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.

Environmental career panel - March 8, 2018

Learn about a variety of environmental careers from professionals working in both the nonprofit and business worlds. Gain insight into your future career as you hear panelists speak about the journey to his/her current position. See this event's listing on the Calvin calendar for more information.

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.

Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree Early Childhood - February 16, 2019

What is Growing Up WILD? Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program for 3-7 year olds that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature, and lifelong social and academic skills. Read more about Growing Up WILD and the curriculum.

What is Project Learning Tree Early Childhood? Project Learning Tree (PLT) Early Childhood is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities that uses trees and forests as a window on the world. The program is designed for educators working with youth ages 3-6. PLT's curriculum and activities help to increase students' awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place within it. Students learn to use critical and creative thinking skills, develop informed decisions on environmental issues, and gain confidence to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. Read more about PLT and the curriculum.

When: Saturday, February 16, at 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center
Facilitator: Jeanette Henderson, Ecosystem Preserve Program Manager
Cost: $10 for college students; $75 for the public (fee includes two curriculum books [a $60 value], certification, instruction, lunch, snacks, and workshop materials)
Bring: Enthusiasm, warm clothes/boots (we will go outside!), exact cash or check made payable to Calvin College
Registration: Pre-registration is required by February 14, as space is limited.

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