A FREE Professional Development Experience for 8th – 12th grade science teachers. 

Hands-on, real world, and STEM-based experiences will be emphasized – be prepared to get wet, sandy, and re-energized!

During this four day teacher institute, 8th -12th grade science teachers will explore and compare several unique coastal ecosystems through inquiry-based, hands-on activities, evaluating human impacts on these systems alongside scientists and expert environmental educators. Teachers will gain updated content knowledge and instructional resources designed to foster student learning of watershed science and stimulate awareness of actions that promote watershed stewardship. Content and activities are aligned with the NC Essential Standards for 8th Grade Science, Earth/Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science.

Participants will:

  • Actively participate in hands-on and STEM-based experiences in North Carolina’s coastal aquatic ecosystems.
  • Engage with a variety of outstanding environmental educators, researchers and scientists.
  • Gain knowledge about current watershed science, human impacts to coastal watersheds and strategies to protect watersheds.

Participants will receive:

  • A wealth of new ideas and instructional resources including curriculum-related materials.
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues in a relaxed professional development setting.
  • Excellent food and lodging at beautiful Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC.
  • CEU and Environmental Education Certification Credits.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Commit to the entire institute.
  • Share their experiences and mentor other teachers in your school or system.
  • Incorporate learned skills and experiences into lesson plans and teaching practice.
  • Participate in program evaluation.
  • Be in good physical condition. Activities will include hiking, walking, wading, etc., in potentially hot, humid conditions.

The Institute will begin at 11AM on Monday, July 8, 2019 and end by 2PM on Thursday, July 11th.
Lodging provided Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Meals provided from Monday lunch through Thursday lunch.

To Apply:

The application period is now closed.

Program Contacts:

Sarah Yelton
Environmental Education & Citizen Science Program Manager
sarah.yelton@unc.edu
(919) 966-0895

Megan Rodgers
Environmental Research Assistant
merodgers@unc.edu
(919) 966-7238


The institute is presented by the UNC Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science, with funding provided by the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP).