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Tales from the Field: Letting the Messy In

April 21, 2017: Tales from the Field

By Claire Maguire (Note from BEETLES: We’re incredibly grateful for the feedback provided to us by SCCOSS Naturalists  and others as we were developing this activity. The story below illustrates some of the potential pitfalls of engaging students in investigations, but also the magic when one can “let the messy in”. It also illustrates the […]

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AEOE Opening Remarks: Inspiring the Next Generation

April 21, 2017: Events

For this year’s AEOE, BEETLES Director, Kevin Beals, was invited to share some remarks to kick off the conference. Below is a very slightly edited transcript of his words. Read on to find out how Kevin grew up hating science and how he’s come to believe that science can change the next generation, for good. […]

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What’s in our Backpack?

April 21, 2017: Featured Resource

What you can do with students outdoors depends a lot on what you carry in your pack. We like students to engage directly with nature as often as possible during outdoor science, so we carry stuff that helps them do that. With this approach, the main equipment is nature itself, so you can travel fairly [...] Read More »

Science Literacy, Civic Engagement, and the Current State of Affairs

January 31, 2017: News

Many of our readers know that science education can play an important role in helping people understand and connect with nature. We, the BEETLES team, also firmly believe that science education is implicitly linked to civic engagement and citizenship. BEETLES activities are designed to support students in developing skills needed to participate in civil discourse, […]

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December 2017 Leadership Institute

November 14, 2016: Events

December 10-15, 2017 Petaluma, California BEETLES helps outdoor science programs take full advantage of the rich opportunities for science learning in the outdoors. Learning science outdoors can be a unique, often transformational experience. Outdoor instructors need different tools and approaches than those designed for classrooms or other contexts. All our resources support the ambitious goals of [...] Read More »
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Exciting News!

September 20, 2016: News

BEETLES is excited to announce that we’ve received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal Science Learning program! Can we get a woo-hoo?! What this means: We’ll be conducting FIVE free Leadership Institutes over the next three years for 100 outdoor science programs. The first will be held in August 2017. More details and information about […]

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BEETLES in San Diego!

August 30, 2016: Events

On October 24th, 2016, BEETLES will be participating in the 4th Annual San Diego County Watershed Summit. This annual convening of regional leaders will focus on key environmental issues while providing unique networking opportunities to advance innovative solutions that shape the future of our watersheds. Moving into its fourth year, the Summit brings together a cross-section of more […]

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Tales from the Field: Using Games

August 25, 2016: Tales from the Field

The following is an exchange between two program leaders currently using BEETLES Professional Learning Sessions and the BEETLES team. The most effective use of games is a topic that regularly comes up at BEETLES institutes and workshops, and that we hear in many other science education settings. Read on to hear some of our thoughts […]

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BEETLES at NAAEE Conference

August 22, 2016: Events

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be participating once again in the annual North American Association for Environmental Education conference, October 19th-22nd at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. We will be presenting 2 BEETLES workshops: Practicing What Research Preaches: How Learning Happens, October 20th, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Hall of Ideas H at the Monona Terrace Convention Center: There is a large […]

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BEETLES at ANCA Conference

May 27, 2016: Events

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be participating once again in the annual Association of Nature Center Administrator’s (ANCA) Conference, August 17th-21st at Audubon of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN. We will be presenting a workshop on leading focused nature explorations. More details coming soon. Registration is currently open on the ANCA website.

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