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Teacher Workshops: Need Ceu's?

IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS 

Museum staff members provide training statewide for teachers of all subjects and grade levels - either in your school or at the Museum.

Workshops include internationally recognized environmental education programs like "Project WILD", "Project WET", "Growing UP WILD", and several more - with CEU credits available. 

These workshops are also excellent for informal educators such as scout, camp, and youth leaders!  

Registration for Spring Break March 14-18, 2022 Teacher Workshops will open in early 2022. Please see workshop details below the Museum Ambassador information on this page.

 

NEW: MUSEUM AMBASSADOR PROGRAM - 3 CEUs AVAILABLE PER SESSION

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NEW: Museum Ambassador Program - 3 CEUs available per session

The Museum Ambassador Program is a new and fun way to get CEUs! Museum Ambassadors receive in-depth STEM training from scientists and educators. You will go behind the scenes to learn all the museum has to offer. After participating in our hands-on activities, you will create your own to share with museum guests. This program offers 3 CEUs (30 contact hours). Some dates are required, but most allow flexibility that works with your schedule. 

 

Cost: $60 Program Fee paid online at registration, $30 for CEUs payable to Mississippi College after successful completion of the program.

 

Session 2: January 22-May 31, 2022 

 

You may register for one or both sessions. Register here.

 

 

 

SPRING 2022 – 30 CONTACT HOURS 

Required (12 hours): 

January 22, 2022, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Orientation 

April 2, 2022, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Naturefest 

 

Pick 1-2 (6 hours):  

March 5, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Fossil Road Show 

March 16, 2022, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Pollinator Day (2) 

May 21, 2022, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Born to be Wild (4) 

 

Free Choice (12 hours): 

As individual schedule allows, can be weekends or other evening events 

 

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SPRING BREAK 2022 TEACHER WORKSHOPS: MARCH 14-18

Registration will open in early 2022. Please check back here.

 

WORKSHOP TITLE: Get Your Game On

Monday, March 14, 2022
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

CEU VALUE: 0.6 CEUs from Mississippi College

COST: $25.00 non-refundable pre-registration fee; CEUs are free, sponsored by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation

DESCRIPTION:  Gaming has become a large part of student life outside the classroom. This workshop will help you take that enthusiasm and bring it to the classroom with the help of our temporary exhibit, Game Changers!  We will explore different ways to introduce and use gaming to engage students in activities which will increase student participation while increasing academic performance. 

 OF NOTE: Please bring your lunch and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather as we will be outside for some activities. Masks are recommended indoors.

Registration limit: 25

 

WORKSHOP TITLE:  Aquatic Wild

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

CEU VALUE: 0.6 CEUs from Mississippi College

COST: $25.00 non-refundable pre-registration fee; CEUs are free, sponsored by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation

DESCRIPTION:  Aquatic WILD is a K-12 curriculum that emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. It is designed to be an instructional resource for educators who want to introduce students to hands-on activities that are intended for both classroom and non-formal settings. Aquatic WILD has a new STEM component that allows educators to dive deeper into science, technology, engineering and mathematics content while developing an awareness for conservation efforts.

OF NOTE:  Please bring your lunch and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that can get a little wet. We will be on the museum’s trails for a few activities, weather permitting. Masks are recommended indoors.

Registration limit: 25

 

WORKSHOP TITLE: The Beez Needz: Pollinators in the Classroom

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

CEU VALUE: 0.6 CEUs from Mississippi College

COST: $25.00 non-refundable pre-registration fee; CEUs are free, sponsored by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation

DESCRIPTION: The Beez Needz: Pollinators in the Classroom provides educators with the information and materials they need to teach engaging, standards-based lessons and activities on the topic of pollination. This workshop aims to help teachers convey the ecological importance of pollinators and how they are connected to our food and environment. The Beez Needz: Pollinators in the Classroom occurs on Pollinator Day at the museum, an event which will be incorporated into the workshop and provide registrants with even more activities guaranteed to generate a buzz amongst your students. 

OF NOTE: Please bring your lunch and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather as we may be on the museum’s trails for a few activities. Masks are recommended indoors.

