Nature School for Teachers - Summer Professional Development


Nature School for Teachers - Summer Professional Development

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Get outdoors, connect with fellow educators, and immerse yourself in inquiry-based science this summer! 

Nature School for Teachers is an opportunity for K-8 teachers to explore their local habitat and meaningfully connect with the science practices embedded in the Massachusetts Science Frameworks. Participants will practice field science and inquiry-based learning methods through hands-on exploration of local habitats, conducting field research, and designing investigations that they can bring back to their classrooms. 

The course will introduce principles of ecology (ecosystems, habitats, adaptation, food webs, cycles and systems, energy flow, and the influence of climate change), and highlight their connections to the earth, life, and physical science standards. Mass Audubon educators and scientists will model effective ways to teach in an outdoor environment, facilitate deep discussions, and offer content-rich presentations and helpful resources to support student learning in nature.

Participants will reflect on their experiences by keeping a field journal and, as a final project, will create a field experience and study tools to be used by their students, reporting back on the experience in November.

Earn up to 34 PDPs. 1 optional graduate credit is available for extra cost, due upon initial registration.

Price: Mass Audubon Members, $370 - Nonmembers, $410

Beginning July 23 in Lincoln, MA - Register: Nature School for Teachers (Metrowest) (

Beginning August 6 in Attleboro, MA - Register: Nature School for Teachers (Southeast) (