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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.

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

This year’s Institute will be offered online!

Join us for virtual field lessons 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.

Yes, we will be online, but we will present each field method live and with videos to demonstrate each technique. Discussions and data analyses will take place via Google Classroom. Before the program begins, you will come to PPA for a tour of our facilities and habitats (if permitted) and pick up your field study supplies for the week.  These field supplies are yours to keep after the program thanks to funding from the Bonazzi Foundation for the Promotion of Science Education

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.

Our four days of instruction and exploration include:

  • Biodiversity Inventories in your Back Yard and/or Garden
  • Community Ecology Studies with Focus on Connecting Invertebrates and Plants
  • Population Ecology
  • Exploring Species Adaptations to Habitats
  • How to Quantify Backyard and Municipal Ecological Services with a focus on Climate Change
  • Sustainability in the Garden
  • Planning and Conducting Citizen Science Studies
  • Backyard Birding
  • Pine Barrens Ecology (with a canoe trip on the Batsto River if permitted)
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.


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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