Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

Upcoming BEETLES Events: Reflect & Celebrate

Join us as we close out the National Science Foundation grant that funded the past 5 years of BEETLES Leadership Institutes!

In 2016, we received funding from the National Science Foundation to broadly share the BEETLES Building Capacity Model with the environmental and outdoor science field. Under this grant, we led five BEETLES Leadership Institutes, reaching 217 leaders at 104 organizations that, pre-pandemic, employed over 3,000 education staff and served over 1.4M learners annually. In addition, we set out to gather evidence and contribute knowledge to the field of informal science education about the features of informal science learning experiences that support meaningful outcomes for learners. Combined, we hoped to support the systematic elevation of the informal outdoor science education field to a position of prominence and centrality in the effort to realize the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards. 

This series of Leadership Institutes and research was part of a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal Science Learning program called Broad Implementation of a Building Capacity Model for Outdoor Science Organizations (Principal Investigators: Craig Strang & Rena Dorph, award #1612512).

We’re hosting several events over the coming months to both celebrate and share our findings. We hope you can join us for one, some, or all of them!

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Financial, Educational, and Organizational Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the BEETLES Network – August 18th at 10am PT

In this webinar, the BEETLES Research Team will share results from a survey conducted in the spring of 2021 to understand how organizations within the BEETLES network were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will detail the estimated financial, educational, and organizational impacts of the pandemic, as well as implications for the future of BEETLES and the field.

Impact of Participation in Outdoor Science Programs on Youths’ Dispositions Toward Science and the Environment – September 15th, 10am – 11am PT

Using data from our NSF-funded study of programs participating in the BEETLES Leadership Institutes from 2017-2019, this webinar will share results from The BEETLES Research Team on the impact of participating in outdoor science programs on youths’ dispositions toward science and the environment.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1612512. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

If you plan to attend and would like to request any accessibility accommodations, please email us at beetles@berkeley.edu.

PAST EVENTS

Reflect & Celebrate (for BEETLES Leadership Institute alumni) – July 20th, 12pm – 2pm PT

Under this grant, we led five BEETLES Leadership Institutes, reaching 217 leaders at 104 organizations that, pre-pandemic, employed over 3,000 education staff and served over 1.4M learners. We’re full of gratitude for this community and all of the exemplary leaders and educators we’ve been able to connect with over the past 5 years, and we’d like to make time to share, reflect, and celebrate in community. We invite anyone who has attended a BEETLES Leadership Institute to join us.

Impact of BEETLES on Outdoor Educators’ Pedagogical Practices – July 28th, 10am – 11am PT

Using data from our NSF-funded study of programs participating in the BEETLES Leadership Institutes from 2017-2019, this webinar will share results from The BEETLES Research Team on the impact of the BEETLES Leadership Institute, materials, and resources on pedagogical practices in outdoor science programs.

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