"The most valuable learning experiences may have been the meter squared analyses because they helped me focus intensively on three distinct delta areas. This activity, in addition to the found poetry history activity, the kayaking experience in the tules, and the interactive Delta Map stand out in my mind. The found poetry helped me connect the history of the land to the people that have lived in it, which was satisfying to me emotionally (I also liked that we did this cooperatively and shared out); the kayaking helped me connect to the water and the plants and animals that make their homes in the Delta; and the Delta Map and the kinesthetic activities we did with it, along with the explanations, helped me have an experiential sense of the topography and hydrology of the area."
The California Institute for Biodiversity inspires teachers to awaken a love of nature in their students by emphasizing the importance of strong scientific knowledge learned through interactive engagement with multimedia, classroom activities, and, most importantly, the outdoors. It is this unique combination that CIB brings to all its Cal Alive! products and its Professional Development workshops that fosters today's students to become knowledgeable environmentally conscious citizens and STEM enthusiasts.
The California Institute for Biodiversity presents teacher professional development courses that get you outside doing science in the field. Whether seine netting in the San Francisco Bay or hiking to beautiful vistas in Yosemite, our courses will teach you how to use the intrinsic power of the natural world to inspire students and also educate them on the science concepts at work before their very eyes.
The California Institute for Biodiversity produces an array of educational products through its Cal Alive! product line. From activity guides that get your students' hands dirty as they learn about coastal food webs, to resource guides that describe in detail the 53 habitats of California, to multimedia pieces that use flash animations to show the science we can't always see with the naked eye, we promise that these products will get your students engaged in and comprehending the science behind the natural world.