Educators who want to deepen their understanding of how rivers and watersheds work, and learn how to better teach this information to their students, are invited to a three-day seminar on the St. Croix River this June.
The Rivers Institute, presented by Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education, is free and open to all teachers, with a focus on elementary and middle school classroom teachers.
“Standards-informed Rivers Institutes are designed to increase teachers’ knowledge in water related content, enhance STEM-focused investigation skills, expand literacy skills, and help area educators translate professional experiences into meaningful, engaging classroom investigations for students,” the program’s website states.
Through full scholarships provided by philanthropic foundations, there is no cost for participants. Teachers can also receive continuing education and graduate-level credit.
The program will feature paddleboat tours, scientific observation and documentation and training in special curriculum. Topics will include flood plain forests, geology, macro-invertebrates, and engineering.
The St. Croix River Institute will be held from June 22 to 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locations will include William O’Brien and Interstate State Parks. Another program will be offered on the Mississippi River in July.
Visit the Rivers Institute website for more information or to apply for the program.