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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. Special theme: The Pine Barrens to Barnegat Bay.


18th Annual Life Science Field Training Institute
Special Theme: Pine Barrens and Barnegat Bay

Dates: June 24 to June 27, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily
Location: The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resources Education, Navajo Drive & 7th Street, Waretown, NJ 08758

The Life Science Field Training Institute of Pinelands Preservation Alliance announces a special teacher training opportunity focused on the newly established Barnegat Bay Curriculum Guide.

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

Join us for four days of field training for educators interested in developing outdoor lessons that focus on place-based curricula and community science initiatives. This week is dedicated to developing skills and activities that bridge the ecology and conservation of the Pine Barrens to that of Barnegat Bay. During the week we will highlight themes and resources from the various units of the Curriculum Guide as we introduce sampling methods and outdoor study protocols to enhance the skills and confidence of educators and, in turn, the educational experiences of their students. Whether building new programs, establishing new lab activities or seeking to study a specific ecology theme, this week will offer the tools and practice to strengthen your educational initiatives.

The program is for educators interested in developing hands-on projects, studies, field trips and community science projects. The program will use Barnegat Bay, the Pine Barrens and coastal ecology and conservation to discuss broad themes in teaching life sciences through field-based experiences and data collection.

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:

  • Coastal Forest Studies
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Water Quality and Monitoring
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Human Impacts on the Landscape
  • Estuarine Ecology

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, community science projects and interdisciplinary curricula for the high school environmental program. Ron directs the Drexel University Environmental Science Leadership Academy. For 20 years Ron has worked with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance on Pinelands education projects and since 2007 has led the Life Science Field Training Institute.

For more information:

Contact instructor Ron Smith with questions about the program and curriculum.  Ron can be reached via email at rsmith@haddonfield.k12.nj.us.

For questions about your registration contact Becky Free, Director of Communications and Membership at becky@pinelandsalliance.org.

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Registration is required to participate.  You will pay $50 to reserve your spot and that money will be refunded to you upon your successful completion of the program.

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