Upcoming Feb-April 2015 Teacher Workshops at PA State Parks


Here are some upcoming teacher workshops that are scheduled at PA State Parks. Please email or call the registration contact to sign-up or to receive more information about an upcoming workshop. To keep updated on upcoming courses, check out the new DCNR online calendar of events at- http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/search/events?search=teacher+workshops

  • Date of Workshop: Friday, February 13, 2015
  • Workshop Title: Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop
  • Workshop times: 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Workshop Location: Tyler State Park; Newtown, PA
  • Workshop Fee: Free!
  • # of Act 48 hours offered: 6.5
  • Targeted grade levels: K-12
  • To register: Contact Bonnie Tobin, EES at btobin@pa.gov or call 215-968-2021

Join educators from Tyler State Park and PA Fish and Boat Commission for a day of fun hands-on learning! Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today's arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and hands-on professional training workshops but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. This free educator workshop will focus on activities for early elementary learners. The Aquatic WILD activity guide covers activities for grades K-12. You must attend the entire workshop to receive the activity guide. We will break for 30 minutes mid-day; please bring a bag lunch. Morning coffee will be provided.

  • Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Workshop Title: Introduction to Snowshoeing
  • When: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Where: Pymatuning State Park; Jamestown, PA; Crawford County
  • Fee: $30 includes lesson plans, access to loaner equipment, refreshments & ACT 48 hours; checks payable to: Commonwealth of PA
  • # of Act 48 hours offered: 6 hours
  • To Register: Contact Linda Armstrong, EES at 724-932-3971 or larmstrong@pa.gov 
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015

Winter is a time when most people stay inside and remain sedentary. However, it is a great time to get outdoors and explore on snowshoes! Learn how you can motivate your students to get up and active during the winter through an interdisciplinary set of lessons for P.E. teachers created by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Lessons focus on health, fitness and preparedness; snow, weather and climate as well as history. The lessons meet Physical Education & Health standards as well as standards for History and Science & Technology.

  • Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Workshop Title: Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Teacher Workshop
  • When: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Where: Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA
  • Fee: $20 per teacher; checks payable to: Commonwealth of PA
  • # of Act 48 hours offered: 6 hours
  • Targeted grade levels: Preschool to Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers
  • To register: Contact Beth Clark at nockamixonsp@pa.gov or 215-529-7307
  • Registration Deadline: Please register by February 27, 2015

This is a workshop that is tailored for preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers which utilizes the award-winning Project Learning Tree curriculum. Teachers will receive PLT Early Childhood Curriculum book and music CD.

  • Date of Workshop: Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Workshop Title: WILD About Wetlands
  • Workshop times: 9:00 am - 3:00pm
  • Workshop Location: Nescopeck State Park; Drums, PA
  • Workshop Fee: $20 materials fee
  • # of Act 48 hours offered: 5.5
  • Targeted grade levels: K-12
  • To register: Contact park staff at (570) 403-2006                      
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015

Explore wetlands and wildlife in this unique workshop offered by the PA Game Commission and the Bureau of State Parks. Wetlands play an essential part in the lives of numerous species of wildlife, including humans. During this workshop we’ll take a look at the characteristics and role of wetlands in our ecosystem, as well as how plants and animals have adapted to wetland life. Participants will receive the Wonders of Wetlands and Project WILD guides as well as additional background information and tips.

  • Date of Workshop: 4/16-17/15
  • Workshop Title: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training
  • Workshop times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Workshop Location: Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg, PA
  • Workshop Fee: Free!
  • # of Act 48 hours offered: 0
  • Targeted grade levels: high school, university, resource professionals
  • How to register: Dale Luthringer, EES, dluthringe@pa.gov
  • Registration deadline: 4/7/15

Cook Forest State Park, in conjunction with the Native Tree Society (NTS), American Forests (AF) and Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), will host a two-day Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop to the public and forest resource professionals focusing on learning the latest and most accurate methods of measuring big, tall, and noteworthy trees of Cook Forest and the Eastern United States. April 16th will be a general workshop for those wanting to learn how to measure trees using advanced equipment and methods. The workshop will include a morning lecture and afternoon exercises in the field. Members from the Native Tree Society and American Forests will be available to conduct the lecture and field events.  

April 17th will be for people who wish to continue and become American Forests National Cadre members. The National Cadre consists of people who have advanced tree-measuring skills.