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Tales from the Field

Tale from the Field: How Our BEETLES Implementation Was a Learning Experience for Everyone Involved

May 21, 2019: Tales from the Field

By Keith Williams, Executive Director, Richard Garber, Director of Education, and Salena Garber, Education Manager, NorthBay, Elk Neck State Park, Maryland. (Note: This post was originally published in the BEETLES Guide for Program Leaders. Check the Guide for Program Leaders publication out for additional implementation support and Tales from the Field.) When Daksha and I came […]

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Tale from the Field: Inquiry Fever With Students

August 21, 2018: Tales from the Field

What can BEETLES activities and approaches look like with a group of students? Outdoor science education consultant and past BEETLES Leadership Institute attendee Sarah Johnson writes about introducing several foundational BEETLES student activities and Exploration Routines on the first day of a summer camp, and an experience of “Inquiry Fever” and exciting student-led investigations that followed. […]

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Tale from the Field: BEETLES in a Day Program

July 17, 2018: Tales from the Field

When BEETLES began hosting Leadership Institutes, we focused on Residential Outdoor Science Schools. Over later Leadership Institutes, we have expanded our audience to other outdoor educational programs including nature preserves, day programs, nature centers, garden programs, and other types of programs. Luana Rivera Palacio of the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy attended our December 2017 Leadership […]

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BEETLES Strategies in History Programming

June 25, 2018: Tales from the Field

The Ocean Institute Outdoor Education Department attended the BEETLES August 2015 Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, California. The Ocean Institute has a well-respected outdoor science program, and they also run a large history program for 4th graders in California. The Ocean Institute has used what they learned at the BEETLES Leadership Institute to strengthen their […]

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Tale from the Field: Inter-Institute Collaboration on Professional Learning for Elementary School Teachers

April 6, 2018: Tales from the Field

Sarah Johnson of Wild Rose Education and Sara Monson of Walking Mountains Science Center are both based in western Colorado. They attended two different BEETLES Leadership Institutes– in August and December 2017, and had heard of each other prior to the Institute. Sara Monson had grant funding from the EPA to facilitate a daylong workshop […]

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Paige Marley, Jamee Puccio, Camp Tyler Outdoor School

Tale from the Field: After a Leadership Institute

January 15, 2018: Tales from the Field

When Jamee Puccio and Paige Marley returned to their organization after participating in the BEETLES August 2017 Leadership Institute, they got right to work using some of the resources they’d been introduced to. Jamee wrote to us to share her experience and we thought she so perfectly articulated the combination of excitement for improvement and […]

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