The faculty and staff of Stella Niagara Education Park invited Mary Ronan and Kristen Rosenberg from Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center to present a workshop on Project Learning Tree for their first staff development day of the 2017-2018 school year. The workshop took place on Wednesday, August 30.
According to their website, Project Learning Tree is “an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. The curriculum materials provide the tools educators need to bring the environment into the classroom and their students out into their environment.”
“Teachers spent the day discovering new and exciting ways to present lessons in a wide variety of subject areas while making connections to nature and the outdoors,” said Coleen Edwards, SNEP Outdoor Education Coordinator. The goals of Project Learning Tree include providing students with an awareness and appreciation of environmental issues and enabling them to use the scientific process and higher order thinking skills to resolve environmental problems.
Outdoor education was integrated into the SNEP curriculum in 2015. The school strives to enrich the outdoor program by giving the faculty every opportunity to learn new and exciting ways in which to incorporate the outdoors into every subject area. Stella Niagara continues to partner with Reinstein Woods for educational materials, seminars and workshops.
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center is located in Depew, New York.