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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.


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. Check out the 2020 Program Agenda.

14th Annual Life Science Field Training Institute – June 22 – 25, 2020

Program highlights include:

  • Studying fish in the Pinelands
  • Canoe trip and investigation of aquatic Pinelands habitats
  • Transects and vegetation analysis
  • Biodiversity and community ecology
  • Species area curves and population dynamics
  • Tour of the Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station
  • Merging field exercises with service projects
Fish Sampling at Pakim Pond
Studying fish in the Pinelands at Pakim Pond.

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.

A $50 deposit is required (fully refundable upon completion of the program). Click on the button to sign up. Questions? Call us at 609-859-8860.

Three (3) graduate credits through Rutgers University are also available. You must contact Rutgers University and pay the cost per credit. Please check the Rutgers website to learn more.

35 professional development credits are available to attendees.

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

PPA is pleased to have the support of the Bonazzi Foundation for the Promotion of Science Education for our education program.

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