Providing professional development opportunities for college students is at the heart of everything we do. As a college student, you can discover your new career at one of our environmental career panels, and gain environmental education certificates for your resume.

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Environmental Ed. Certification

Discover your path! Connect and engage with experienced professionals working in a variety of environmental fields at this informal networking event.

Environmental Career Networking Event - January 23, 2020

Stop by any time during the event to speak with professionals about their career experiences and how to succeed in various fields. Be sure to ask about volunteer, internship, and summer employment opportunities available at their organizations for you to gain experience.

Network with representatives from the following organizations:

When: Thursday, January 23 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Commons Annex 214
Cost: Free; no registration required

Sponsored by the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens and Calvin Career Center.
For more information, contact Jeanette Henderson.

College students majoring in early childhood, elementary education, secondary education, biology, geology/geography, recreation and/or international studies with interests in science education, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and/or interpretation are invited to attend our environmental education certification workshops.

The workshops will introduce you to national, award-winning, environmental curriculum such as Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree. These curriculum guides are 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.

Flying WILD - March 7, 2020


What is Flying WILD? Flying WILD is a program featuring 40+ lesson plans about birds and bird conservation. 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.

When: Saturday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center
Facilitator: Jeanette Henderson, Ecosystem Preserve Program Manager
Cost: $15 for college students (fee includes award winning activity guide, certification, instruction, lunch, snacks, and workshop materials)
Bring: Enthusiasm, warm clothes/boots (we will go outside!), exact cash or check made payable to Calvin University
Registration: Pre-registration is required by March 4, as space is limited.

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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