - Dunes Ecology Focusing on Birds 4:00 p.m. Friday - 5:00 p.m. Saturday Fee: $80 includes meals, lodging and lots of materials
December 1, 2012 - Dunes Ecology Focusing on Urban Waters 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education Fee: $35 includes lunch and materials
January 26, 2013 - Project WILD 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fee $35 includes lunch and materials Join us for a day of wild activities - Project WILD that is! Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. Try your hand at activities that teach concepts involving wildlife populations, habitats, interdependence, adaptations, and biodiversity as well as cultural, economic, historic, and political perspectives on wildlife! Participants completing the full workshop will receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide including over 120 exciting activities focusing on terrestrial wildlife.
February 23, 2013 Geology Road Trip with Dr. Ken Schoon 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fee: $60 includes lunch, materials and bus fee Take a road trip with local educator, geologist and author Dr. Ken Schoon to experience the landscape of northwest Indiana in a whole new way. Learn about ancient dune ridges, interesting historic sites, and natural landmarks as you traverse the countryside combining geology, geography and history. Participants will receive a copy of Dr. Schoon's book Calumet Beginnings when they attend.
March 23, 2013 Dunes Ecology Focusing on Climate Change 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education Fee: $35 includes lunch and materials Local scientists and park managers will showcase the latest research and understanding about how climate change is affecting our region. This workshop is one of the Chicago Wilderness Climate Clinics aimed at educating the local community on this important topic. Educators will also learn how their students can get involved in monitoring for climate change with Project Budburst and the Indiana Dunes FieldScope. Participants will receive a teacher activity guide on climate change for attending.
April 27, 2013 Project Learning Tree and Arbor Day Celebration 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fee: $35 Celebrate National Arbor Day and try out a wide variety of hands-on, inerdisciplinary activities that teach about the environment using forests and trees as a window to learning. Each participant who completes the full six-hour workshop will receive a newly updated activity guide packed with 96 broad-based, hands-on, easy to use (and fun) activities! Activities were developed by a team of educators and resource experts and have been tested in classrooms across the country.
June 22, 2013 - Dunes Ecology Focusing on Threatened and Endangered Species 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education Fee: $35 includes lunch and materials The dunes are home to the Karner blue butterfly, Pitcher's thistle, and the Indiana bat, all species listed as threated or endangered. Learn about the latest research on these species and acquire some interesting activities developed in partnership with Notre Dame University to teach about endangered species in your classroom. Participants will receive a book on endangered species for attending.
Did You Know?
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres.