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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.

We all love California. Truly there is no better place to live, work and play. From Joshua Tree to the Redwoods and Big Sur to Half Dome… our natural beauty is unsurpassed.
Join us on September 27 to discover some new ways to connect your students to California’s wild wonders. ENC staff and guest speaker Michelle Tollett from Calflora will share some ideas for incorporating California’s state plants and animals into fun curriculum ideas. This workshop’s target audience is ECE and K-5 teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.
Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal of “California Cuisine” donated by our friends at Richard Jones PIT BBQ, and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!  Register here.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about ‘scary’ plants and animals – just in time for Halloween!

Many people – adults and children alike – fear ‘scary’ plants and animals, like poison oak, snakes, spiders, and insects.  But there are so many fun things we can learn from these valuable members of our ecosystem!  Join ENC staff and guest speaker Skie Bender from Wolf Haven as we learn how to engage students with ‘scary’ science.  This workshop’s target audience is middle school teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

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

Water is one of our most precious resources and is important to all of Earth’s living things.  Justin Finch from Mesa Water and Cindy Berglund from Rain Barrels Intl. will share valuable information and ideas for conveying the scarcity of water and how we can conserve it.  This workshop’s target audience is high school teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

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

The spread of plastic waste in our oceans has become a frightening problem, effecting people and fisheries globally.  Join ENC staff and guest speaker Anika Ballet of Algalita Marine Research Foundation as we explore curriculum ideas that brainstorm solutions to these plastic problems.  This workshop’s target audience is middle and high school teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

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

The world of food is full of science – from the way we engineer food to taste good to the way we grow food in places with little resources. Join ENC staff as we share and discuss lesson ideas that connect food to sustainability, science, and culture.  This workshop’s target audience is grades 4-8 teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

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

Here in southern California we experience many types of weather despite having temperate seasons – occasional rain, Santa Ana winds, dry heat, and lots of sun.  What can we learn by studying these weather patterns?  Join ENC staff for a fun evening of curriculum ideas related to the science of weather.  This workshop’s target audience is ECE and K-5 teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

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

Citizen Science is the intersection of science education and service learning – and a great way to engage your students outdoors.  Join ENC staff as we explore several Citizen Science resources that can transform the way your students experience science.  This workshop’s target audience is grades 4-8 teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

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

The trees, shrubs, and flowers native to California are often overlooked as resources for our butterfly gardens and landscaping, but replacing native plants with exotic species can have damaging consequences to our ecosystems.  Join ENC staff as we dive into the science behind supporting our native flora and share some curriculum ideas.  This workshop’s target audience is K-5 teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!  Register here.

The Share-a-thon is a fun Sunday brunch to celebrate all of our supporting educators from the Excellent Educators Series.  Our goal is to gather together any teachers who attended our workshops throughout the school year and get feedback on what ideas worked, what didn’t, and what they are planning to try in the future.  This is a fun gathering to celebrate YOUR hard work at trying to implement what you learned from the ENC.  Teachers will be expected to informally present, share photos, or bring examples of student work.

We’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some mimosas!  This event is FREE for ENC members and any teachers who have attended more than one Teacher’s Night Out workshop this year.  Register here.

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