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California Naturalist Supports Project Learning Tree

 

UC California Naturalist and our UC Agriculture & Natural Resources statewide program partner Project Learning Tree (PLT) have joined forces to offer a series of workshops in 2020. Join us to learn about ways to integrate this award-winning curriculum into your virtual and in-person programs and teaching and become a certified Project Learning Tree Educator upon completion of the 6-hour curriculum. These upcoming events are co-led and sponsored by the UC California Naturalist Program. For a full list of PLT trainings, view their website

We'll explore ways to get students AWAY from their screen and into the nature in their yard or schoolyard using the 5 E's methods of Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. 

These professional development workshops and the educational materials provided are geared towards K-8 informal and classroom teachers, as well as home schooling parents. Curriculum may be modified to be suitable for older students and a variety of audiences. All interaction will take place on Zoom. A free account can be obtained at https://zoom.us/. We will sent the meeting link after participants register.

2.5 Continuing Education Units are available through Cal State San Marcos for an additional nominal fee. 

Cost: $20/$15 for certified UC California Naturalists. The September 15-18 training is FREE for all UC ANR employees. Registration for all events is limited to 20 participants, so please register early. 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS: FULL!  Please click here to be added to a waitlist in case we  have cancellations. If we have enough interest we may add additional workshops. Project Learning Tree California has additional Professional Development opportunities listed on their website


Theme: At Home, Off Screen! With California Naturalist Staff. September 15, 16, 18; 3-5PM PST (Online).

Theme: At Home, Off Screen! With California Naturalist Staff. October 6, 7, 9; 3-5PM PST (Online).

Theme: California's Fire Adapted Ecosystems. With California Naturalist Staff and special guest Hannah Bird from the Hopland Research & Extension Center. December 1, 2, 4; 3-5PM PST (Online).

These workshops are stand-alone and don't build on each other. Each provides an intro to PLT curriculum and PLT certified educator opportunity. 

Download a workshop flier

If you have questions or concerns please contact Brook Gamble, bgamble@ucanr.edu or 907-456-3775.


PAST TRAININGS:

PLT Educator Information Session at the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education 2020 Spring Conference.  Saturday, May 2, 2020. SCICON Outdoor School, Springville, California

Join CalNat community education specialist Sarah Angulo for a hands-on one-hour workshop on Project Learning Tree techniques and pedagogy.


PLT Educator Training in Los Angeles County   

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden

  • Become a Project Learning Tree certified educator
  • Be engaged in a hands-on workshop for both formal and non-formal educators
  • Investigate environmental topics with indoor and outdoor activities adaptable to all ages
  • Receive PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, correlated to national and state academic standards

Instructors include California Naturalist Community Education Specialist Eliot Freutel and Director Greg Ira. 


PLT Educator Training in Mendocino County
Saturday February 29, 2020 at the UC ANR Hopland Research & Extension CenterDownload a flier.

  • Become a Project Learning Tree certified educator
  • Be engaged in a hands-on workshop for both formal and non-formal educators
  • Investigate environmental topics in the oak woodlands with indoor and outdoor activities adaptable to all ages
  • Receive PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, correlated to national and state academic standards

Instructors include UC ANR Community Education Specialists Hannah Bird(Hopland Research & Extension Center) and Brook Gamble (UC California Naturalist Program).