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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. Each spring we offer our Teachers on the Reserve (TOR) workshop; this one-day workshop introduces K-12 teachers to the trails, the Microscope Learning Lab and the numerous activities and educational kits available for use at the Reserve of back in the classroom.

In addition to TOR, in summer 2016 The Elkhorn Slough Reserve will offer a brand new workshop for middle school and high school teachers. The Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a two day workshop that introduces 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.

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve offers you and your students a rare opportunity to deepen your appreciation for estuaries, wetlands and watersheds. Please join us in the exploration!

Teachers on the Reserve - last held March 2016
This ONE day workshop will provide you with the background needed to lead a content and experientially rich field trip at Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Place:              Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, (in Monterey County),                            
Cost:                There is no charge for this workshop
                        One (1) CEU available through CSU Monterey Bay

One day – 8 hr. workshop that combines informative presentations with topical field activities. Teachers will be provided an opportunity to deepen their understanding of estuaries, wetlands, watersheds, and conservation issues such as coastal resiliency. Come experience life from the salt marsh and mudflats to the grasslands and oak woodlands and observe the plants and animals that depend upon these habitats. Elkhorn Slough Reserve Education staff will model grade appropriate, NGSS aligned activities.

After the course – Teachers who complete this workshop will be qualified to bring classes to the Reserve. They will have year round access to the trails, field research tools, and the microscope Learning Lab, as well as teaching kits for use at the Reserve and in their classroom. Workshop participants will receive background and activity materials. There is no charge for this class or for school fieldtrips.  
Download the Flyer with all the details (.pdf, 111KB)
Download the Workshop Application (.pdf, 22KB)

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) – June 20 & 21, 2016

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve is excited to bring this amazing training opportunity to area teachers in summer 2016. Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is grounded in research and field work and is based on a National Teacher Professional Development program supported by NOAA.

Application deadline was June 13, 2016.

This free 2-day workshop will provide:

  1. Hands-on field activities supporting the Estuaries 101 Curriculum
  2. In-depth information about estuaries and other coastal habitats
  3. A chance to work with coastal scientists and educators
  4. The opportunity to bring relevant data into your classroom

For more information about either of these workshops please contact:
Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator:, 831-728-2822.


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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