Cross-curricular and Interdisciplinary PD

Cross-curricular and interdisciplinary are big buzzwords in education today. We teachers are looking to incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and social studies into lessons daily. Duke Farms offers professional development to enrich all teachers in the areas of ecology, conservation, and nature to help them inspire learners in every classroom at every level. No matter your discipline and level, you will benefit from a visit to Duke Farms, where the mission is “to inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land.”

 

More than Just PD

This educator can honestly say after visiting, that she is, indeed, inspired! I stumbled on this excellent field trip destination when I registered for a professional development class they were offering on project based learning. Besides the benefit of the class (which was hands on, interactive, and EXCEPTIONAL), they gave us a tour of the farms, and put us up for the night in a cottage. We were able to get an after-hours experience that included some ghost stories, nature observations, “green” techniques, and a lot of laughing.

 

Duke Farms boasts 18 miles of hiking and biking trails with free entry. They also provide many classroom resources at their visitor center, host a community garden, maintain lush greenhouses, manage an online viewable eagle cam, and offer incredible, multidisciplinary (low cost) professional development classes for teachers year round. Check out their low cost summer presentations!

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MIGRATORY BIRD AND GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

A Duke Farms Ecological Stewardship Manager is offering a behind-the-scenes review of the ongoing grassland management and migratory bird research at Duke Farms. Get your walking shoes on!

Who can apply: all teachers

Where:  Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Dates:June 22, 8:30AM-11:30PM

Price:$5

Registration:MB&GMregistration

 

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MOTHS AS BIOINDICATORS

Join moth expert Blaine Rothauser of GZA Environmental for this special citizen science event. After a brief introduction to the concept of moths as biological indicators, moths attracted to a special sodium vapor light will provide a spectacular exhibition of variety, color, shape, form and function.

Where:  Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Dates:July 27, 8:00AM-11:00PM

Price:$5

Registration:Mothregistration

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PREPPING FOR A GROUP TRIP TO DUKE FARMS

A day of Planning and Preparation for Teachers and Group Leaders: this workshop is for those who have been thinking about organizing a group trip for your school or organization to Duke Farms.

Where:  Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Dates:August 15, 8:30AM-3:00 PM

Price:$10 light breakfast and lunch included

Registration:DukeFarmpreopregistration

 

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MIGRATION & THE SCIENCE OF BIRD BANDING

Join Duke Farms Volunteer Manager, Clifford Berek and a dedicated team of volunteers for this hands-on bird banding experience.

Where:  Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Dates:August 17, 8:00-9:30AM

Price:$5

Registration:Birdbandingregistration

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BATS OF NEW JERSEY

Did you ever wonder what bats look like close up? Have you ever observed their behaviors or taken the time to watch their incredible echolocation in action? Bats have a reputation as being spooky or even fearsome, but they are actually some of the most amazing and beneficial animals to people. Learn all about these fascinating flying mammals from NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist, MacKenzie Hall, and watch for bats over the meadows at nightfall with the help of an acoustic bat detector.

Where:  Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Dates:August 23, 7:00-9:30 PM

Price:$5

Registration:batregistration

 

Jessica Cicalese Kurtz is a veteran middle school engineering and science teacher at Toms River Schools. She has experience as a curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and is a regular contributor to NJ-teachers.com.

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