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Dr. Harold Albers Teacher Ecology Camp 2016-17

2017 Dr. Harold Albers Teacher Ecology Camp June 6-16.

Time to register for 2017 Teacher Ecology Camp, go to the bottom of this page and download the form. Fill out the Word document. Email the form to Wanda Dean @ education@stpeteaudubon.org For more information, contact Wanda at the same email address.

TEC 2017

Teacher Ecology Camp 2015

Brian Lane & Jeanne Murphy, Sensing Nature, LLC

r. Albers and Judi Hopkins (behind) saying hello to camp partner and advisor Pinellas Schools Elementary Science Supervisor Julie Poth
 




Dr. Harold Albers and Judi Hopkins (behind) saying hello to camp partner and advisor Pinellas Schools Elementary Science Supervisor Julie Poth

Success that is the best way to describe the 7th Annual Teacher Ecology Camp. The plan was simple. Combine over 50 eager teachers wanting to increase their knowledge of Florida’s natural world, add energetic speakers and local scientist instructors, provide hands-on field trips to wonderful local environments, include numerous resource and reference materials, and the result is clear. As teachers increase their knowledge of our beloved natural resources, they are able to share their new knowledge not with a single student, but with a classroom of students, each and every year. Teachers know that the allure of nature extends beyond science discussions and if we do not encourage today’s youthful curiosity about our natural world, the voice of tomorrow’s environmental steward may be silent. Using nature to entice students into developing their own reading, writing, mathematical skills, and artistic expressions could be the key motivating factor in their knowledge journey. This could be why Camp attendees included math, science, language arts, and art teachers from seven local counties ranging from Sumter to Sarasota.

Dr. Gabe Vargo and great-horned owl giving the Bird of Prey presentation at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Dr. Gabe Vargo and Great Horned Owl giving the Bird of Prey presentation
at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

We all know that Audubon members across the globe share an inherent bond with our feathered friends, but if the habitats are gone or diminished, entire ecosystems with their dependent wildlife, including the birds, will suffer. That is why this year’s Camp consisted of four, 2-day workshops with topics on Florida ecology, estuary ecology, invasive plant and animal species, and cumulated with a fantastic climate change workshop.

 

Canoeing calm waters of Tampa Bay during Estuary Workshop
 

Seining for fish and inverts at Weedon Island Preserve during the Estuary Workshop
 
.Teachers taking invasive exotic plant ID hands-on quiz…hmmm, isn’t this growing at our school?

Teachers taking invasive exotic plant ID hands-on quiz…hmmm, isn’t this growing at our school?

 
Audubon Florida Chapters Coordinator, Jacqui Sulek, inspiring teachers during her attendance of the Climate Change Workshop

Audubon Florida Chapters Coordinator, Jacqui Sulek, inspiring teachers during her attendance of the Climate Change Workshop

Each workshop incorporated indoor and outdoor learning activities. About 60% of the teachers attended multiple workshops and many were welcomed as returning attendees from previous Camps. After attending the first week of Camp, one teacher completely changed her family’s vacation dates so that she could attend the following week’s workshops. Talk about motivated teachers! These teachers were willing to put in the effort and continue on their educational journeys and we are proud that the St. Petersburg Audubon Society and their partners are leading the way providing them this opportunity. We would like to thank the SPAS Education Committee, Board members, and the Camp partners for their work and dedication – Pinellas County  Schools, the Weedon Island & Brooker Creek Preserves, Dr. Gabe Vargo – SPAS & Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Birds of Prey, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Libby Carnahan – UF/IFAS Extension, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Cynthia Grizzle - Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas Regional Coordinator, Tessie Offner – FWC Non-native Wildlife Biologist, Dr. Tonya Clayton, Haley Burger – Eckerd College sustainability student, and Jeanne Murphy & Brian Lane – Sensing Nature, LLC.

Dave Kandz and teachers viewing Indian Shores nesting black skimmer colony

Dave Kandz and teachers viewing Indian Shores nesting Black Skimmer colony

Next year’s camp discussions and planning are already underway, so please help us continue this successful Teacher Ecology Camp tradition. Tell your teacher friends to save the dates June 14 – 24, 2016 for another great Florida experience!

SPAS TEC participants at Ft. De Soto


SPAS TEC participants at Ft. DeSoto

To participate in this year's camp, contact Wanda Dean at education@stpeteaudubon.org for more information.

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St. Petersburg Audubon Kandz, K,
Mar 22, 2017, 12:24 PM
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