Face to Face Professional Development Opportunities
Science Teacher Education, Environmental Education, Place-based Education
Listed below are great opportunities you may wish to take advantage of....if you know of others please contact me and I will add them to this list.
Carnegie Science Center - Various opportunities to gain valuable experience in science education.
Workshops - There are a wide variety of workshops.
Volunteers help in all departments of Carnegie Science Center. There are many opportunities at CSC. All volunteers must submit an application and go through our interview process for placement. We accept volunteers on a year round basis.
Internships are for students looking to fill course requirements or who want professional development experience in a particular area. Internships happen in the fall, spring, and summer. A minimum of 120 hours is required for an internship.
Additionally, the members of your organization may be interested in our Girls, Math, and Science Partnership, which was created to address issues regarding girls, their participation in science, and the expansion of their opportunities in and influence on the science and technology workforce. This partnership targets girls between the ages of 11-17.
If you have any further questions regarding SciTech Days or any of our other programs, please feel free to call or email me or my supervisor Torey Verts (phone: 412.237.1621, email: VolunteerPrograms@CarnegieScienceCenter.Org
Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Programs
Phipps Conservatory - Events and Programs
National Aviary - Education Programs
Pittsburgh Zoo - Teacher Opportunities and Workshops
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy - Searchable Calendar of Events
PA State Parks - Jennings Environmental Education Center etc.
This calendar of events provides a searchable database of all events at PA State Parks.
Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle S.P. programs can be searched on the DCNR calendar of events.
Washington County Parks & Rec
Check out this Calendar of Events Program Guide to Washington County Parks such as Mingo Creek.
Audubon Society of Western PA - Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Programs and Events
Penn State Center for Science and the Schools
Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools provides regular workshops for teachers as well as opportunities to join PSU scientists to help with their research projects. Check their website for listings of current offerings.
PA Early Learning Workshop Calendar
"Pennsylvania currently offers two Environment and Ecology training opportunities for early care and education providers. Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, a program of the American Forest Foundation, offers developmentally appropriate activities designed for use with children ages 3 to 6. Concentrations within the training and supplemental curriculum include exploring nature with the five senses, seasons and trees. “Project Learning Tree is widely recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world” (American Forest Foundation, 2011).
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is the second training opportunity offered to Pennsylvania providers. “Growing Up WILD, developed by the Council for Environmental Education, is an early childhood program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them” (Council for Environmental Education, 2009). Early Care and Education teachers and administrators can register for Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree trainings by visiting the on-line training calendar on the PA Key website." (downloaded 6/6/15 from http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=environment_ecology).