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Summer Educator Workshop Series: “Science in National Parks” Offered at National Lakeshore

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Date: July 6, 2018

Formal and non-formal educators are invited to join in an exciting series of workshops focusing on science in our national parks. These workshops take place on Tuesday, July 24 through Friday, July 27, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Connect with researchers doing fieldwork at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other locations for real world examples that bring science in national parks to life. Each day will include a variety of resources and hands-on activities to enhance your classroom teaching. Daily topics include Tuesday, July 24: Exploring Citizen Science, Wednesday, July 25: Exploring the World of Sounds, Thursday, July 26: Invasive Species, and Friday, July 27: Your Local Waters.
Educators can choose one day or all four:  Tuesday’s Citizen Science workshop will focus on ways to get students collecting data and monitoring natural ecosystems. On Wednesday participants will learn about “singing insects” from researcher Carl Strang and other interesting soundscapes in the dunes. The invasive species workshop will cover both land and water based threats and how educators and students can help manage and identify these species. Friday’s workshop will include a boat cruise on Lake Michigan to learn about our region’s most important waterway.
Registration is $30 per individual workshop or $100 for the entire series of 4 workshops. Each day includes lunch and materials. Register at Pre-registration is required by Thursday, July 19. This series of workshops was made possible through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Park Service.
To register or obtain additional information about the workshop, visit or call Dunes Learning Center at 219-395-9555. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Dunes Learning Center.
The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at the national lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at our Facebook page at

Last updated: July 5, 2018

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