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Arctic Plant Phenology - Learning through Engaged Science (APPLES)

A unique teacher professional development experience in Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

June 29th-July 1st, 2020

Deadline to apply: February 24th, 2020

Teachers will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with leading polar research scientists and science educators. This is a workshop primarily oriented to teachers of environmental and life sciences. You will spend 3 days at Fort Lewis College in Durango learning about the study of phenology, the seasonal dynamics of plants and animals, in the Arctic to understand ecological impacts of climate change.

Focusing on the 3-dimensions of NGSS, you will engage in inquiry-based activities that replicate approached used by scientists in investigating key environmental processes linked to species survival. With support from the APPLES team, you will develop a research project to implement with your students in 2020-2021 academic year. The classroom research project will incorporate concepts from the workshop, arctic data collected by Dr. Eric Post and students, and methodology and equipment used by researchers.