KCEEI to present science courses for teachers

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Posted: 06/19/2013

KCEEILa Plume – The Keystone College Environmental Education Institute (KCEEI) will once again offer a series of environmental and science courses for educators and members of the community this summer.

KCEEI will conduct Geology of Northeast Pennsylvania for teachers of kindergarten through grade 12 from July 8-12. Forests and Society, for educators teaching children in kindergarten through grade 12, will be offered from July 8-12. Climate Change and the Energy Challenge, for teachers of grades 7-12, will be offered July 22-26. All courses are open to the public as well as teachers.

KCEEI participants can receive Act 48 credit hours, NEIU 19 continuing professional education credits, Keystone College credits or Wilkes University graduate credits. Due to additional funds received by KCEEI, the $300 registration fee for Forests and Society and Climate Change and the Energy Challenge have been waived for all participants.

Geology of Northeast Pennsylvania is a new hybrid field course designed for earth science teachers at all grade levels. The one-week course combines three days of online instruction with two days of field work throughout Northeast Pennsylvania led by Keystone geology professor Dr. Ian Saginor. Participants will be introduced to the tools used by a working geologist.

Forests and Society explores various aspects of forests to balance today’s needs with sustainability for future generations. Topics include tools of forestry, conservation history, tree identification, forest challenges and preservation. Field experiences will include site visits to Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Deer Park Lumber, Grey Towers National Historic Site, and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. 

Climate Change and the Energy Challenge helps participants understand natural trends in climate change throughout geologic history. Alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and natural gas will also be explored. Teachers will learn about sustainability practices that can be used in their own schools during the academic year.  

In addition to the week-long courses, KCEEI will offer a pair of two-day courses open to teachers for Act 48 credits and to the public.

Dragonfly and Damselfly Appreciation will be held July 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This course will instruct participants how to identify, catch and handle dragonflies and damselflies. Also, a course in Plant Identification will be offered to teachers and members of the public from August 7-8.    

For more information on KCEEI, contact Nora Dillon at (570) 945-8555.