We’re excited to announce the exciting 2016 slate of our amazing educator workshops – now known as excursions! Below you’ll find information about each workshop as well as the application and deadline. Please be sure to read the entire application packet as some of the workshops can be considered strenuous.
BirdSleuth: Habitat Connections
March 18-20, 2016 – Cahaba Environmental Center
Join educators from the world-renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a three-day BirdSleuth teacher workshop hosted by Legacy and the Cahaba Environmental Center. Ideal for 4th-8th grade teachers, this fun, hands-on training will help you build your skills both in and out of the classroom. You’ll learn about citizen science, outdoor teaching, and bird migration and reproduction. You’ll develop the ideas, skills, and confidence to use citizen science and birds as teaching tools in your own school! Be inspired to connect your students to nature while visiting the Cahaba River, one of the most biodiverse rivers in the world. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Cahaba and the surrounding watershed, while learning experiential activities that you can take back to your classroom. Educators who complete the workshop receive a copy of the Habitat Connections curriculum kit.
Deadline: February 26, 2016
Mountains to the Gulf: Helping Teachers Make Connections
June 12-19, 2016 – Across the Great State of Alabama
Leading scientific experts will guide 20 educators throughout the state of Alabama, sharing their collective knowledge of the Waters, Geology, Flora and Fauna to show how all things are connected! Discover the unique geology of Alabama with Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks. Wade the streams of Alabama with Bill Deutsch, founder of Alabama Water Watch. Track the reintroduction of the federally threatened Eastern Indigo Snake in the Conecuh Forest with herpetologist, Jimmy Stiles. Presentations by Scot Duncan, Birmingham-Southern College professor and author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity. The journey will begin in northwest Alabama at Camp McDowell Environmental Center, then zig zag through the state on an educational adventure of a lifetime! Visit Mt Cheaha State Park – Alabama’s highest point, kayak the Coosa River, and search for fossils in south Alabama streams. The final destination will be Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where educators will visit the Gulf shoreline and waters and experience a trip in the Gulf aboard one of the new Dauphin Island Sea Lab research vessels.
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Southern Roots: Bringing Nature Arts and Culinary Arts to the Classroom
July 19-21, 2016 – Camp McDowell
Want to know how to bring arts and nature into your classroom? Want to get students excited about learning more about the environment and their connections to it? Let’s add an “A” to STEM and build some STEAM. Join the artists of the Alabama Folk School and the farmers of the McDowell Farm School for a three day festival of the arts at beautiful Camp McDowell! Come learn culinary arts prepared from local seasonal foods in the McDowell Teaching Kitchen and harvest blueberries and make jam. We will create masterpieces such as mosaics, journals from natural materials, and kudzu baskets. We will swim in Clear Creek and paddle boat McDowell’s lake. Come return to your Southern roots!
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Wings and Water
July 6-8, 2016 – Joe Wheeler State Park
Where better to explore the wonders of Alabama’s water resources than the 2,550-acres of Joe Wheeler State Park? Participants will enjoy an educational lake cruise on the 700-acre Wheeler Lake, observing the amazing flora and fauna that call Wheeler home. This water-intensive workshop will remind us all of the importance of Alabama’s varied water resources, not only to humans, but to the creatures that call them home. Be sure to bring your binoculars as Wheeler is listed as one of the top hot spots on the North Alabama Birding Trail and we’ll have expert birders on hand to teach you all about the species you encounter. The workshop includes a guided tour of Wheeler Dam and lots of hands-on water related activities.
Deadline: June 24, 2016
All Legacy excursions require a $100.00 non–refundable application fee for Non-Partners (a portion of this deposit will give the applicant a one year membership in Legacy’s Partnership Program) or a $75.00 non–refundable application fee for all Legacy Partners.
The Partnership Program allows environmentally aware individuals to assist us in providing balanced, fact-based environmental education programs and materials to citizens throughout our state. Remember your contribution to Legacy is tax deductible. As a Legacy Partner you will receive discounts on our annual partnership conference and the remaining Legacy workshops for that year.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion, professional development hours, and many FREE classroom materials.
- Lodging, meals, and materials for the excursions are provided. Legacy is not able to cover substitute teachers and travel expenses to and from the excursion location.
- Any K-12 educator currently teaching within the State of Alabama, any person about to or who has already graduated with an Education Degree, graduate students with an Education Degree or other environmental educators may apply to attend
- Contact Toni Bruner at 1-800-240-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Legacy excursions include activities that will be strenuous (e.g. hiking up steep hills in warm weather and canoeing.) If you have any medical problems that would prevent you from strenuous activity, it is advised that you do not attend these excursions.