Workshop Descriptions

Orientation to Educational Opportunities introduces the many educational experiences available free of charge to school groups from kindergarten through high school touring the Aquarium.

Learn how to interpret the galleries for your students and discover the many programs available for students and teachers. All Aquarium offerings are cross-referenced to applicable science guidelines in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee as well as national science standards. A minimum of 5 participants is required for the orientation program, which can be up to two hours in length (plus the optional IMAX film).

Project Learning Tree 
Project Learning Tree is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education program emphasizing forest habitats that incorporates hands-on learning for in and out of the classroom. Appropriate for all grade levels, the class must be six hours in length and have a minimum of 15 participants. Participants receive the Project Learning Tree (PLT) book with dozens of exciting activities ready for use. PLT is a nationally recognized program sponsored in Tennessee by the Tennessee Forestry Association and is cross-referenced to state curriculum guidelines. State agencies or organizations in Alabama and Georgia also sponsor the program.

Project WET
Project WET is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education program focusing 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. Appropriate for all grade levels, the class must be six hours in length and have a minimum of 15 participants. Participants receive the Project WET book with dozens of exciting activities ready for use. Project WET is a new, nationally recognized program sponsored by Austin Peay State University in Tennessee and state agencies in Alabama and Georgia.

Project WILD 
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education program emphasizing wildlife and habitats that incorporates hands-on learning for in and out of the classroom. Appropriate for all grade levels, the class must be six hours in length and have a minimum of 15 participants. Participants receive the Project WILD (PW) book with dozens of exciting activities ready for use. PW is a nationally recognized program sponsored by state agencies in Alabama and Georgia and is cross-referenced to state curriculum guidelines. In Tennessee, the Tennessee Conservation League sponsors PW.

Project WILD Aquatic 
Project WILD Aquatic is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education program emphasizing aquatic wildlife and habitats that incorporates hands-on learning for in and out of the classroom. Appropriate for all grade levels, the class must be three hours in length and have a minimum of 15 participants. Participants receive the Project WILD Aquatic (PWA) book with dozens of exciting activities ready for use. PWA is a nationally recognized program sponsored by state agencies in Alabama and Georgia and is cross-referenced to state curriculum guidelines. In Tennessee, the Tennessee Conservation League sponsors PWA.

Science with a Splash/ Habitat Studies
Explore a variety of aquatic habitats OUTDOORS -- pond, stream and marsh or other habitats that relate specifically to the Aquarium's vision of “inspiring wonder and appreciation for the natural world." A minimum of 10 participants is required for the class, which can be a half or full day in length. Special emphasis is placed on developing the skills required for conducting chemical and biological tests of aquatic ecosystems and assessing biodiversity in a variety of habitats. Yes, we collect critters (in a safe manner) and all equipment is provided. Classes ideally would be conducted at field locations that schools would be able to use on a continuing basis. Sufficient lead time is necessary so we can prepare the lesson and adapt it to the site you pick for the class.

Environmental Education across the Curriculum
Experience learning in a whole new way while obtaining graduate credit. Environmental Education Across the Curriculum (EDU 530) is offered as a graduate-level course through Alabama A&M University for elementary, middle and junior high teachers. The class provides teachers with hands-on, inquiry-based activities while investigating a variety of habitats and honing outdoor teaching skills/techniques. No more than 30 teachers can register for the class. The class lasts seven days and includes a residential component stressing cooperative learning. An individual project is due two weeks after the class session.

Schoolyard Ecosystems and Middle School Science
Getting students out of the indoor classroom and into the outdoor classroom can be challenging. In this class we explore ways to use inquiry-based and hands-on learning right in your own schoolyard. Sampling, classifying and experimenting are only some of the skills acquired while investigating your schoolyard ecosystem. The class can be a half or full day in length and will be held at your school. A minimum of 10 teachers is required. An added bonus is your very own copy of Schoolyard Ecosystems and Middle School Science, courtesy of the Toyota USA Foundation, the project's sponsor.
 

For additional information about these workshops/in-services, e-mail George Bartnik or call (800) 262-0695, ext. 4049.