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PD Opportunity: Schoolyard Ecology Summer Institute for Educators 2024

12 Aug 2024 12:49 PM | Anonymous

Schoolyard Ecology Summer Institute for Educators 2024

 Have you been looking for ways to engage your students in authentic science practices that also brings them outside and engages them with climate science? Come join us this summer to train up on a Harvard Forest Schoolyard project. Our Schoolyard Ecology program is currently in its 20th year of helping teachers get their students outside and seeing how climate change is effecting their schoolyards.

Through our citizen science projects, we empower students and the adults who support them to use Science as a tool for building a relationship with the natural world, and to ultimately join the community of climate change problem solvers.

We support educators in building their student’s data literacy skills through free year-round professional development and coaching support.

Open to teachers of grades 2-12.

Register here:

Monday, August 12th: Project Training deep dives (choose 1)

  • Hemlock Wooley Adelgid Invasive Species Monitoring Study
  • Our Changing Forests Study
  • Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming Phenology Study

To learn more about each project, please visit our website:

Tuesday, August 13th: Dedrochronology!

Come learn from two educators in our Schoolyard Community what they learned this summer embedded in the Tree Ring Lab at Harvard Forest and get trained on their tool kit that they created to tell the stories of climate that our Northeast trees tell.

Cost: Free--if you are considering becoming a new educator collaborator sign up here and contact Katharine Hinkle to set up a time to talk about what is involved in being a Schoolyard Collaborator (

All workshops at the Fisher Museum, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA

9 am-3:30 pm 

Bring your own bagged lunch

Optional additional trail walks each day

Dress for spending time outside

Overnight accommodations available for folks traveling long distances

Reach out with questions to Katharine Hinkle (

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