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Professional Development Workshop - Flying WILD

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
  • Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens
  • $15 for college students; $60 for the public (fee includes award winning activity guide, certification, instruction, lunch, snacks, and workshop materials)

Join us for a workshop introducing you to Flying WILD, a national, award-winning curriculum about birds and bird conservation. This curriculum guide is used by formal teachers and other educators working with students in pre-K through 12th grade. Earn your certification to use the curriculum materials and guides in your future classrooms, recreation programs, environmental education programs, vacation Bible school classes, etc.

WHO should attend?
College students and professional educators interested in environmental education.

WHAT is Flying WILD?
Flying WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on birds. This standards-aligned resource contains 40+ integrated nature-based lessons that help educators build a bridge between the classroom and the outdoors for their students. Learn about and celebrate migratory birds through activities involving science, language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications. Flying WILD offers practical, hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences, connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. It provides activities that demonstrate how to help birds and their habitats, and even how to implement a bird festival at your school.

During the workshop: You will be introduced to the Flying WILD curriculum to become more familiar with the materials so that you will feel comfortable using it after the workshop to educate your future students. Learn how to teach others to identify birds and use binoculars along with tips and tricks for leading birding field trips. Discover more about great web based tools, apps, and citizen science projects that you can participate in and use. You will also meet and share ideas with other college students and professional educators with similar interests and learn more about the environment while expanding your teaching skills.

Read more about Flying WILD and the curriculum.

What should I BRING?
Enthusiasm, warm clothes/boots (we will go outside), and exact cash or check made payable to Calvin University

This workshop will be facilitated by Jeanette Henderson, Ecosystem Preserve Program Manager.

Student rate is underwritten by Steve & Kara Vanderpol, Calvin Alumni.
Flying WILD® is a program of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and sponsored in Michigan by the Department of Natural Resources.


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  • Bunker Interpretive Center
  • 1750 East Beltline Ave. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • 49546
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