VT Education and Environment Network

Upcoming events

    • 31 Mar 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 19 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • online every Tuesday and Friday until mid June

    The Lake Champlain Sea Grant team is hosting "Zoom a Scientist," focused on watershed and aquatic science. This virtual webinar series features scientists from the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, SUNY Plattsburgh, the Lake Champlain Research Institute, and our partner organizations. Sessions are open to all participants from school age to adults, some sessions that are more technical may be marked as more suitable for middle and high school students.

    The programs are free although registration is requested. Sessions are recorded and archived for future viewing at the bottom of this page. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please send an email to watershd@uvm.edu

    Teachers: If your school does not support the use of Zoom join us via YouTube Live. Please reach out to our education staff, watershd@uvm.edu, we will be working to live stream each webinar to YouTube and can provide your class with that information. 

    Registration: https://www.uvm.edu/seagrant/education/k-12-watershed-alliance/virtual-learning

    Contact information: watershd@uvm.edu

    • 1 May 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 28 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Facebook & Instagram

    Audience: Parents and Educators PreK-Grade 6

    Into the Woods VT is designed to get parents and caregivers out into their yards exploring every day. This is a partnership between the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Project Learning Tree, the Vermont Woodlands Association, and the Vermont Tree Farm Program. Every Friday new easy and fun outdoor activities are posted on Facebook and Instagram. Families who share their photos and activities with us on either platform are automatically entered into our weekly prize drawings on Fridays.

    Learn more on Facebook or Instagram.
    Contact information: Rebecca Roy at rebecca.roy@vermont.gov or (802) 522-0780

    • 14 May 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 1 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Your Community, Ongoing

    The University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms are pleased to offer an innovative program in placed-based education for towns in Vermont. The PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program provides local residents with a forum for exploring and understanding the natural and cultural history of their town landscape. Working directly with local schools, town commissions, historical societies, and conservation organizations, PLACE staff members develop an integrated series of presentations, field trips, workshops, and visioning forums designed to celebrate and honor a town’s cultural heritage and ecological potential. Since its inception in 2001, PLACE has collaborated with a host of local and regional partners to facilitate programs in 14 communities, with a 15th program currently underway in the town of New Haven, Vermont. The current program model brings together community members and UVM graduate students in a collaborative research process through the PLACE Institute, and features visioning sessions and design-build projects that integrate an appreciation of a community’s heritage into plans for a sustainable future.

    Link to event: http://www.uvm.edu/place/index.html

    Contact information: UVM, Shelburne Farms & Burlington Geographic 

    • 18 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 6 Jul 2020
    • 10:45 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Join Audubon Vermont’s teacher-naturalist, Emily Kaplita, and Education Americorps Member, Sarah Hooghuis, every Monday morning from 10:00-10:45 AM for a virtual snack and story time! Each week will explore a different mammal, insect or amphibian with a corresponding book and mini lesson. There will always be a craft to go along with the story and lesson, that you can find attached to the bottom of the event page. Registrants will receive email updates about this webinar, as well as periodic email updates about Audubon's events and conservation work and how you can help birds. (You can unsubscribe at any time). 

    On May 18th we will read I Wish I Were A Butterfly by James Howe. After reading, we will learn about the life cycle of butterflies, the plants they need to survive and introduce a few butterflies we can find in Vermont! Best for children ages 0-5, but all are welcome!

    Register here: https://audubon.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoduuupzksHt3Zl5srwKcKLqUGCJxkyx3v

    Contact: Emily Kaplita, emily.kaplita@audubon.org with questions

    • 29 Jun 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • American Precision Museum

    This year, we’re offering four days of camp.  Each day can stand alone, or you can sign up for multiple days!  The programs are designed for kids ages 9-12, and cost $25 for each day (which runs from 9 am to 3 pm).  Space is limited to the first 25.

    For more information: https://americanprecision.org/category/events_page/?mc_cid=64a60dbddd&mc_eid=4e9b27cf93

    • 12 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 17 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Green Mountain Conservation Camp: Buck Lake Woodbury, Vermont

    This course takes a hands-on, experiential approach to teaching pre- kindergarten through twelfth grade and non-formal educators about fish and wildlife management and outdoor education techniques. A one-week course held in July at the Buck Lake Green Mountain Conservation Camp, for formal, non-formal, and pre-service educators of all disciplines and grade levels. Educators interested in integrating environmental topics into their curriculum can learn about Vermont's wildlife and fisheries from professional biologists, foresters and educators through hands-on activities. Three Graduate-level credits from Castleton University are available.There is also a non-credit option.

