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Course Date(s):

Tuesday-Friday, July 19 - 22, 2022 from 9:00am-3:30pm
Thursday, 4:00pm-6:00pm: 11/3/22 (While in person attendance is encouraged, arrangements can be made to attend the November 3rd session remotely if needed.)

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

July 15, 2022


Face to Face




24 PDPs

Grad Credit:

1 optional graduate credit from Worcester State University for $125, due upon initial registration


$350 TEC Members / $390 Non-TEC Members

Withdrawals: No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt.


Mass Audubon Headquarters


K-8 Educators

Nature School: Schoolyard Habitats

Nature School is an opportunity for teachers to immerse themselves in our local habitat, become (re)excited about science, and meaningfully connect with the science practices embedded in the Massachusetts science standards. Mass Audubon educators and scientists will facilitate hands-on engagements with nature, rich discussions, and content-rich presentations. Participants will practice field science and inquiry-based learning methods by studying and exploring local habitats, conducting field research, and designing investigations and field experiences that will have direct applicability to their classroom. The course will introduce principles of ecology (ecosystems, habitats, adaptation, food webs, cycles and systems, energy flow, and the influence of climate change), and highlight their connections to the earth, life, and physical science standards. Facilitators will suggest methods and resources for helping students learn and practice science through the exploration of their schoolyards and neighborhoods, and will model practical ways to teach in an outdoor environment.  

Participants will reflect on their experiences by keeping a field journal and, as a final project, will create a field experience and study tools to be used by their students, reporting back on the experience at a later date. 

Important Notes: All classes take place outside, in-person. 

  • Dress to be comfortable on varied terrain and in predicted weather 
  • Bring plenty of fluids and consider your needs for sun and insect protection. 
  • A 30-minute lunch break will be included each day; bring food that can be safely stored under an open tent. 

About the Instructors

Staff of Mass Audubon Society Educators and Scientists

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