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Spring ‘24 Environmental Workshops at the ‘Ville

Environmental education through Millersville’s Watershed Training Institute.

The spring semester is bringing more opportunities for environmental education through Millersville’s Watershed Training Institute. Workshops are being offered in January and March.

The Project WET Climate, Water, and Resilience Educator Workshop will be held virtually on Zoom on Jan. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This workshop is designed to provide tools for educators to teach middle and high school students about climate change and sustainability. Instruction will be provided for interactive, science-based activities that are student-centered. This event is open to all educators teaching students in grades 6-12. This event is free, and participants are asked to sign up here. Participants will receive a download code for Project WET’s “Climate, Water, and Resilience Educator Guide,” as well as free one-month access to Project WET’s WELL Portal for Educators. This portal provides digital teaching tools like interactive e-books, eLessons and videos. This workshop can be applied to two Act 48 hours.

The Project WET Educator Workshop will be held on March 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the WETi on Millersville’s campus. This workshop offers education on water and is fit for Common Core Standards and applicable to grades K-12. Activities in this workshop provide teaching methods, assessment strategies and essential tools necessary to integrate water education into all school subjects. This workshop will not have the climate focus of the preceding virtual event. This event is free and participants are asked to register here. There are 30 spots available.

WETi workshops provide unique opportunities for professional development. “These workshops provide teachers with a hands-on experience that is not necessarily found in other workshops and professional development days,” says Liz Rickrode, a graduate assistant for Educational Foundations professor Dr. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich. WETi events often include outdoor experiences with the intent of encouraging teachers to consider the value of outdoor education. “This outdoor experience can then be brought to the classroom and used with students,” says Rickrode.

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