    Course Number: EDU 5627 C03 (graduate) | EDU 4710 CFS7 (undergraduate)

    Instructor: Alison Thomas plus VT Fish & Wildlife biologists

    Location: Buck Lake, Woodbury, VT

    Dates: July 12-17, 2020

    Tuition: $650 

    For more information and to register email Ali Thomas (alison.thomas@vermont.gov)

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 7 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    For those who already have a strong foundation in Education for Sustainability and wish to dive deeply into their education for sustainability work. Our month-long program will provide you with the opportunity to reflect, learn, and collaborate with a group of colleagues from across the country. The Immersion blends a design studio feel with self-directed learning.

    For more information go to:  https://shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/education-for-sustainability-immersion-online

    Contact Person: Jen Cirillo

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 7 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    A compliment to our EFS Leadership Academy, this month-long experience focuses on leadership practices and tools to transform yourself and your community. We’ll explore a whole-systems and ecological approach for leading change in complex and emergent times. We’ll work with storytelling and leadership exercises to envision the future we want to create. A core element of this program is the community that will be co-developed through our engagement with each other and our collective work. The Transformative Leadership in EFS program blends a community of practice/professional learning community with a studio feel. Synchronous times will be focused on peer-to-peer learning, feedback, and dialogue. Asynchronous times offer an opportunity to apply tools and practices in your own community space. This course is action-oriented with an expectation that participants will create an EFS systems analysis and project proposal/presentation or strategy plan.

    Link to event: https://shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/transformative-leadership-in-education-for-sustainability-online

    Contact person: Jen Cirillo, Shelburne Farms 

    • 27 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • North Branch Nature Center

    This week-long investigation of Vermont biodiversity is designed for 7-12th grade teachers and educators looking to incorporate nature-based concepts and activities across their curricula. Each day is spent immersed in a different ecosystem, exploring the species, systems, and processes driving local ecology. We’ll practice field-based activities and classroom-based extensions aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Proficiency-Based Learning frameworks.

    Contact Person: Sean Beckett

    • 4 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • VINS Nature Center

    Are you looking for new ways for your students to engage in authentic, real-world science projects?  Would you like your students to become more connected and help to solve real-world problems in their community?  Come join us for a day to dig deep into National Geographic Learning Framework and discover how your students can solve problems in their community, all aligned to the NGSS!

    Teachers will be introduced to the National Geographic Learning Framework, explore what it means to become a Nat Geo Certified Educator and dive into the Nat Geo Geo-Inquiry Process.  This experience will provide teachers with a user-friendly process and take-aways that they can implement immediately in their classrooms.

    For more information: https://vinsweb.org/teacher-resources/professional-development/courses-we-offer/ 

    • 9 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 23 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    Join us for a 2-week deep dive into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together, we will investigate this framework and apply the Global Goals to local, regional, and global contexts. We will build upon our own knowledge of self, community, and place in order to deepen and refine our understanding of education for sustainability. Guest presenters from the UN’s Network of Regional Centers for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development will bring additional perspectives to the discourse. Selections from Shelburne Farms’ Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids curriculum will be used as a starting point as we apply the SDGs to our own communities. Participants will design a community-based project for youth voice and agency that generates local action for global solutions.

    More information: https://shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/local-action-global-impact-the-sustainable-development-goals-in-my-neighborhood  

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 13 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • VINS

    This course builds on the Becoming A Next-Gen Science Teacher pathway offered as part of NGSX.  This course helps teachers answer the question, “what could this shift in science teaching look like in my classroom?”  Study group members will take what they have learned about three-dimensional learning and explore ways to apply it in their classrooms using storylines.  Three perspectives guide the work throughout the course: engaging in three-dimensional learning as an adult learner; analyzing the work of K–12 students engaged in three-dimensional learning; and analyzing how teachers and curriculum materials support three-dimensional learning.  This course is designed for K-12 teachers who have already taken the NGSX pathway Becoming A Next-Gen Science Teacher(3DL1). 

    Please contact Hannah Gelroth directly with any questions regarding prerequisites.

    For more information: https://vinsweb.org/teacher-resources/professional-development/courses-we-offer/ 

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • VINS

    Are you interested in integrating Environmental Education into your classroom curriculum, or simply looking for inspiration on new activities that will engage your students in nature? Join Science Educators Michelle Amato and Marie Soderbergh in a FREE Project Learning Tree training workshop on Sept 25th, 2020. This PLT Workshop will include an introduction to the history of PLT, a hands-on tutorial on how to use the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, and two hands-on PLT activities that you can incorporate into your curriculum! After completion of the workshop, you will be given your own copy of the PLT Environmental Education Activity Guide.See first-hand why PLT has been used in classrooms across the nation for over 40 years! You can register for the workshop here, and if you have any questions, please contact Marie Soderbergh at msoderbergh@vinsweb.org.

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