The Nature Conservancy logo Bringing Nature into the Classroom – the Science Behind How Nature Works for Us

This web seminar took place on October 6, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter were Britta Culbertson, Education and Outreach Manager for the Nature Works Everywhere Program (NWE) at The Nature Conservancy.

This web seminar focused on the tools available on the Nature Works Everywhere website, including activity examples and a virtual tool. Throughout the session, teachers were asked a number of questions about the ways in which they use their classrooms as nature laboratories, and were given example exercises to use with their students, such as pointing out pollinator(s) and identifying impervious surfaces using images. Teachers were then walked through a water filtration activity, including classroom activities and calculations, and given a tour of the Gardens Activity Guide available on the Nature Works Everywhere website. The web seminar concluded with final questions from participants.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I was reluctant to teach science beyond the book and quick experiments, but this and other resources have helped me re-invent myself as a teacher."
  • "I love the idea of being able to track your own information about your own garden. This could be a great tool for my students."
  • "I just love learning information that I can use (or pass on to colleagues if the content doesn't match what I am teaching this year.)"

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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