Registration limit: 25

 

WORKSHOP TITLE: Flying WILD: Born to Fly

Thursday, March 17, 2022
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 CEU VALUE: 0.6 CEUs from Mississippi College

COST: $25.00 non-refundable pre-registration fee; CEUs are free, sponsored by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation

DESCRIPTION: A collaboration of Flying Wild and Growing Up Wild, this workshop will target early childhood educators and introduce engaging interdisciplinary, standards-based activities that highlight the unique lives of birds. Throughout the workshop, educators will be introduced to hands-on resources and activities such as owl pellet dissection and nest building, aimed at helping students develop an understanding of birds’ unique physical characteristics and the role birds play in their ecosystems. This workshop is ideal for PreK-3rd grade educators and will have a strong emphasis on collaborative, project-based learning activities. 

OF NOTE:  Please bring your lunch and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather as we may be on the museum’s trails for a few activities. Masks are recommended indoors.

Registration limit: 25

 

WORKSHOP TITLE: WOW! Wonders of Wetlands: Aquatic Animals 

Friday, March 18, 2022

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 CEU VALUE: 0.6 CEUs from Mississippi College 

COST: $25.00 non-refundable pre-registration fee; CEUs are free, sponsored by Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation

DESCRIPTION: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. The workshop will introduce you to the three parameters of wetlands (vegetation, soils, hydrology), wetland functions and values as well as management options all through fun and engaging activities. WOW! incorporates wetlands into reading, math, social studies, art or physical education lessons. We will explore adaptations wetland animals use. 

OF NOTE:  Please bring your lunch and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather as we may be on the museum’s trails for a few activities. Masks are recommended indoors.

Registration limit: 25

 

 

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Teacher's Guide & School Planner Calendar

TEACHER'S GUIDE & INSERT
(click both links above to download the Teacher's Guide & the Insert with 2017 Standards )

Everything you need to know about field trips and museum resources in one convenient download.

School Planner Calendar 2019-2020 (click to download)

 

Downloads

Megalodon Activity Guide
Frogs Activity Sheet
Growing Up Wild Curriculum
Project WILD 2010 State Curriculum Correlations
MMNS Teacher Guide
School Planner Calendar 2019-2020

 

Scavenger Hunts
4th-6th grade scavenger hunt
4th-6th grade scavenger hunt key
7th-12th grade scavenger hunt
7th-12th grade scavenger hunt key
College level scavenger hunt
College level scavenger hunt key

 

 

More About Teacher Education Programs at the Museum

 

 

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Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife that is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance all subject and skill areas and by addressing the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. 

The program provides effective methods to teach problem-solving and decision making while teaching students how to think, not what to think. Materials include two activity guides for K-12 grade educators: the Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat, and the Project Wild Aquatic Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. 

Project WILD educational materials are provided to educators through practical,  interactive 6-hour workshops. Contact Project Wild Coordinator...

 

 

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Project WILD Aquatic is a conservation education program focused on aquatic wildlife and ecosystems for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD Aquatic capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in aquatic wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas. Contact Project Wild Aquatic Coordinator...

 


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Project WET  is a program similar to Project WILD but with its own curriculum and activity guide for kindergarten through twelfth grades. It is a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are hands-on, easy-to-use and fun! 

Activities incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole body movement, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects. People's relationships to water are a major theme of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. Providing a thorough water education program, the guide also addresses water's chemical and physical properties, quantity and quality issues, aquatic wildlife, ecosystems, and management strategies. 

Project WET activities promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills and help provide young people with the knowledge and experience they will need to make prudent decisions regarding water resource use. 

Project WET educational materials are provided to educators through 6-hour workshops. 
Contact Project WET Coordinator.

 

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Flying WILD introduces students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects. This workshop is for teachers that work with grades K-12. Contact Flying WILD Coordinator....

 

 

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Growing Up WILD features new activities designed to stimulate young children in new and exciting ways while connecting them to nature and many of its wonders. Growing Up WILD is a national early childhood initiative that builds literacy skills and environmental appreciation among early learners through participation in engaging wildlife-based educational activities. This workshop is suggested for teachers that work with ages 3-7. Click Here for details. Contact Growing Up WILD Coordinator... 

 

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