Earth Partnership for Schools Summer Institute

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Teacher Training
Course/Workshop
Higher Education
Abstract: 

About the Institute:
The Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) Summer Institute for Teachers provides participants with opportunities to learn about the cultural and natural history of the prairie through a variety of inter-disciplinary hands-on activities and field experiences. Teams become familiar with the EPS curriculum and create a school action plan for an ecological site restoration.

It is offered every other year and will be offered next in 2013.

The following priorities guide the Summer Institute:
Build ecological, cultural, and historical knowledge: Participants will be provided with opportunities to learn more about the ecological, cultural, and historical knowledge associated with the restoration process and school-wide use of that restoration as an outdoor laboratory. The prairie ecosystem and its restoration will be a focus of the Summer Institute.
Model a variety of teaching methods: Participants will gain an understanding of ecological restoration and project planning through interdisciplinary, hands-on, and inquiry-based teaching.
Provide participatory experiences: Participants will be provided interdiciplinary experiences so they will feel more confident and enthusiastic using a restoration for facilitating inquiry-based learning and scientific research with students.
Build community partnerships: Provide participants with opportunities explore collaborative strategies to strengthen school teams and gain additional community support for their restoration and curricular efforts.

Participants in the EPS Summer Institute will receive:

  • A comprehensive EPS curriculum guide Instruction & hands-on participation in EPS activities
  • Site visit to a restoration project
  • Partial room & board (breakfast, lunch, snacks & lodging)
  • 30 Continuing Education Units
  • 2 graduate credits offered through the University of Minnesota (optional additional cost)
  • Technical assistance and support including site-visits and a follow-up Winter Workshop Day
  • Topic Areas: 
    Education
    Prairies
    Teaching
    Target Audience: 
    Teachers
    Citizen and Youth Groups
    Adult
    Higher Education
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Southeast
    Fee: 
    No
    Library loan: 
    No
    Is training required?: 
    No
    Seasonal: 
    Yes
    Season: 
    Summer
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Sara Sturgis
    Eagle Bluff ELC
    28097 Goodview Drive
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    507.467.2437
    education@eagle-bluff.org