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.
River Teachers (Elementary School Teachers)
Monday-Thursday, June 24-27
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute is excited to offer our second summer camp for elementary school educators. River Teachers is a 4 day immersive professional development program designed to help elementary school teachers bring freshwater lessons to life. River Teachers will venture out in the field with our scientists to sample macroinvertebrates in a local stream, snorkel one of the Southeast’s most biodiverse rivers, and participate in STEAM activities. The week of aquatic adventures culminates with a teacher summit to create new lesson plans and develop innovative learning opportunities. Please note that we will spend a majority of the time outdoors in an active setting.
This 4 day workshop will be offered free of charge for current elementary school teachers. However, due to the limited number of spots available, we are requiring a $25 fee to hold your spot. Upon completion of the week, we will refund the $25 fee. If you register and cannot attend, please let us know by June 15th to receive a refund. This will allow those on the waitlist to register.
Due to grant funding, these workshops are for classroom teachers only. For more information, contact Hayley Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Teachers: Conasauga River Snorkel
Thursday, July 11
8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
K-12 School Teachers, join us for this fun workshop! River snorkeling is an excellent way to showcase the high biodiversity of the Southeast. In addition to snorkeling, we will provide a lesson plan to accompany this exciting field trip opportunity. The streams on the Cherokee National Forest have an extraordinarily diverse assemblage of fish. In the clear waters of the snorkeling sites, it is typical to see 15 to 20 species of fish on any given day. Freshwater drum as large as 6 pounds swim in schools in the deep pools; sporting fish, such as bass and bream, are seen in their natural habitats. Colorful darters and shiners may be seen spawning and feeding. Several thousand fish will be present on any given day. The experience is like swimming in an aquarium full of fish. Turtles, tadpoles and salamanders are also usually present in the snorkeling hole.