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Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Teachers, we invite you to explore the unique outdoor classroom that is the Elkhorn Slough Reserve! Please join us at one of our Teacher Professional Development workshops and immerse yourself in the natural wonders that make up this unique West Coast estuary. Our Teachers on the Reserve Workshops (TOR) are a one-day workshop that introduces K-12 teachers to the trails, the Microscope Learning Lab, and the numerous activities and educational kits available for use at the Reserve or back in the classroom.

In addition, we now offer middle school and high school teachers Teachers on the Estuary Workshops (TOTE). These workshops introduce teachers to the research on the reserve through hands on data collection and monitoring with Reserve scientists.  It is an opportunity to get in the mud and experience the science first hand.  Lessons for the classroom will be explored and developed, and training on NOAA data access and use will be provided.


December 10-11, 2016
Elkhorn Slough Reserve GLOBE Workshop

A 2-day field and classroom workshop that focuses on developing lessons around hydrology, meteorology, and soil data. Teachers will leave with a personalized website for students to upload data. For middle and high school teachers only. A spring 2017 workshop will be offered for elementary school teachers.
Space is limited to the first 16 teachers who enroll, a waitlist will be kept.

For more information contact Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator,

The GLOBE Program
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995.

GLOBE Mission: To promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve, A GOLBE Program Site Partner
As a GLOBE Partner the Elkhorn Slough Reserve will act as an official GLOBE site offering teacher training on GLOBE protocols for data collection and data entry into the GLOBE database and by supporting teachers to ensure the sustainability of the growth of the GLOBE program.  Additionally, a weather station has been installed for student investigations as part of the K-12 field trips.

GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers.  GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put in a global perspective.

  • GLOBE's activities address scientific topics relating to the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere (soil), and vary in complexity, allowing them to fit into virtually any grade level curriculum.
  • GLOBE's elementary, or primary, science program provides an accessible platform for teaching hands-on science, inquiry, observation and data collection.
  • GLOBE's secondary program delves into practices of science including data analysis, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
  • GLOBE provides a springboard into research projects such as science fair projects, afterschool activities, and honors projects. It's also an excellent tool for engaging students not previously interested in science.
  • GLOBE materials are available in a range of languages, and the program makes more languages available to all as the community provides translations.

Teachers who attend a GLOBE workshop will receive training on data collection techniques that follow GLOBE for inquiry-based research to help students answer scientific research questions. Once teachers have attended a GLOBE training event, they are provided with the knowledge and tools to:

  •  Implement GLOBE protocols and learning activities in a classroom setting
  • Work with their students to collect environmental data observations
  • Report these observations to the GLOBE website via an assigned Sign In identification
  •  Access the GLOBE database to search for data from around the world and produce maps and time series plots.

Teacher Resources
A growing collection of resources and links for studying Elkhorn Slough and planning a successful field trip to the Reserve. Click here!

Environmental Education Resources Directory
We are part of a growing network of environmental education programs in the Monterey Bay Area that seek to support teachers in their efforts to give students the experiences and knowledge they need to become environmentally responsible citizens in our watersheds. To learn more about other programs and resources that are available click here.

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