ENC Naturalists are available to present lectures or hands-on workshops for any audience of educators, including classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator. We can come to you (mileage fees apply) or you can bring your group to the Nature Center! Select the links below to view details about each program. Additional adult Traveling Naturalist programs are listed HERE. Additional on site adult programs are listed HERE. To book a Traveling Naturalist call 949-645-8489 or email Mindy.
Mileage: No mileage fee will be charged for locations within 10 miles of the ENC. A $1.00 per mile fee (round trip) will be charged to locations beyond 10 miles with a minimum charge of $35.
Project WET is a Water-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing how water issues affect wildlife and our communities because of its intrinsic value, Project WET promotes awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of water resources. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Sama Wareh will show you several hands-on activities to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment. All attendees receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. You cannot get the book without taking the workshop! $100/workshop.
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Sama Wareh will show you several hands-on activities to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment. All attendees receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, Civic and Science Guide, Project Wild Aquatic Guide, and Growing Up Wild Guide. You cannot get the book without taking the workshop! $100/workshop.
Project Learning Tree® is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in Pre K-grade 12. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad. PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence. The Elementary school curriculum (pre K-8) takes an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning and contains more than 90 different lesson plans. In addition to teaching about science, trees, and forestry, PLT can be used to teach language arts, social studies, nutrition, mathematics, visual arts, and more. Our Director of Communications Lori Whalen will show you several hands-on activities to bring the environment into the classroom and your students into the environment. Topics range from forests, wildlife, and water, to community planning, waste management and energy. $100/workshop.
2 hours. Forget the lectures, copious note taking and monotone teachers. Welcome to the Mad Science world of explosions and slime! Through hands on experiments, your students will make meaningful connections with the magic of science that exists in the world around them. We will demonstrate with flair some quick and easy, but exciting science experiments to help your students learn about molecules, pH, free radicals, pressure and more using items you can find at home! If you are excited about learning about science, your students will be too! $100/workshop.
2 hours. How do we get our lessons into students’ heads while maintaining excitement and keeping everyone engaged? Come learn or brush up on group management techniques. Utilize your time and stage as a good presenter and exercise positive reinforcement for the classroom or outdoor classroom. Listening is key to learning, as is teaching in a way that gets students excited to listen and participate. Topics covered will include: positive reinforcement (the technique and method), working the crowd, Say, See, Do Teaching, engaging the students, keeping the novelty and listening. $100/workshop.
2 hours. This workshop is designed for the teacher, Scout leader, or curious explorer that is interested in learning techniques to help children unleash their creativity! When is it appropriate to tell them to stay in the lines and when is it not? How do you show someone else how to draw? This workshop will cover the basics. Learn ways to use patterns from nature to sharpen your students’ observation skills. Tuition: $13/adult ($200 minimum).
Staff Development and Team Building is a key factor to a healthy school. Our Traveling Naturalist will come to your school to provide a fun 1.5 hour Team Building and Professional Development for your staff. Choose 3 of the following 25 minute activities to build your own customized Professional Development and Staff Team Building all in one for your Educators: Primitive Fire Making, Build a Bridge Team Builder, NGSS Upcycled Engineering, The Magic of Positive Reinforcement, Group Management Strategies, Easy ways to include art into everything, Mad Science Madness, Population Growth Team Builder, The Art of Storytelling, Easy Games to teach with or Improv Comedy for Teaching. $10 per teacher plus mileage. 15 Teacher minimum fee to run the program.
1 hour: 45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes for questions. As of October 2008, the California Department of Fish and Game listed 158 animals and 156 plants as threatened or endangered. While many are familiar with the plight of ‘celebrity’ species like the Giant Panda, Polar Bear, and Mountain Gorilla, few are aware that there are several species right here in Orange County that need our help. Learn about local endangered animals – why they are endangered and what we can do to protect our wildland neighbors. $100/presentation.
1 hour: 45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes for questions. With water shortages nationwide and around the globe, water conservation is becoming a bigger issue than ever before. An ENC Naturalist will delve into the world of water—from the big picture to what is happening right here in Orange County. This presentation highlights water cycles, watersheds, water sampling, water rights, indoor and outdoor conservation and interesting facts and trivia about the amounts of water that go into production. $100/presentation.
45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes for questions. The CLIMATE REALITY presentation helps us understand our roles as humans in taking positive action for improving the way we interact and use our world’s resources. This presentation by Michael Winters, CEO of Water Solutions For Life, stimulates action-oriented dialog to empower real, local action.Droughts, floods, heat waves, insect outbreaks, wildfires, and sea level rise – we are encountering the reality of our changing climate every day. This latest presentation developed by Al Gore and the Climate Reality project highlight the extreme weather events of the past couple years and connects their increased frequency and intensity to anthropogenic climate change. The majority of the worlds’ scientists agree that burning of fossil fuels is changing the climate. There are those who would like to plant the seed of doubt about this reality. This new presentation will use scientific data to debunk the myths and misinformation being presented. Solutions are the final piece of the presentation; hopefully leaving everybody with the hope and inspiration that together we can turn the situation around and leave a better planet for future generations. Assemblies, $285/1st assembly (up to 150 students) $100 for each assembly thereafter on the same day.