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Registration is now open for the 2017 Sierra and Field Institutes!
CIB’s professional development programming brings scientists and educators together to meet the needs for exciting, challenging, and relevant standards-based courses.
Our institutes and workshops integrate California Content Standards with experimental design, hands-on classroom and outdoor activities, and field exploration in regional, state, and national parks.
Our institutes are practical for teachers and districts to implement, allowing thousands of students to experience the thrill of doing real science. Teachers receive in-depth training and new materials that can be transferred directly into the classroom or into the field. Opportunities for transportation and implementation funding are sometimes available.
Registration is OPEN NOW for the following 2017 programs:
Biodiversity and Climate:
Impacts of a Changing Water Cycle
July 6-9, 2017 Green Meadows (Jack L. Boyd) Outdoor School
Fish Camp, CA
Explore the Sierra Nevada with scientists and K-12 educators during this 4-day investigation into the water cycle and the impacts of drought and changing water regimes on biodiversity. We will start with the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards and then take a deeper dive into two cross-cutting concepts: Cause & effect and Systems & system models. Educators will learn how to analyze the impacts of drought on biodiversity and how to engage in the scientific practices of field investigation and data analysis. They will leave with an NGSS-aligned unit created with their peers. Registration fees: $499 individual, $449 each with 2 or more from your district or credential program. Price includes meals, lodging, and materials.
Yosemite Field Institute:
Climate and Water- from Glacier to Valley
July 9-12, 2017, Camping in Yosemite National Park
Take this workshop on its own or use it to go deeper into your training from the Sierra Institute. Spend three days hiking, camping, and learning about the effects of climate and water on three distinct habitats in Yosemite National Park. Hone your observation skills, apply these lessons to your NGSS-aligned curriculum, and learn how to teach students to become better observers and scientists. Fees: $249, includes meals and campsite (3 days, 4 nights).
Registration will be open soon for our 2017 Programming
Ecology of the San Francisco Bay Intertidal Region
May 13, 2017 Crab Cove Visitor’s Center, Alameda
Learn how to include marine ecology into your NGSS-aligned lesson plans with CIB and East Bay Regional Parks. After reviewing the three dimensions of NGSS, educators will participate in hands-on intertidal activities that can be done with students. Educators then will work together with fellow participants to discuss incorporating these fun and interactive activities into their NGSS-aligned lessons. Fee: $50.
Journaling and Sketching for NGSS and ELL
August 2017 Coyote Hill and Redwood Regional Park
Learn tools for engaging your students in the natural world through observation and scientific questioning. Participants will use NGSS-aligned sketching and journaling activities while exploring two East Bay regional parks. This mix of art, science, and language arts will give you confidence and skills to guide your students through journaling activities in your schoolyard and in your local parks. Fee: $100; two-day workshop.
See some of the previous workshops from our 2016 schedule...
Stability and Change— A Closer Look at the Effects of Invasive Species on California Habitats
July 12-13, 2016 Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Enjoy two days of hiking and learning about invasive species’ ecology, impacts, and management with CIB. Participants will learn how invasive species are incorporated into the new California Science Standards, and how they can incorporate environmental stewardship projects and citizen science into their lessons on invasive species. Attendees will participate in a hands-on invasive species removal project and will visit a native plant restoration site.
Bay Area Field Journaling with Jack Laws
August 2-3, 2016 Coyote Hill and Redwood Regional Park
Join naturalist, Jack (John Muir) Laws, and CIB educators on this two day, outdoor, journaling workshop at Coyote Hills and Redwood Regional Parks that integrates journaling into the new science standards. Instructors will teach you how to actively observe and ask scientific questions about the natural world through sketching and creative writing exercises, and they will help you incorporate these skills into the new science standards curriculum.
The Sierra Institute: Patterns, Proportions & Practices
June 17-19 and June 24-26, 2016
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.
A Celebration of Yosemite National Park & Outdoor Learning with your CIB Instructors
June 22-23, 2016
This year, during the week between the two Institute weekends, CIB and our partner, BAWT (see above), are offering two outdoor experiences at Bass Lake, near Fish Camp and Yosemite National Park.
Take the opportunity to continue to go deeper into your CIB field training and to enjoy camping, hiking and the natural history of Yosemite National Park with some of your CIB educators. On June 22nd and 23rd, following BAWT’s Frontcountry Leadership Training, we will continue the outdoor learning and camping experiences by celebrating the National Park Centennial. CIB instructors will share tools to use with students and the natural history of Yosemite National Park with attendees.
More institutes or workshops may be added. Check back again soon if you don't see what you were looking for! Email us for more information: email@example.com