Experiential Learning: Using Parks as Outdoor Classrooms will provide 2nd - 8th-grade teachers with academic and administrative tools to conduct science lessons using a New York City park as their outdoor classroom. Focusing on forest ecology in the fall, the training will equip teachers to plan and implement safe and effective outdoor lessons that provide students with hands-on experiences relative to their in-class curriculum. Training pays special attention to the recommendations by the NYC DOE for excellence in environmental education particularly regarding place-based education and real-world experiences involving investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
Content is drawn from the City Parks Foundation Seeds to Trees program for elementary and middle school students, activities are carefully aligned with the New York State Science Learning Standards.
ASPDP credit is an option ($45 fee applies).
For more information about this exciting, free opportunity, please email Luis Gonzalez, Assoc. Director of Environmental Education at LGonzalez@CityParksFoundation.org.