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!

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Repost: One Teacher’s Journey Towards Implementation

September 12, 2017: Tales from the Field

We couldn’t help but share this inspiring story from Kirsten Franklin on the Ten Strands website. Kirsten has worked with several projects at the Lawrence Hall of Science, including BEETLES, BaySci, and our most recent partnership with ChangeScale to create Environmental Literacy Plans with school districts that offer every student cohesive opportunities to learn in […]

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Reviewing Leadership Institute Applications

June 9, 2017: Uncategorized

As many of you know, over the winter we wrapped up the application process for two of our upcoming Leadership Institutes, in August and December 2017. (Applications will open this fall for the next Institute in August 2018!) First, a huge thank you from the entire BEETLES team to each of the many, many program leaders who […]

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A Few of our Favorite Field Guides

May 19, 2017: Featured Resource

Field guides and keys are a useful, student-centered strategy for introducing content to students. Below is a list of field guides we’ve used, we’ve created, or that come highly recommended from partners. Free OnlineFor PurchaseFree Online MacroInvertebrates UW’s Key to Macroinvertebrate Life in the River UW’s Key to Macroinvertebrate Life in the Pond UW’s Wonderful, [...] Read More »

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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