FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

Environmental Education Teacher-Training Workshop at Trailside, April 26

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer educators an opportunity to learn about environmental issues at Trailside Nature & Science Center on Thursday, April 26. The Teacher-Training Workshop: Project Learning Tree will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is recommended for formal and non-formal educators of students in grades K-8. The fee for this workshop is $15 and pre-registration is required.

“This teacher-training workshop is a great opportunity for our educators to utilize the resources of Trailside Nature & Science Center to get the curriculum and tools they need to give their students a greater awareness and understanding of our environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a nationally recognized environmental education curriculum supplement that provides educators with tools for increasing student environmental awareness.  Using the forest as a “window” into exploration of local and global environments, students of PLT are made aware of the ecological, historical, cultural and economical perspectives of resource management. Through this awareness students are able to make wise decisions concerning the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.

The PLT lessons are correlated to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and engage students in interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that develop skills in problem solving, evaluation and research. The PLT guide also presents a balanced approach to instructing current issues and topics, while stimulating students’ critical thinking.

Each workshop participant will receive six NJDOE credits. Morning refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to bring lunch.

For information about this Teacher-Training Workshop call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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