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.
There are two ways to participate
- Register for a scheduled workshop (see below)
- Scheduled a TNC to Go training If you have 10 or more people interested in a workshop at a time and location convenient to you.
Upcoming Professional Development Workshops
Our staff members are certified to facilitate the nationally recognized Environmental Education curricula displayed below.
- 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.
- WILD Aquatic
Aquatic Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide explores the wonderful world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports. Students learn about specially adapted wildlife that call our ponds, streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers and oceans home. The guide is full of activities that emphasize hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies with demonstrated classroom effectiveness. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Aquatic WILD activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.
- 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.
TNC to Go Training Workshop
Our staff can provide any of the above training workshops or one on a different topic (ex. plants of NJ) for teachers and group leaders at your location. Contact the Education Director via e-mail to discuss topic availability.
Fees: $20-$30 per person (10 people Minimum and 25 people Maximum)
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.
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