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Teacher Professional Development

 

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Building a Schoolyard Garden

Learn how to create a simple vegetable or habitat garden in your schoolyard, either in the ground or in containers. Get tips on gardening, plants suitable for the school year season and ideas on how to incorporate a schoolyard garden curriculum into your classroom curriculum. Appropriate for K-12 teachers.

$55, Member; $65, Nonmember

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Citizen Science

Find out the latest buzz on citizen science! This class will explore how to incorporate citizen science into your curriculum using the science of phenology. We’ll investigate different citizen science websites, how to upload and download data, and how these skills fit into Colorado Academic Standards and NGSS. Appropriate for upper elementary, middle school and high school grade levels.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Colorado Wetlands at Chatfield Farms

Explore the riparian ecosystem at Chatfield Farms. Develop an appreciation for the balance between human, animal and plant interactions in our Colorado wetlands. We will immerse ourselves in citizen science, visit beaver dams and learn about the restoration project taking place at Deer Creek. Appropriate for K-12 teachers.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Life on the Colorado Prairie

Approach basic ecology by exploring how to use the natural landscape to investigate ecosystems. Connect Colorado history to science concepts with a focus on adaptation by looking at how humans and other organisms have shaped and been shaped by the prairie. Appropriate for elementary school teachers. 0.5 graduate level teacher relicensure credit from Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class with a $40.00 tuition fee.

Date: October 6, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue in Aurora, CO 80013.

STEAM in the Gardens

Bring a little STEAM into your classroom curriculum using inquiry methods to teach a variety of subjects using the Gardens as a resource. Appropriate for elementary and middle school levels.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Teaching Plants from Root to Seed

Discover methods of integrating plant science into your classroom curriculum with a detailed look at what each plant part does. Also learn about plant classification and experience hands-on activities that you can easily transfer to your classroom.

 

$50 member, $55 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

 

The Growing Classroom - how to successfully grow plants in your classroom

Have you always wanted to grow plants in your classroom but don’t have a green thumb? We’ll go over techniques to successfully grow plants indoors along with activities for students to learn about plants and planting. Appropriate for all classroom teachers.

$55 member, $65 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40 (payable by check only).

 

Tree Identification with Project Learning Tree - Bringing the Outside In

Spend a day at Denver Botanic Gardens exploring the Project Learning Tree curriculum and learning all about trees. We'll view our collection of Colorado Champion trees; learn how to identify trees using a dichotomous key and how to incorporate these skills into your classroom. Using the Project Learning Tree curriculum, we'll learn key identification traits of Colorado trees as well as non native trees that grow in our area, challenges associated with growing trees in Colorado and how you can care for trees with your students.

 

The material taught in this class is applicable for grades 3 – 8, with modifications included for younger and older students.

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

 

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