Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

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Creating Learner and Nature-Centered Videos

October 14, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

Featuring Examples from Westminster Woods and Warner Park Nature Center By Emilie Lygren Note: Huge thanks to Rachel Anderson and her colleagues at the Warner Park Nature Center, and Rebekah Jones and her colleagues at Westminster Woods, for creating the videos featured below and for sharing ideas and expertise in the interview at the end […]

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Partnering to Develop Equitable, Inclusive, and Culturally Relevant Student Activities

August 31, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

Over the last couple of years, the BEETLES team has been working to revise our professional learning system, including our guiding principles, student activities, professional learning sessions, and other implementation support materials, to better reflect equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant teaching practices. When we first started BEETLES, we thought we were doing pretty well with […]

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Racial Equity in Outdoor Science and Environmental Education: Re-Establishing the Field with Intention

August 6, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

By Jedda Foreman, Rena Payan, Laura Rodriguez, and Craig Strang “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate, and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the […]

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Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

June 19, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

We want to acknowledge the recent racist events and killings in Minnesota, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, California, and other locations around the country. These events are not by any means isolated, nor is the racism that underlies them. We stand, unequivocally, in solidarity with the protests, marches, and global momentum that has come in response, […]

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FAQ’s About BEETLES

April 28, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

Below, we’ve assembled answers to some of the most common questions we get over email about the use of BEETLES resources, and other BEETLES-related things. Questions About Using BEETLES Resources Can I present a BEETLES Professional Learning Session to my staff?  Yes!! Anyone is welcome to download and teach a BEETLES Professional Learning Session (whether […]

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Reflections on Black History Month

February 24, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

How can we honor Black History Month within the context of outdoor and environmental education? There is a lot of work to be done to fully acknowledge the history and contributions of black leaders in outdoor spaces, and to support black leadership in the present moment which means addressing issues of equity and inclusion more […]

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A Reflection on Black History Month

February 25, 2019: Ask the BEETLES

How can we honor Black History Month within the context of outdoor and environmental education? There is a lot of work to be done to address issues of equity and inclusion, and to acknowledge the history and contributions of black leaders in outdoor spaces. Below are some actions we commit to, and that we encourage […]

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Integrating Territorial Acknowledgments Into Outdoor Science Programs

November 20, 2018: Ask the BEETLES

**Note: This blog post has been re-published as a resource page. Please click here for the most updated information and to view more example acknowledgments.** Special thanks to BEETLES Emerging Leader Erica Ellis and other Cheakamus Centre staff for their contributions to the development of this blog post. As environmental and outdoor science educators, we have […]

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