NOTE: This Educator Workshop is intended specifically for educators — not the general public.
Hosted by Grandfather Mountain Education Specialist Cassie Petrilla and Interpretation & Education Programs Manager Lauren Farrell, BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning and Expertise Sharing) provides learning resources devoted to improving the quality of outdoor science education for field instructors, leaders and classroom teachers. The BEETLES learning sessions encourage educators to look at specific aspects of research-based science pedagogy and inspire deeper thought about individuals’ teaching and learning.
Join Petrilla and Farrell at Grandfather Mountain to discuss two of the BEETLES professional learning session, “Making Observations” and “Questioning Strategies,” and explore how to help students develop observational skills by encouraging curiosity and wonder, as well as how to use questions to encourage student exploration and discourse.
NC EE Certification Credit: Criteria I, 6 hours and CEU credit are available.
This workshop is free to attend, although advance registration is required. Limited to 25 participants. Registration opens here June 26. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch, although there is a restaurant on site.
What to Bring?
Your time will be spent indoors and outdoors and all programs are held rain, snow or shine. You should be prepared for a variety of mountain weather conditions and temperatures. Appropriate clothing, equipment, and footwear are very important. Please bring a daypack with enough room to carry extra clothing (i.e., extra layers, rain gear), water, lunch, notepad/paper, pen/pencil, etc. Mildred’s Grill will be open and participants may purchase food from the restaurant for lunch if they prefer to do so.
Educational Experience Forms will be available for certification hours and Continuing Education Credit for the instructor to sign off on. Grandfather Mountain may also serve as Criteria III – Site visit hours, but these hours must be gained outside of the time that the workshop takes place (i.e., prior to or after the workshop). Staff will be available to sign off on these site visit forms.
If you cannot attend the educator workshop that you are registered for, please let us know five days in advance of the workshop if at all possible: call 828-733-2013 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
About Grandfather Mountain Educator Workshops
Grandfather Mountain’s Educator Workshop series invites educators to take advantage of the mountain’s classroom in the clouds. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun, while earning certification as an environmental educator in North Carolina. These programs offer credits with Criteria I, II and III programs. All workshops take place at Grandfather Mountain and may include some walking, so participants are encouraged to bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather. Learn more.