Are you looking for teacher workshops or professional development opportunities? In this section, you will find information on workshops designed for educators or youth program managers, as well as information on professional development opportunities. If you have any questions, call the education team at 209/375-9503.
NatureBridge: provides professional development for educators covering tips and techniques not only for outdoor environmental education, but also for indoor settings. NatureBridge is a Yosemite park partner providing environmental education in Yosemite.
Robert Fore Excellence in Science Fellowship: weekend-long retreats at Sierra Nevada Research Institute's Wawona Field Station for local high schools. The curriculum is taught by UC Merced science professors and Yosemite resources management and science staff in an effort to connect state-standards-based high school science curriculum with the local Sierra Nevada ecosystems. As a result of these workshops, local teachers can be inspired by actual research is taking place in their backyards, gaining a special sense of connection to Yosemite. This inspiration can then trickle down to students as educators share these experiences in the classroom. For more information, contact the coordinator.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.