Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

What’s New

Read the blog posts below to find out what’s new with BEETLES. We regularly feature new resources, promote upcoming events and news, and share “Tales from the Field”–stories of folks like you using BEETLES materials in interesting ways. If you’d like to contribute, just be in touch!

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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BEETLES Video Announced As Winner in NSF STEM DIVE Competition

October 1, 2020: News

We are excited to announce that our video for the National Science Foundation’s Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition (DIVE) Competition has won the Expert’s Choice Award. Our National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for BEETLES allowed us to share professional learning resources with teams of outdoor science and environmental education leaders and conduct research on how organizations take up improvement efforts. For the first five […]

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

August 31, 2020: Ask the BEETLES | News

By Emilie Lygren and Jedda Foreman 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 […]

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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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Meet Rosalynn!

May 21, 2020: News

We’re excited to announce that Rosalynn Sarvi, a Community Programs Coordinator at the Lawrence Hall of Science, will be joining our BEETLES team part-time! She’ll be working with us on communications, so you might connect with her in the future over email and on our online networks.  BEETLES: Tell us a bit about your roles […]

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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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