Legacy is pleased to announce the 2014 Workshop Series. The series is designed to give educators the opportunity to experience the wonder of Alabama’s diverse environment all the while equipping them with the knowledge and resources to take their experiences back into the classroom.
From the Mountains to the Gulf
June 15-22, 2014 – A Journey Across the Great State of Alabama
Three leading scientific experts, Dr. Bill Deutsch (Alabama Water Watch and AU), Dr. George Cline (JSU), and Dan Spaulding (Anniston Museum of Natural History) will guide twenty teachers throughout the State of Alabama, sharing their collective knowledge of the waters, geology, and flora and fauna to help teachers make connections for their students back at home. The journey will begin in northwest Alabama at Camp McDowell Environmental Center, where Dr. Jim Lacefield (Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks) will introduce participants to Alabama geology. Then the trip will zigzag through the state on an educational adventure of a lifetime, visiting Little River Canyon, Mt. Cheaha State Park, Holloway Grist Mill, Fort Toulouse, even offering a chance to paddle the Coosa River. The final destination will be Dauphin Island Sea Lab where participants will visit the Gulf of Mexico shoreline and waters.
(This workshop requires a $150.00 non-refundable application fee for Legacy Partners or a $175.00 deposit for Non-Partners.)
Deadline: April 12, 2014 | Application Fee: $150 for Partners ($175 for Non-Partners)
Our ABCs: Alabama’s Biodiverse Coast FILLED
July 6-10, 2014 – Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island
Did you know that Alabama ranks 5th nationwide in biodiversity? Our coastal habitats not only support many of these species but also play critical roles in providing services to the hundreds of thousands of people who live in the area or depend on their resources. Participants will explore and learn more about Alabama’s coastal marshes, beaches, and bays, investigate applicable classroom activities, and learn from scientists studying these habitats. Join us at the Sea Lab for this 4-day workshop so you can help us teach others to understand and appreciate their environmental ABCs – Alabama’s Biodiverse Coast.
Deadline: June 13, 2014 | Application Fee: $50 for Partners ($75 for Non-Partners)
Arts and the Environment: Making Connections
July 28-31, 2014 – Desoto State Park, Fort Payne
Join us at Alabama’s Little River Canyon and Jacksonville State University’s Canyon Center, as we explore the cultural heritage of this southern leg of the Appalachian Mountains. Participants will paddle the tranquil Terrapin Creek, and experience hands-on art including pottery, blacksmithing, “found & natural art” techniques, watercolor, creative drama and more!
Deadline: July 3, 2014 | Application Fee: $50 for Partners ($75 for Non-Partners)
How Farms Work: A Hands-on Experience
September 5-7, 2014 – Camp McDowell Nauvoo
Join us for a first-hand look at a working farm as we explore its importance to our everyday lives. The Farm School at Camp McDowell plays host to this 3-day workshop focused on food, sustainability, and the surrounding ecosystem. Participants will learn about raised bed gardens and the methods for creating them in their own schools, the Dirt to Dinner activity will have educators harvesting and preparing their own meals, and participants will learn about composting and how to build their own composting bins. Come live, learn, and laugh on the farm with us and get a glimpse at farm life, animal care, and crop maintenance.
Deadline: August 18, 2014 | Application Fee: $50 for Partners ($75 for Non-Partners)
Down Under in North Alabama *
September 18-21, 2014 – Paint Rock Valley Lodge, Estill Fork
Join spelunking experts on an exciting adventure exploring caves and learn about the biodiversity of North Alabama’s karst topography from Alabama’s leading geologists. Find out how caves are formed and what creates the beautiful cave formations. During the cave explorations participants will see endangered aquatic cave life and bats. One exciting part of the workshop will be a visit to an Alabama State Park, Cathedral Caverns, where we will see the world’s largest cave opening, the world’s largest stalagmite and the world’s largest frozen waterfall. We will also investigate a few of the wild caves in northeast Alabama. Through classroom and field studies, we will explore content knowledge, teaching techniques, and classroom activities to help students learn about the wonders of caves.
Deadline: August 22, 2014 | Application Fee: $50 for Partners ($75 for Non-Partners)
*This is Legacy’s most physically demanding workshop. Participants will be exploring a wild cave which will require hiking, climbing, and in some cases crawling. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in this workshop, please contact the Legacy office.
All Legacy workshops require a $75.00 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 $50.00 non-refundable application fee for all Legacy Partners. The one exception is the “Mountains to the Gulf” workshop, which requires a $150.00 fee for Partners or a $175.00 fee for Non-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 workshops are provided. Legacy is not able to cover substitute teachers and travel expenses to and from the workshop 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.