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Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative


Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative

Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative
A partnership of Michigan Technological University, Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education &

Gardening with Students: Creating an Outdoor Classroom
9 am-3 pm, Saturday, March 26, 2011
Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Detroit, MI

                Presenter:          Sarah Halson, Greening of Detroit
                                                1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 
                                                Email : sarah@greeningofdetroit.com   Tel: 313-285-1244

                Cost:  No charge to Detroit and Pontiac school teachers. Includes lunch and one gardening book.
                Credit Options: 0.5 SB-CEU for today’s workshop or 1.0 graduate credit from Michigan Technological
                University if you are already registered.


                9:00-9:20 am      Introductions & Networking Opportunity

                9:20-10:00           What Is an Outdoor Classroom? 
Benefits of Outdoor Learning
Types of Outdoor Classrooms
                                                Curriculum Links

10:00                     Gardening at Belle Isle – divide into 3 groups and do some hands-on gardening!

  • Butterfly Garden
  • Wildflower Garden
  • Backyard Demonstration Garden

11:00                     Break

11:15                     Getting Started Working with Students, School & Community

  • Community Mapping, Cultural Connections, Habitat Connections
  • Getting past Threats          

                Noon                     Lunch    (provided)
12:45                     Teaching Across the Curriculum in your Outdoor Classroom

  • Resources
  • Idea sharing              

1:30                        Teachers meet by school group or grade to brainstorm how they can create or expand their                                                      school garden                                                                                  
                2:00 pm                Maintenance Needs & Challenges         
                2:45 pm                Evaluations & Closing