North Shore Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Investigating Ecosystems and Assessing Human Impact

How are humans helping or harming local habitats? Explore ways to investigate this question in your own schoolyard and in the world around you. Support your students’ active involvement in achieving a positive impact through citizen-science projects that will have them collecting real, local data that can be used by scientists. Learn about Long Term Ecological Research being conducted in Massachusetts that students can be a part of, such as the “Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming” investigations supported by Harvard Forest.

How can organisms help us assess the health of local ecosystems? Investigate bio-indicators of water and air quality such as macroinvertebrates and lichens. How can we ensure that our local habitats are healthy? Learn how your schoolyard can become a “Monarch Watch certified way-station”.

Participants will receive a copy of “Save Our Stream!” written by scientists involved in local research. Venture into the field with local scientists and use a variety of tools and techniques to collect, analyze and communicate field data. Learn how you can use data collection and analysis to engage your students and introduce them to scientific research. Discover resources available from Kestrel Education Adventures and Harvard Forest. Each day will be filled with field studies, “hands-on, minds-on” investigations and discussions aimed to highlight the resiliency of our local habitats.

Partners: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary (Lead Institution), Glen Urquhart School, Plum Island Ecosystems LTER
Dates: July 16-20 (8:30 am-3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 16 (8:30 am-12:30 pm); Half Day Fall Call-back November 3 (8:30 am-12:30 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 credits, 67.5 PDPs). Fitchburg State University ($285; 3 credits, 67.5 PDPs). 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

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Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary

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Glen Urquhart School


Plum Island Ecosystems LTER