Insect Investigators Workshop for Educators and the Public Offered at National Lakeshore

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Date: June 13, 2017

On Saturday, June 24, an exciting workshop focused on entomology will be held at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  The workshop is open to both formal and non-formal educators including teachers, pre-service teachers, home-schooling parents, naturalists, scout and youth leaders, and anyone who works with youth. While this workshop is geared towards educators, adults interested in learning about insects are also welcome to attend.
This hands-on session, slated to run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature guest entomologist Jim Louderman, who will talk about insect diversity, and share fascinating live (and mounted) critters.  Park staff will introduce participants to basic entomology and collecting techniques and discuss ways to incorporate insects into classroom activities.  Participants will also learn about citizen science opportunities including Monarch Watch and BeeSpotter.  Join the fun, and walk away at the end of the day equipped with an appreciation of insects, awareness of citizen science projects that focus on local pollinators, educational activities to use with students, and a kit designed to help you explore the insect world. 

The workshop is sponsored by Dunes Learning Center, the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. There is a fee of $35 which includes the cost of lunch and materials. Pre-registration is required, and registration is limited.  To register, visit or call the Dunes Learning Center at (219)395-9555 by Sunday, June 18.  Indiana teachers can receive professional growth experience points.  Illinois teachers can receive continuing education (CEUs) for attending the workshop.

Last updated: June 13, 2017

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