A part of the SERC Teacher Professional Development Program Collection
Environmental Science Summer Institute at Carleton College
Audience: High School AP Environmental Science Teachers; Middle School Teachers; High School Biology and Chemistry Teachers
What was the impetus for the program?
How is the program structured?
Much of this workshop is field-based, incorporates inquiry-based investigations, and is approched from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Observe and discuss the different natural ecosystems at the Prairie, including the Big Woods and wetlands
- Observe, describe, and discuss soils across the Prairie, using published soils maps and descriptions, and examine the influences of topography, parent material, and vegetation on soil development
- Observe and discuss geologic history, vegetation patterns and vegetation history, including exotic and/or invasive plants, through demonstrations of techniques in vegetation sampling
- Observe and discuss human influence on these ecosystems, especially through agriculture and alteration of the hydrologic cycle
- Observe and discuss landscape conservation, preservation, restoration, remediation, and sustainability
- Observe and discuss the watershed as a natural unit of environmental science
- Demonstrate use of air photo interpretation to discern vegetation and land use patterns
Who is involved?
The Environmental Science Summer Institute is led by two Carleton College faculty members, Gary Wagenbach (from the Department of Biology) and Mary Savina (from the Department of Geology). The Summer Institute is organized by the Summer Academic Programs office at Carleton College.
In-service teachers from middle school through high school participate in the Environmental Science week-long workshop. Teachers of AP Environmental Science participate, as well as Biology and Chemistry teachers who wish to incorporate Environmental Science activities and learning opportunities into their curriculum.
References and Notes:
- Description of 2005 Environmental Science Workshop (Microsoft Word 25kB Mar29 06)
- Pre-workshop Survey for Participants (Microsoft Word 30kB Mar29 06)
- Syllabus for Environmental Science Workshop (Microsoft Word 58kB Mar29 06)