Teacher workshop

Teacher Workshops

Teachers can take advantage of the many workshops and in-service opportunities available through the Tennessee Aquarium. Many of these classes can be hosted at the Aquarium or at your school. Additionally, classes can be tailored to fit your school in-service schedule.

Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children

April 11th, 2016     10 am - 4 pm

Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide. Attendees will be certified to teach the Growing up WILD workshop after taking this course. Attendees are NOT required to have taken the Growing Up WILD workshop previously to take this class. 

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Free Project WET Workshop

May 14th, 2016     9 am - 5 pm

What is Project WET?

WET stands for Water Education for Teachers. Project WET is an international, interdisciplinary, water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students. It focuses on innovative, water-related activities encompassing themes of water's physical and chemical characteristics, quantity and quality issues, aquatic wildlife, ecosystems, and management strategies. The activities promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Project WET is appropriate for all grade levels and is cross-referenced to state curriculum guidelines

In Tennessee, the mission of Project WET is to help teachers provide water education to their students with the goal of reducing nonpoint source pollution and improving water quality. Project WET is located in The Center of Excellence for Field Biology of Austin Peay State University. Thanks to a generous grant through the Project WET Tennessee, the Tennessee Aquarium is able to offer this workshop free of charge. Also offered are free parking and a complimentary lunch. In addition to the activity guides full of dozens of exciting activities ready for use, classroom-ready kits for some activities will also be provided. Workshop registration also includes admission to the Aquarium on the day of the workshop.

Questions? Call Julia Gregory at 423-785-4054 or email at jmg@tnaqua.org.

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There are no instructional fees for the following workshops/in-services. Depending on your state, there may be a materials charge. A transportation fee may also be assessed.  Workshops are scheduled periodically by the Aquarium, but we can schedule a workshop just for your group with a minimum of 10 participants. Homeschool and scout groups are also welcome to schedule a workshop.  Please email Carrie Howell Shaw at chs@tnaqua.org for more information. 

  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WET
  • Project WILD
  • Project WILD Aquatic

Teachers Visit Free on Teacher Appreciation Day!  

The next Teacher Appreciation Day will be in January, 2017.  Simply show your current teacher ID or pay stub at the Aquarium’s ticket center and you and a guest will receive admission to the Aquarium and IMAX Theater at no cost.  This will be a great opportunity to see first-hand what is available for your class during their next field trip.  Enjoy special programming, behind the scenes opportunities and register to win a free field trip for your class with bus reimbursement!