MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Trailside Nature and Science Center are teaming up once again to offer a one-of-a-kind teacher training workshop, Falcon Cam in the Classroom, for formal and non-formal educators living or working in Union County.
“Union County has been part of an ongoing effort to ensure the survival of the peregrine falcon,” comments Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, “The Falcon Cam, located on the rooftop of the courthouse in Elizabeth, provides live feed that educators can stream into their classrooms, allowing their students to observe one of nature’s most fierce and fascinating birds of prey. This experience helps to play an important role in building an appreciation for the preservation of our parks and urban environments.”
This free professional development workshop is offered on Thursday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Union County Falcon Cam is one of only two located in NJ. It provides views in and around the peregrine falcon nest and offers a wonderful opportunity to study one of New Jersey’s endangered species.
Stephanie DAlessio, Director of Education for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation, will provide educators K-8 the opportunity to learn how to use the Union County Falcon Web Cam in the classroom to teach about the ecology and adaptations of the peregrine falcon.
A guest speaker from the Tenafly Nature Center will bring live birds such as an owl, red-tailed hawk and kestrel to demonstrate the adaptations, behavior and physiology of the birds of prey.
Sample lesson plans will be provided. Participants can earn five (5) professional education credits. This program is made possible by a grant from Philips 66. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the workshop.
For more information about these programs or other activities at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.
The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.
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