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The Nature Museum offers a variety of professional development ranging from content-based graduate credit courses to science inquiry and pedagogy workshops. All workshops are designed to help teachers deepen their science content knowledge and address STEM learning, NGSS, and Common Core Standards. For questions, please email teacherprograms@naturemuseum.org.

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Animal Adaptations and the Next Generation Science Standards

ENTICE Workshop
March 24, 2018 | 9am to 3pm

Animal adaptations are directly related to several of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Come to this workshop to learn the types of adaptations that animals in Illinois exhibit, how they are important for survival, how they can vary among individuals of the same species and how they can
be related to specific habitats and behaviors. We’ll provide you with activities and resources that are
relevant to the NGSS (K-LS1-1 , 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS2-2, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1) and will allow for easy incorporation into your classroom. Although targeted to grades kindergarten through four, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend but may need to adapt the information as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available.

Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program.

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Asian Carps: Activities for Middle School and High School Students to Support the Teaching of NGSS

ENTICE Workshop
September 15, 2018 | 9am to 3pm

Asian carps are nonnative fishes that have invaded the waterways of Illinois and many other states. These species are responsible for enormous economic, recreational and environmental impacts. At this workshop, we’ll provide an introduction to their life history as well as data to quantify their effects. Containment methods being used in Illinois to keep Asian carps out of Lake Michigan will be discussed. Student lessons relevant to Next Generation Science Standards MS-LS2-4 and HS-LS2-7 will be incorporated. Although targeted to middle school and high school educators, teachers of other grade levels are welcome to attend but may need to adapt the information as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available.

Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. 

Register by clicking the button below.

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Illinois Biodiversity 101

ENTICE Workshop
November 3, 2018 | 9am to 3pm

What is biodiversity? Does Illinois have much biodiversity? How are plants and animals adapted for survival in the four major habitat types in the state? Can some species live in all of these habitats?
We’ll answer these questions and provide much more information about aquatic, woodland, wetland and urban habitats and their inhabitants in this introduction to the natural resources of our state. Numerous supplemental educational items will be provided. Although targeted to educators of grades kindergarten and three, educators of other grade levels are welcome to register but may need to adapt the materials as appropriate. Professional Development Hours are available.

Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. 

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