Professional Development

Tenafly Nature Center is a registered provider with the NJ Professional Development Provider Directory, and offers workshops to train Pre-K to High school teachers, scout leaders, pre-service teachers, camp counselors, and others who work with children to utilize various environmental education resources.  

Our New Jersey professional development provider number is #6959. 

Educators can register for a scheduled workshop (see below) or if you have 10 or more people interested in a workshop a TNC to Go training can be arranged for your group at a time and location convenient for you.

TNC to Go Training Pricing

A mileage charge of the current IRS rate per mile round trip is added to the program fee if the location is outside of Tenafly.
If your funds are limited inquire about a scholarship.
$20 per person
(10 people Minimum and 25 people Maximum)

Our staff can provide training workshops on many topics for teachers and group leaders with a particular focus (i.e. plants of New Jersey). Contact the Education Director via e-mail to discuss topic availability, check when the next workshop will be held, or schedule a workshop for your school/organization either here or at your location.

Our staff members are certified to facilitate the nationally recognized Environmental Education curricula displayed below.

Upcoming Professional Development

Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:00 AM • TNC Visitor Center
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 AM • TNC Visitor Center

Project WILD

A workshop designed to train educators of all grades in a curriculum of wildlife appreciation and fun, hands-on activities.  The activities assist students of all ages in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which life depends. These programs are conducted in cooperation with the National Project WILD office and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  

The curriculum is based on the premise that young people and their teachers have a vital interest in learning about the earth as home for people and wildlife. Project WILD can help prepare young people for decisions affecting people, wildlife and our environment. The Project WILD Activity Guide contains hands-on activities that teachers can use with their preK-12 students, and relevant background information for the teacher. The activities are engaging and educational. Some can be done in a classroom, while others are intended to be done in a schoolyard or other outdoor area.  

Activities are designed to be incorporated into most major subject areas, strengthening basic skills while teaching about wildlife.  Many of the activities can be used to meet NJ core curriculum standards. Project WILD is an award winning program, thoroughly tested and evaluated.

Flying WILD

A bird-based national education program targeted for upper elementary and middle school children that introduces educators and students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Educators are trained to use the 366 page in-depth curriculum guide filled with hands-on activities correlated to meet national science standards and emphasize cross-disciplinary approaches to learning.

Growing Up WILD

A program for exploring nature with children ages 3–7.  This program builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Participants will receive a full-color activity guide that includes age-appropriate crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.

Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Released in 2010, Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood is designed especially for educators and adults working with children ages 3-6.  Activities highlight the importance of kinetic learning and differentiated instruction, including opportunities to incorporate music and movement.  Whether you are a formal or informal educator, the guide includes background information on facilitating experiences for the early childhood learner, how to guide children in learning about nature both indoors and outdoors, and clear objectives and benchmarks to assess learning.  It also includes suggestions for activities that families and friends can conduct to enhance their child's learning experiences at home.  Correlated to national standards for preschool education by three major early childhood accreditation programs. All activities meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children criteria for curriculum, the North American Association for Environmental Education's Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence, and the Head Start's Child Outcomes Framework.

Project Learning Tree

An award-winning broad-based environmental education program that provides teachers with the tools to help students learn how to think, not what to think.  Incorporating a variety of learning styles while developing skills in critical and creative thinking, Project Learning Tree helps young people gain awareness of the environment and their place within it.  Whether you are a formal or informal educator, PLT activities will engage your students in interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that can help them develop skills in problem solving, evaluation and research. Participants will receive the PLT guide with over 100 lessons included that can be used to meet NJ core curriculum standards.

Project WET 

An award-winning water education program for educators and young people, grades K-12, that facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources. Through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids, and the establishment of an internationally sponsored program the mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. Participants will receive the Project WET curriculum and activity guide which features many hands-on activities and can be used to meet NJ core curriculum standards while educating children about water.

Upcoming events

Saturday, September 20, 2014 • TNC Trails
Sunday, November 02, 2014 3:00 PM • TNC Visitor Center
Monday, November 03, 2014 1:00 PM • TNC Visitor Center

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