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Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative

Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative


Workshops Schedule 2010-2011 Detroit & Pontiac Teachers PDF
Mentors PDF
Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative PDF
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2009-2010 Archive



Saturday, Dec. 4 – MEECS Ecosystems & Biodiversity (Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Detroit)

Saturday, Jan. 22 – Great Lakes in My World (Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Detroit)
Saturday, Feb. 12 – Hands-On Nature (optional Friday overnight at Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills)
Saturday, March 12 – Designing & Conducting Scientific Research with Students Outdoors (Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Detroit)
Saturday, March 26 – Gardening at School with Students (Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Detroit)    
Saturday, April 9 – Visits to Natural Areas in Detroit (Milliken State Park and Belle Isle , Detroit)  
Saturday, May 21 Detroit River  Discovery Cruise with Michigan Sea Grant (Elizabeth Park Marina, 202 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton, MI 48183)

Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative Kicks Off 2nd year

Looking for something positive and exciting?! The Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) in partnership with Michigan Technological University and the U.S Forest Service have kicked off a 2nd  year of the Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative with Detroit teachers!  The Initiative has received a $15,000 Challenge Cost Share Grant from the U.S. Forest Service for the 2010-2011 school year.

The goal of the Initiative is to increase urban teachers’ interest and skills in teaching environmental education, and to help their students become better stewards of the environment while meeting  curriculum benchmarks… and to have fun learning outdoors!

45 teachers from 26 Detroit schools will participate in Year 2. Teachers will receive:
Free registration to attend up to 7 environmental education workshops
May receive SB-CEUs or one Michigan Tech graduate credit (if all course requirements are met).
Environmental education activity guides and outdoor/classroom supplies
$150 stipend to take students on an outdoor field trip. 


How Teacher Participants Will Benefit:
1. Opportunity to attend up to 8 environmental education workshops.
2. May earn SB-CEUs ($10) at each workshop; or one graduate credit from Michigan Tech University (tuition paid by grant; no additional cost to you)
3.  Environmental education teaching supplies and activity guides.
4. Field trip stipend after attending minimum 3 workshops. ($150)
5. FREE one-year membership to Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education and opportunity to receive stipend to attend 2011 conference

 Program Requirements of Teacher Participants:
•  Attend two meetings of all program participants at Belle Isle Nature Zoo:

  1. 5:30-8 pm, Monday, Nov. 15 - Kick-Off Dinner Meeting at Belle Isle
  2. End of June: Wrap Up meeting with teacher participants

•  Attend minimum of THREE workshops
•  Write a lesson, a reflection paper, and complete evaluations.

Initiative participants must register for at least 3 workshops in order to participate and successfully complete the program.

For more information, contact these MAEOE Board Members:
(1)  Joan Chadde, Program Coordinator
Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Michigan Technological University
Phone: 906-487-3341              Email: jchadde@mtu.edu

(2) Mike Mansour, Director
Hawk Woods Nature Center
Phone:  248.370.9353             Email: Mmansour001@comcast.net

(3) Mike Reed, Manager
Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Phone:  313.852.4056             Email:  mreed@dzs.org

Sponsors and Funders
Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Michigan Technological University
USDA Forest Service 
Belle Isle Nature Zoo