Are you a teacher, or do you know of a teacher, who would like to get students excited about place-based learning? Educators play a critical role in connecting young people to public lands and wild places, and Yellowstone National Park provides unparalleled opportunities to use the outdoors as a living classroom.
To help teachers draw from this wonderful source of learning and inspiration, Yellowstone National Park offers popular workshops specifically for educators, offered collaboratively by Yellowstone Forever and the National Park Service. These workshops are designed to aid teachers in discovering innovative ways to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into their classrooms.
The Yellowstone STEAM Teacher Workshop will take place two times this year Monday, June 27th, 2022, to Friday, July 1, 2022, and Sunday, July 24, 2022, to Thursday, July 28, 2022. In Yellowstone National Park, participants will learn how to use both traditional and innovative methods to incorporate art into STEM lessons for formal education students. Throughout the workshop, the group will explore new ideas and strategies while networking with other educators on best practices for cross-curricular design.
The first day will include an evening orientation with workshop staff. The following three days will be spent immersed in Yellowstone’s natural wonders, introducing hands-on activities that participants can use with students. Each day will include a mix of classroom lessons and field activities, followed by evening sessions with guest experts to further integrate art with STEM and give participants tools to engage a variety of learning styles in the classroom. The final morning will be devoted to discussing ways to incorporate Yellowstone STEAM into the classroom and creating individual action plans.
“Yellowstone National Park is the perfect backdrop and outdoor classroom for teachers to immerse themselves in experiential place-based learning,” said Amanda Hagerty, director of the Yellowstone Forever Institute “The information and skillsets gained through these workshops can be transformed across a variety of educational disciplines and locations.”
To participate in one of the STEAM Teacher Workshops, interested teachers must fill out an application. A registration fee, which includes meals and lodging, is required if selected to attend. Programs are based in Gardiner, Montana, at Yellowstone Forever’s Overlook Field Campus. Teacher workshop applications are due Friday, April 1, 2022, 11:59 MST, selected applicants will be notified by Friday, April 22, 2022 via email.
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