MetroWest Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Landscapes for Learning: A Natural Confluence of Science, Literacy, Mathematics and Place-Based Pedagogy

Communities and their landscapes — whether forests, farms, or streetscapes — provide context for the study of ecology, history, culture, and society.  In a region that inspired revolutionary ideas, learn to “read” the New England landscape, collect data from local forests and ponds, explore landscapes that have inspired a confluence of science and ideas for centuries, and learn effective strategies for using nature journals, science notebooks and other literacy tools in your classroom. Spend a day exploring the diverse landscapes of Walden Woods with the Walden Woods Project. You will use Thoreau as your guide to learn about local habitats and the intersection of Walden Woods’ natural and social history. In historic Concord, practice a series of inquiry-based activities using artifacts and the evolution of the town’s center with the Concord Museum. At Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, explore how geography, the environment, and climate influenced and shaped the daily lives of people in the region for thousands of years to present day.  Bridge your school and community by designing inquiry-based learning that connects students in meaningful ways to their local environment. Collaborate with colleagues from across the region as you discover engaging methods to engage with landscapes, past and present, while building skills in observation and evidence-based reasoning.  

Partners: Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Lead Institution), Concord Museum, The Walden Woods Project
Dates: July 9-13 (8:30 am-3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 9 (9:00 am-1:00 pm); Half Day Fall Call-back November 17 (9:00 am-1:00 pm)
Registration Cost: $400/participant ($375/participant if attending in team of 2 teachers from your school district; $350/participant if attending in team of 3+ teachers from your school district)
Optional Graduate Credit and PDPs: Framingham State University ($225; 3 graduate credits, 67.5 PDPs); Fitchburg State University ($285; 3 graduate credits, 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

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Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

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Concord Museum


The Walden Woods Project