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CIB's 2016 Sierra Institute: Patterns, Proportions and Practices
Price includes meals, lodging, and materials.
The 2016 Institute will investigate the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts Patterns and Scale, Proportion and Quantity looking at patterns within and across California habitats, how patterns can be scale dependent and how data collection and analysis can be used to link these concepts. We will also examine how climate change affects patterns and processes in California and around the world. We will be including lesson and materials from the HHMI BioInteractive Holiday lecture series, Patterns and Processes in Ecology, taking the patterns found in California to a more global scale and including interactive media and short videos.
Join scientists, educators, and naturalists in the Sierra Nevada for this 6-day residential exploration of patterns, scale, proportions and quantities. We will focus on connecting the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy and the new Science Standards to K-12 teaching practices, all in support of school and district implementation of the new standards. Attendees also will learn how to include outdoor lessons, citizen science, environmental stewardship projects and wildlife cams into their curriculum whether in a rural, suburban or urban district.
Nestled in the mid-elevation Sierra Nevada forest, Camp Green Meadows boasts breathtaking views, rippling on-site creeks, and boundless opportunities for ¬field investigation. The Institute will model the intersection of NGSS and key environmental issues schools are challenged to address, including climate change, environmental science and literacy, and human impacts on California ecosystems and watersheds.
Optional college credit will be available. Instructors include Ph.D. scientists and educators from UC Berkeley, CIB, and the Central Valley Science Project as well as Sierra Nevada naturalists and curriculum specialists. Partners for the 2016 Sierra Institute include HHMI BioInteractive, Bay Area Wilderness Training and the Central Valley Science Project.
Between weekends of the 2016 Institute, attendees will have the option of signing up for a two-day Front Country Wilderness Training Course with Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) on Mon-Tue June 20-21 at the nearby Wishon Bass Lake Campgrounds (includes dinner and camping on Sunday night) and/or two days of discovering the natural history of Yosemite with some of your CIB Instructors on Wed-Thur June 22-23rd.
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- Friday, June 17: 2:30pm - 8pm
- Saturday, June 18: 8am - 8pm
- Sunday, June 19: 8am - 2pm
- Friday, June 24: 2:30pm - 8pm
- Saturday, June 25: 8am - 8pm
- Sunday, June 26: 8am - 2pm
- Optional additional programming:
- Tuesday, June 21 (evening)- Friday morning June 24 CIB's Celebration of Yosemite National Park & Outdoor Learning
We will be staying at Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School at Camp Green Meadows in the Sierra Nevada National Forest, near Fish Camp, CA. Part of the course will also take place inside Yosemite National Park. Please use the following driving directions because online maps tend to send you on dirt roads where your car could get stuck. When arriving in Fish Camp, you should see a sign for Green Meadows on your right. Turn right on the road directly after that and follow signs for Green Meadows or Jack L. Boyd to reach the outdoor school. We encourage carpooling and we will send out an e-mail list for that purpose closer to the date of the institute.
Cell phone coverage has improved at Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School, but there is a pay phone on campus should you need it. There will be wifi access as well.
Housing and Meals
Housing and meals are provided in the registration fee. The housing for the Sierra Institute consists of bunk beds set up in cabins. We try our best to split people up equally and with enough space so that everyone is comfortable. If you are worried about snoring, we suggest that you bring earplugs. Camping outside is not allowed.
Meals are offered everyday in the dining hall. Please eat lunch BEFORE you arrive on June 17th and 24th, as only dinner will be provided those days. If lunchtime occurs during a hiking period, you will receive a bag lunch to bring on the hike. Vegetarian meal options will be provided, but please let us know if you are a vegetarian. If you have any special dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring your own food. Any food you bring must be stored in the cafeteria. Food cannot be stored in cabins as it can lead to mice.
We will provide you with the following:
- Your own field journal
- A teacher packet with hands-on activities presented during the course
- Data collection equipment (e.g., temperature gauges, sampling tools, etc.)
We ask that you bring:
- A backpack/daypack large enough to fit a lunch and a small journal
- A reusable water bottle
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Sun screen
- Camera and binoculars (if you have them; we will have several sets of binoculars to share if you do not have your own)
- Pillow and bed linens or a sleeping bag
- Toiletries and towels
- Any musical instrument you might like to entertain the group with by the campfire - optional, of course
Be prepared for a range of temperatures. Sierra Nevada summers can be very warm in the day, cooling at night.
We will be at an elevation of 5000 feet, walking and hiking a considerable amount of time each day. Walking at least 20 minutes per day now will make hiking at that altitude easier and your experience more enjoyable. Break in your shoes before you get there!
Most mornings there will be optional early morning birding. We will let you know what time it begins the evening before.
CIB courses allow you to earn academic units. This institute is accredited through Fresno State and will be worth roughly three graduate units. In the past, the cost for that unit amount has been $225. You will be able to sign-up during the June registration period. For more information on university requirements and transcript requests, visit our Academic Credit page. We will update this section with the exact unit amount and cost as soon as we know.
Cancellation & More Information
While registration fees are non-refundable, we understand that plans change. If you need to drop out of the course, would like more information, or are having trouble registering for the course, please e-mail our Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.