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Traveling Naturalist Teacher

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Are you looking for an engaging, hands-on workshop for your weekly faculty meeting?  Or are you wanting to offer your teachers a unique professional development experience on an in-service day?  The ENC will come to YOU with innovative techniques, fun curriculum ideas, and multi-disciplinary connections to the world around us.  All workshops connect to the unifying theme of nature and align with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Mini workshop: 75 minutes, $8/teacher, 20 teacher minimum.  3 hour workshop: $10/teacher, 20 teacher minimum.

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 $1.10 per mile fee (round trip) will be charged to locations beyond 10 miles with a minimum charge of $35.


This workshop will help teachers with the process of embedding connections to the natural world throughout their curriculum.  Nature is the perfect launch pad for cross-curricular connections and teachers should feel confidant in inspiring their students with wonder and curiosity about the world around us.  The workshop will provide ample ideas for hands-on activities, from building simple bird-feeders to collecting students’ compost.

This workshop will take teachers through a ‘day in the life of a naturalist’, where they learn the value of formulating questions about the world around us and making observations to help us find the answers.  The skills learned in this workshop are applicable to any subject area, as they tap into critical thinking and attention to detail.

This workshop will tap into an important part of the NGSS – using the engineering design process to engage students in critical thinking, team work, and creativity.  Teachers will practice using the steps of the engineering design process with upcycled materials.  We believe in re-using materials as often as possible in the classroom, which is an important message of sustainability.  Students and teachers alike will benefit from learning to think outside the box and being resourceful with classroom materials.

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. $10/teacher with a 20 minimum

Exotic plant species can have damaging consequences to our ecosystems. The trees, shrubs, and flowers native to California are often overlooked as resources for our butterfly gardens and landscaping.  Join ENC Assistant Director Lori Whalen to learn why natives are so awesome, then she’ll model some of her favorite plant related activities. Join us to DIG INTO the science behind supporting our native flora.  This workshop’s target audience is K-5 teachers, but we’re happy to present this workshop to teachers of any grade level. 2 hours. $10/teacher with a 20 minimum

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