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Stability and Change- A Closer Look at the Effects of Invasive Species & Management on California Habitats
In Celebration of the National Park Centennial, we will look at the effects of invasive plants on California habitats found in one of our expansive, coastal national recreation areas, the Marin Headlands of GGNRA. CIB instructors will teach you about the ecology of invasive species, environmental stewardship in the parks, and how to incorporate these into NGSS and California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy.
You will leave this workshop with an ability to integrate the cross cutting concept, Stability and Change, invasive species ecology and environmental stewardship into outdoor hands-on science lessons with your students.
Join invasive species ecologists and CIB educators on this two day, outdoor, workshop focusing on invasive species ecology, the impacts of invasive species and how these concepts are incorporated into the new science standards. Instructors will teach you about the natural history of the Marin Headlands and how invasive plants have impacted the landscape. With the California Board of Educations Release of A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy we will be sharing ideas for potential environmental stewardship and citizen science projects that local teachers can incorporate into their curriculum, and all attendees will participate in a stewardship project related to invasive species management in the Headlands. On the second day we will hike to a restoration site so that educators can see first hand (then share with their students) the benefits of environmental stewardship.
While learning about invasive species, participants will explore the beautiful habitats in the Marin Headlands. We will discuss how to use storytelling to engage students in outdoor lessons and how to encourage students to deepen their observational skills when in the outdoors. This workshop are aligned with California science and language arts standards for grades 1-12.
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- Tues., July 12, 2016: 10:00am - 3:00pm – Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Wed. July 13, 2016: 10:00am - 3:00pm – Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
We will be starting promptly at 10:00am. We will meet in the Marin Headlands, near Fort Chronkite, located North of the Golden Gate Bridge off of Hwy 1 . Specific directions will be distributed to participants closer after registration.
We highly encourage carpooling to our courses.
We will provide you with the following materials:
- Tools for invasive plant removal project
We ask that you bring the following:
- A backpack/daypack big enough for your journal and supplies
- A sharpened pencil or two
- A reusable water bottle
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- A bag lunch, we will be eating in the field
- Sun screen
- Optional: Camera & binoculars (we will have some sets of binoculars to share if you do not have your own)
We will be hiking through Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Marin Headlands. We strongly suggest that all participants are capable walkers. Remember to break in your shoes before you get there. If you are worried about hiking, start walking 20 minutes per day now and you'll be fine.
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 email@example.com or call 925-631-2481.