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Excellent Educators

The ENC’s Excellent Educators series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons and evenings of learning exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature. Everyone is invited! Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways to teach about gross creepy crawlies! The ENC staff will make some science connections to bugs, dirt, & poop that you can take back to the classroom and share with your students.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! More info and register HERE.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways to teach about Native Americans! The ENC staff will make some cross-curricular connections that you can take back to the classroom and share with your students.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! More info and register HERE.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways to teach about weather! The ENC staff will give you some great ideas for teaching outdoors in Winter when the days are short & wet!

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! Info and registration HERE.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can give back – just in time for the Holidays! The ENC staff will give you some great ideas for incorporating service learning into your science curriculum. Take them back to your classroom and do some good!

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! Info and registration HERE.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn your Animal ABC’s!

The ENC staff will give you some great ideas for incorporating innovative ways to use animals in your curriculum. Take them back to your classroom! Registration and info HERE.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about your own backyard!

The ENC staff will give you some great ideas for incorporating our native plants, animals, & landscapes into your curricula! Go native back in your classroom! Registration and info HERE.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about butterflies!

The ENC staff will give you some great ideas for incorporating teachable moments – from egg to chrysalis – into your curricula!

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! Registration and info HERE.

On April 4th, come join the Environmental Nature Center and Population Education for an interactive, 2-hour professional development workshop. Presenter Helen de la Maza will help us understand global challenges and Teachers Night OUt campfiresustainable solutions through hands-on activities that utilize real world issues and data. Explore interdisciplinary learning strategies that challenge students to make meaningful associations between individuals, communities, and global issues, while building essential skills in social studies, geography, science, and math. Presented activities use role-playing, representational models, group problem-solving, and simulation games to explore the social and environmental impacts of human population growth.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!

Helen delaMaza

Helen delaMaza

Helen de la Maza’s bio:

Helen de la Maza is a part-time Science Specialist with the Irvine Unified School District and is also a part-time Lecturer at University of California, Irvine. She worked for the Orange County Department of Education’s Inside the Outdoors program for 9 years before venturing into self-employment in 2006.  She was also formerly a curriculum writer for a statewide project brought about by California’s Education and the Environment Initiative legislation. She is the Orange County California Regional Environmental Education Consortium (OC-CREEC) Region 9B Coordinator. Helen is a workshop facilitator for Population Education, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree. She received a double BA in Biological Sciences and Comparative Literature from UC Davis, an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, and from Concordia University a single subject teaching credential in Language Arts as well as in Life Sciences and an M.A. in Education.

The Share-a-thon celebrates the work you do and showcases how you have incorporated what you’ve learned from us into your classroom.  It’s an awesome way to brainstorm/get ideas and showcase our work.  To attend the share-a-thon, there is no cost for those teachers that attended two of more Teachers Night Out” events, so if thats YOU, please register as a member. Registration and info HERE.

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