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Life Sciences Field Training Institute

A multi-day field science experience for educators to strengthen field-based investigations in their teaching and improve student performance.


15th Annual Institute take place June 28 – July 1st, 2021

Our plan is to return to in-person training this year! We will follow all CDC guidelines. Our studies during the week will be mostly outside and any indoor activity will take place in our spacious barn.

Fish Sampling at Pakim Pond
Studying fish in the Pinelands at Pakim Pond.

Join us for field studies and investigations that will enhance your curriculum, build your confidence teaching outside and have you join together with other educators from throughout the region to collaborate on designing activities that will enrich the experiences of your students.

We are proud to offer this annual training opportunity to educators. The only cost is a $50 registration fee that is refunded to you after successful completion of the course. We are able to do this thanks to funding from the Bonazzi Foundation for the Promotion of Science Education.

Our four days of instruction and exploration include:

  • Field Sampling Methods
  • Biodiversity Inventories
  • Community Ecology Studies with Focus on Connecting Invertebrates and Plants
  • Population Ecology
  • Exploring Species Adaptations to Habitats
  • How to Quantify Ecological Services with a focus on Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Planning and Conducting Citizen Science Studies
  • Backyard Birding
  • Pine Barrens Ecology (with a canoe trip on the Batsto River )

Program Instructor: Ron Smith

Ron Smith is the environmental education coordinator and environmental science teacher in the Haddonfield School district. Since 2000 he has developed field studies, citizen science projects and interdisciplinary curricula for the high school environmental program. He is a program director for National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Family Camp and directs the Drexel University Environmental Science Leadership Academy. For 15 years Ron has worked with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance on Pinelands education projects and since 2007 has led the Life Science Field Training Institute.

Register Today

The program is currently full as of June 3, 2021. Email Dr. Carlos Martinez Rivera, Director of Conservation Science for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, to be added to the waiting list. His email is carlos@pinelandsalliance.org.

PPA is pleased to have the support of the Bonazzi Foundation for the Promotion of Science Education for our education program. Questions? Call us at 609-859-8860.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of The Pine Barrens: Up Close & Natural Curriculum.

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