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Summer Workshops

Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods

Dates:
June 24-28, 2019
Cost:
FREE! Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources. One to three graduate credits from Montclair State University are available (for an additional fee).
Description:
This five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school science teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems in and around the NJSOC within Stokes State Forest.

Teachers will learn field methods and improve their content knowledge in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Teachers will contribute to a NJSOC Bioblitz event scheduled to coincide with the workshop, allowing teachers to utilize the concept and curriculum materials for National Geographic’s and iNaturalists’s Bioblitz program. The concluding activity will be for the workshop participants to translate their newly developed skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning. Teachers will be encouraged to pursue their NatGeo Educator Certification and use Bioblitz materials for their Phase 2 and Capstone Projects. Most importantly, as a result of this program, teachers will see themselves as part of a community of scientists and will be equipped with the skills and resources to help their students see themselves as scientists too.

One or Two Week Herpetology Workshop

Dates:
June 17 – 28, 2019
Cost:
$750 per week or $1000 for both weeks (food and accommodation included)
Description:
The Herpetology Workshop at the NJ School of Conservation will combine classroom instruction and fieldwork in order to introduce participants to the biology, habitats, natural history, conservation and management of reptiles and amphibians native to northwestern New Jersey. Participants will help collect vital data on local herpetofauna that are the subject of numerous research projects at Montclair State University. Some of these projects include a statewide survey for two amphibian diseases, chytridiomycosis and Ranavirus, a demographic study of the turtles in Lake Wapalanne, and a local survey of snake abundance and diversity.

One or Two Week Forensic Entomology Workshop

Dates:
August 12 – 23, 2019
Cost:
$530 per week or $800 for both weeks (food and accommodation included)
Description:
This workshop will consist of classroom lectures, lab activities and fieldwork. We will discuss how to approach a crime scene, how to collect data and evidence, and how to preserve and analyze that evidence. Students will learn about the life cycle behavior of insects that feed on carcasses or that are attracted to them and about the process of insect colonization of a dead body. Fieldwork will consist of observing carcasses in different stages of decomposition to understand what might have happened after death, collecting insect and other types of evidence from carcasses and from staged “crime scenes” and learning some photographic techniques to document a crime scene. In the lab, students will observe and identify the insects collected from the crime scenes, they will learn how to make their own microscope slides with their evidence, and they will also have the opportunity to grow insects collected from the scene for identification. Besides learning about forensics, participants will also be able to enjoy activities such as boating, archery, a climbing wall, wildlife watching and hiking, all offered by the NJ School of Conservation.

Stokes Forest Music Camp – John J Cali School of Music

Dates:
July 7 – 20, 2019
Cost:
Stokes Forest Music Camp costs
Description:
Students enter with an instrumental, vocal, keyboard or composition focus. Individual student schedules typically include a large ensemble, one or more chamber ensembles, a music theory class and electives. Students may also opt to sign up for one to two private lessons a week per instrument at an additional fee. An appropriate theory class and chamber ensemble will be assigned based on the student’s background and experience.