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Lecture Series

 

 

DISCOVERY CENTER FIELD ACTIVITIES (3 Hour Programs)

  • Habitat Lap Sit – students work together in a big group to define habitat and discover the importance each habitat component.
  • Go Deer –students will simulate predator and prey interactions
  • Senses Hike - students will become more aware of the smells, shapes, textures, and sounds of nature on a short nature walk
  • Observing Form and Function – students will look for different shapes in nature
  • Exploring a Mini-Ecosystem – students will observe the types and numbers of plants and animals in one square meter.
  • Classifying Plants - students will collect leaves and sort them into groups (this will include avoidance techniques for poison oak).
  • Ants in Your Pants – students will observe ants and discover how they live, work, and communicate

 

FIELD-BASED PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC

  • Oak Forest Ecology (16 maximum)
    6 hour program
  • Marine Ecology of the Central California Coast.- Kayak Explorations (12 maximum)
  • 8 hour program
  • Marine Biology of the California Channel Islands - Snorkeling Exporations (16 maximum)
  • 2 day program
    • Field Ecology of the Sierra Nevada (Backpacking) (16 maximum)
    • 5 day program

     

    *To enroll in a field program please call for availability and costs.

     

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS (24 maximum - 1/2 day to 2 days)

    E = elementary M=middle school S=secondary

    Middle school math/science activities with CBL (Computer Based Laboratory)

    Designing and authoring educational WWW homepages for your science classroom (E,M,S)

    Using the Internet as a tool for science instruction (E,M,S)

    Using the Learning Cycle for conceptual understanding and problem solving in Science.(E,M,S)

    Concept mapping strategies for teaching and learning science (E,M,S)

    Use of National Curriculum materials for teaching science (E,M,S)

    Grant writing for science and mathematics.(E,M,S)

    Hot air balloons (E, M)

    Project Wild (E,M,S)

    Genetics (E)

    Density (E)

    Cell cycles (E)

    Biomass and Energy (E,M)

    Discrepant Events (E,M,S)

    Research strategies for teachers (E,M,S)


    Each workshop provides a wealth of teaching resources, laboratory activities, and teaching strategies that participants can immediately use in their classrooms to excite, motivate, and enhance student's learning. All activities are referenced to National Teaching Standards.

    The hands-on minds-on workshops present an exciting arena for teachers to network and share their knowledge and experiences.

    Cost of the workshop varies depending on student/teacher numbers, travel, and type of workshop.

    To schedule a workshop for your class or small group please call for availability

     

     

    Note: We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, creed, or ethnic background.

     

    PH: (805) 709-0579 FAX: (805) 546-3232

    EMAIL: info@institutefordiscovery.org

     

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