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Local Educators Participate in Teaching the Environment

16 teachers joined us from New York City and Westchester this year for our annual week-long Professional Development program, Teaching the Environment, that we run in conjunction with SLC’s Child Development Institute. Participants spent the whole week with us learning about topics such as birdwatching; compost; Hudson River Estuary biology and geography; using art and science in nature and the classroom; sustainability; and the power of observation. 

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Pictured above - teachers use hydrometers to test the salinity content of the Hudson River. 

We went on several field trips, including the New York Botanical Gardens, the Science Barge, and Buena Vista Community Gardens. Teachers spent time talking with each other and the presenters about some methods and techniques for bringing these topics into the classroom, and getting their students out of it. 

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Pictured above - one teacher uses a paint chip to match a color from nature. 

Special thanks are in order for all of our presenters, TTE alumni who returned to share their insight with this year’s participants, and Tricia Hanley and Kim Ferguson, SLC staff and faculty who helped to run the program.