Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science

Public event
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Science and Technology Education Center/The IDEA Place
Woodard Hall Room 135A Wisteria Street
Ruston, LA 71272
United States
Phone: 318-424-8714

Thank you for your interest in this free Habitat Connections workshop being held at Louisiana TECH University Science and Technology Education Center's The IDEA Place and sponsored by the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative.

Join us to discover how you can engage girls (and boys) in learning through birds, citizen science, and local habitat improvement projects that benefit birds and other wildlife! Birds are a great way to get girls and boys outside to observe and connect to their environment…wherever you are, you can find birds!

What you'll receive:

During this FREE full-day professional development opportunity you’ll be introduced to a curriculum developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and will discover how to engage girls and boys ages 8-13 through inquiry-based STEM instruction. The first 20 organizations or educators* to register will receive a full-color, 7-lesson curriculum guide plus other resources to take home. Teaching materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards. The workshop is appropriate for both K-12 and informal educators; no experience with birds or citizen science is required. After you complete the registration, you will be asked to participate in a brief survey to help determine if you or your organization is a good fit for the curriculum implementation plan.

*If space permits, more than one educator representing a particular organization may register; however, only one curriculum guide per organization will be distributed.

Some outdoor activities are included; please come prepared to be outside on a Louisiana springtime day!

The workshop will be co-facilitated by Lou Papai, Collaborative Lead for the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative and Senior Director of Education at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center and Diane Madden, Leadership Team Member for the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative and STEM Outreach Coordinator at SciTEC at Louisiana Tech University.

What's expected of participants:

Participating educators will be expected to utilize the curriculum with a group of youth and complete evaluation data for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology prior to Aug. 31, 2016. Implementing the complete curriculum requires approximately 10 contact hours with youth. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will also provide ongoing resources and support to participants. If you have questions about this expectation, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Visit the BirdSleuth Habitat Connection page (http://www.birdsleuth.org/habitat-connections-2/) to learn more about the materials.

A map is also available for download under “Additional Materials”. Additional information and workshop documents will be uploaded or sent to you as the workshop date approaches. Lunch will be provided. Any dietary restrictions should be noted on your registration.

Click the ‘Sign Up’ button below to register. Registration closes 4 days before the training date (May 8th).

Note: If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lou Papai at 318-424-8714 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative
Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
SciTEC at Louisiana Tech University
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