Environmental Inquiry Workshop

Event Date: 
6/27/2017 - 6/28/3017
Bar M Ranch - Adams, OR
Mike Weddle

The Diack Ecology Education Program and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School invite you to participate in a free science teacher training focused on field-based science inquiry .


This two day workshop will provide hands-on opportunities in the field as well as classroom time to develop curriculum tools and strategies that promote student-driven field-based science inquiry projects from kindergarten through high school.

Attending teachers can also apply for a $2,000 grant ($6000 if you work collaboratively with at least two other teachers) for classroom equipment and resources for field-based inquiry investigations from the Diack Ecology Education Program.

Participating teachers will receive a $100 stipend for attending.


 Field-based science inquiry with your students, from the first visit to the field site to final presentation of the investigation’s results.

 The opportunity to carry out an abridged science inquiry investigation using a variety of equipment, from smartphone mounted microscopes to drones.

 Curriculum integration - how to use this as an opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in the classroom to engaging and meaningful field-based projects.

 Logistical concerns - time, funding, safety and developing community partnerships. 

This training is sponsored by the Diack Ecology Education Program of the Oregon Science Teachers Association, the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS), a public charter school in Salem, Oregon, focusing on field-based environmental science and the Greater Oregon STEM Hub.

Workshop Leaders:

 Marie Carver is the JGEMS executive director. She teaches science, conservation biology and math. She directs the field-based research projects. http://jgems.net/

 Graham Dey has received several Diack grants for his students at Sprague High School in Salem. He is a master at inspiring his students to develop innovative field-based research projects.

 Mike Weddle is a retired JGEMS teacher and one of the founders of the school. He still leads research groups for JGEMS and also works with the Diack Ecology Education Program. www.diack-ecology.org/

 Coleen McDaniel from Vernier Software and Technology will demonstrate the use of various Vernier products like the LabQuest and digital probes that are ideal for data collecting in the field. http://www.vernier.com/

Lodging and meals at the Bar M Ranch will be provided. www.barmranch.com

For more information and to register, contact Mike Weddle at mkweddle@comcast.net

**This training is being offered by an outside organization.  Please contact Mike Weddle with questions**

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