St. Petersburg Audubon Society
th Annual Dr. Harold Albers Teacher Ecology Camp 5
Middle and High School Teachers
This Year St. Petersburg Audubon
Introduces the New Nature Series -“Making a Difference”
June 6/18 – 6/21, 2013
With workshop options
Component Points: 12 Points for each 2-day Workshop
24 Points for All 4 Days
Workshop A: 6/18 & 6/19
- “Citizen Science Initiatives”
- Citizen Science Programs
- Community & School Opportunities
- Data Collection & Methodology
- Greening Your School
- Water Quality & Human Impacts
Workshop B: 6/20 & 6/21 - “Florida Ecology’s Survival Strategies”
- Avian Adaptations in the 21st Century
- Tampa Bay’s Worst Invasives & Impacts
- Local Habitat Value to Migrating Species
- Migration & Trophic Energy Transfers
- Changing Shorelines & Natural Impacts
Workshop C: 6/18 - 6/21 - “Citizen Science Initiatives” + “Florida Ecology’s Survival Strategies”
For more information, please contact Wanda Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Albers Teacher Ecology Camp 2012
Petersburg Audubon hosted the 2012 Teacher Ecology Camp for private and public elementary and middle school teachers. The camps were 4 day sessions during June.
Click on the link below to view to experience the Dr. Harold Albers Teacher Ecology Camps.
Teacher Ecology Camp-1st Week video
Sensing Nature taught, organized the camps, and facilitated presenters. Their collaborative efforts and expertise, as well as the members of the SPAS education committee, produced an excellent curriculum.
Classroom topics included:
- Introduction to Florida Ecology and ecosystems
- Freshwater Estuarine, and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Adaptations
- Human Impacts and Conservation Efforts
Twenty two teachers attended; their experiences and newly-gained knowledge will enrich the lives of over 600 students in just the first year. We know, without a doubt, the teachers' enthusiasm (reflected on their evaluations) will spark the awareness of our little future environmentalists.
- Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and Ft. DeSoto Park
- Canoeing & Seining at Weedon Island Preserve
- Beach Nesting Bird Sites and Bird Rooftop Nesting Sites
Responses from the teachers’ evaluations were excellent! Some stated they wanted to attend an advance camp next year. The following are excerpts from an email sent by County Science Supervisor Julie Poth to the SPAS Board:
“I have received feedback from several teachers from each of the Audubon camps...each…has been nothing but positive. The most powerful impact I see from these elementary teachers is their desire to continue their professional growth in environmental education….A great thank you to the Audubon Society of St. Pete in their ability to be insightful and to take this risk in changing what they fund in teacher education in our district.”
We offer the Ecology Camps at no cost to teachers, funding the program partially through Chapter funds and partially from external grants.
In 2010, we expanded the program to reach even more teachers! And in 2011, we are hoping to extend the program around Florida by offering the Ecology Camps (customized to reflect your local environment) in conjunction with other Audubon chapters.
If you are a Pinellas County teacher interested in attending an
Ecology Camp, or your Chapter is interested in starting a local program, contact us for more information 2013.