APEC Important

APEC offers many programs for teachers who work in various fields including:
•  Early Childhood
•  Elementary School
•  Middle/High School
•  Special Education
•  Science Coordinators
•  Undergraduate and Graduate college students
   majoring in Education


Customized Workshops Available for Groups of Educators

Location

APEC or your school

Lenghth

APEC – 3 hours
  Your school – 2 hours

Size

Minimum - 10 participants
  Maximum – 25 participants

Fee

Fee is based on program length

 

Workshops Include:

•  Interactive presentation on topic
•  Hands-on examination of related materials
•  Live animal demonstrations
•  Stimulating nature walk in Alley Pond Park’s
   various ecosystems
•  To enhance your APEC experience, lesson
   activities and materials will be provided that
   bring the world of natural science to your
   classroom.

 

Scheduling a Program

To schedule a program, contact:

Bonnie Bromberg at bbromberg@alleypond.com or (718) 229-4000 ext. 207.

Tuesday
November 6

Teacher Workshops: Forest Ecosystems and Local Trees in NYC
Adults: Elementary School Teachers and Homeschool Parents

Teachers will learn how to identify common trees in NYC and better understand their importance in an urban environment. We will explore types of leaves, learn about local tree-dwelling animals and discuss the distinct layers found in a forest ecosystem. Live animal guests and a guided nature walk by a local Naturalist will be part of the program. Program aligned with Common Core Learning Standards in Science. Light breakfast of home-baked muffins, fresh fruit, juice and coffee included. Limited to 30 participants.

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TIME: 8:30 – 11:30 FEE: $35


 

Thursday
November 8

Climate Change Literacy for Environmental Educators
Adults

This presentation will provide an introduction to climate science based on the principles of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Literacy Framework and an overview of projected climate change effects based on the Third National Climate Assessment and state reports.

Additional information will be provided on New York State programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change, and suggestions for individual and community responses to the challenge of climate change.

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TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 Free to the public

Future Teacher Workshops to be determined. To schedule a teacher workshop, contact Bonnie Bromberg at 718- 229-4000 x 207.

Explore Nature’s Classroom

APEC Professional Development Workshops provide teachers with scientific knowledge to enhance classroom lessons and activities. Workshops include supplemental materials for teachers to implement in the classroom. All teacher workshops are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards in Science.

 

Animals

Creepy Crawly Critters

Studying Insects and ArachnidsInsects and Arachnids are two of the most important Arthropods in nature. Although the body structure and life cycles of these animals differ, they share a lot in common. Lesson material will specifically focus on the importance of butterflies and spiders and how they contribute to survival of all living things.

Marvelous Mammals

Mammals are amazing creatures with many special traits. Their great diversity in appearance, development and adaptations spark curiosity and excitement. Discussion will include in-depth exploration of marsupials, monotremes and placental animals. Learn interesting facts about local wildlife and teach students about clues in nature that these animals leave behind.

 

Bird Characteristics and Adaptations for Survival

Feathers are only one of many unique characteristics that birds possess. Participants will learn about many more bird traits and examine several nests, eggs, feathers and bird skulls to better understand these wonderful animals. A comparison of beaks and feet will provide a better understanding of how these animals are adapted for survival.

 

Study of Herpetology: Radical Reptiles & Amazing Amphibians

Herpetology is the scientific study of reptiles and amphibians. These two animal classes have several things in common, yet there are many unique differences. Hands-on activities, comparisons of live animals and interactive lesson ideas will inspire teachers to bring exciting scientific investigation to the classroom.

 

Ecosystems

Pond and Estuary Ecosystems: Comparison of Freshwater and Saltwater Organisms

A healthy ecosystem is dependent on the interrelationship between biotic and abiotic components. Participants will compare and contrast freshwater and saltwater organisms and conduct water testing from the local pond and salt marsh. A discussion of environmental factors threatening these ecosystems will help participants better understand the delicate balance in nature.

 

Seasonal Adaptations

Seasonal Adaptations: How Do Animals Prepare for Winter?

How do animals adapt to the cold temperatures and survive our harsh winters? Local wildlife prepare for inclement weather in several different ways. Participants will learn about behavioral adaptations including migration and dormancy (hibernation and torpor). Some animals such as rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and many birds stay active and survive with a combination of physical and physiological changes.

 

Environmental Issues

Endangered & Invasive Species

Many animal species are threatened with extinction. Why are some species declining at a faster rate than others? How do habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species contribute to this global phenomenon? Participants will learn about major factors contributing to endangered species and better understand how choices can cause effective change.

 

Global Warming & Climate Change

As human populations are expanding, our dependence on fossil fuels and increased production of greenhouse gasses have created marked changes in the environment. Participants will learn the facts to better engage their students and teach them about the importance of how small daily changes can cause positive changes for Planet Earth.