Applications and registration for our 2019 program will open in late January 2019. If you would like to be notified when the application and registration opens add your name to our notification list! Tentative dates for our 2019 workshops are listed below.
Fall 2018 Wildwatch Kenya School Challenge: Congratulations to our high school winner, Steele Canyon High School (California) math class of Teacher Workshops Alum Joe Gelaro, with over 73,000 images processed! And congratulations to our middle school winner, Los Lunas Middle School (New Mexico) 8th grade gifted seminar class of Teacher Workshops Alum Amanda McCleary, with over 41,000 images processed!
Spring 2018 Wildwatch Kenya School Challenge: Congratulations to our winner, Waiakea High School (Hawai’i) AP Environmental Science class of Teacher Workshops Alum Whitney Aragaki, with over 85,000 images processed! Thank you!
Teacher Workshops Overview
Our professional development workshops for middle school and high school science teachers began with 12 participants in the summer of 2006. A dozen high school life science teachers from all over Southern California were invited to the Beckman Center for Conservation Research to experience a week in the life of a conservation scientist. The pilot program focused on the conservation history and recovery of the California condor, and was designed to bring topics of conservation science into local classrooms.
Over a decade later, we have built a nationally recognized and fully accredited program with a stellar reputation for giving teachers access to unparalleled information and experiences. To date, we have trained more than 1200 middle and high school science teachers and informal science educators from all 50 states and 20 countries. Participants spend their days in intensive study in the Conservation Education Lab and their evenings at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, engaging with staff members and acquiring invaluable new skills to take back to their home campuses. During the workshop, teachers work together to frame content standards in the context of wildlife conservation and explore ways to challenge students to apply textbook knowledge of life science to current biodiversity challenges. Participants engage in activities that focus on critical issues facing endangered species using a variety of advanced technical tools and techniques; all activities support the Next Generation Science Standards and can be implemented back in the classroom. Our grant-funded scholarships for this residential program include all meals and lodging, and a $500 stipend paid upon completion of the full program.
While our program started in 2006 with an audience of solely formal life science teachers, today we welcome applications from both informal and formal educators. For formal 6-12 educators, our emphasis is now on site teams of 2-3, with at least one science teacher “anchor”, and 1-2 non-science teachers interested in incorporating conservation in their subjects and engaging in cross-curricular projects centered on student action and wildlife conservation!
In 2018, we piloted workshops in three new locations: Hawai’i, Michigan, and Kenya. We are tentatively planning to deliver workshops in these locations again in 2019, but applicants for these workshops will be restricted to the immediate geographical area. As always, we welcome applicants from every state and country to our traditional workshops based out of San Diego. We also opened a registration option in 2018 for educators with access to professional development funds that can cover the cost of attending the workshop which will will continue in 2019. Educators who wish to register for the workshop and guarantee their spot will pay a $2000 fee which includes all of the same experiences and accomodations as applicants.
Program Time Commitment & Coursework
Accepted participants can expect to spend ~8 hours completing online assignments via Google Classroom prior to their in-person dates.
In-person dates include lodging, meals, conservation science modules, evening special experiences, and Safari Park exploration. A typical day starts with breakfast at 8am, and wraps up for personal time by 8pm.
Tentative 2019 Workshops (Funding Dependent)
Volcano, Hawai’i Island - June 4-7 - ONLY for Hawai’i Island teachers
Albion College, Michigan - June 24-27 - ONLY for Great Lakes area teachers
San Diego, California - Open to ALL applicants
July 29-August 1
Northern Kenya - Aug 26-29 - ONLY for Kenyan teachers
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