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!

Tale from the Field: Inquiry Fever With Students

August 21, 2018: Uncategorized

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: Uncategorized

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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Cancellation of the National Ocean Policy

July 16, 2018: Uncategorized

Executive Order Cancellation of the National Ocean Policy Compiled and written by Craig Strang, Co-Chair, California Environmental Literacy Steering Committee cstrang@berkeley.edu In June of 2018, much of the United States Policy on the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes, also known as the National Ocean Policy (NOP) was cancelled through an executive order. The purpose of […]

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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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BEETLES at AEOE Conference

March 16, 2018: Events

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be back at California’s Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Statewide Spring Conference. This year AEOE’s conference theme is “Creating a Culture of Science” and will take place April 27-28, 2018 at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, CA. More information, including registration details and workshop schedules, are available at the AEOE […]

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BEETLES at ANCA Conference

February 16, 2018: Events

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be participating once again in the Association of Nature Center Administrator’s (ANCA) Annual Summit, September 19th-23rd, at the Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen, TX. More details to come on the ANCA website.  We will be presenting the following two workshops: Building Organizational Capacity: (a half-day workshop) Improving organizations is a […]

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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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Tale from the Field: Birding on the Trail

December 2, 2017: Tales from the Field

By Ian Gledhill At Shady Creek Outdoor School, it is not uncommon to have a kid screaming with delight when they identify a bird. Birding is fun because birds are pretty, it’s science, a competition, and just like Pokemon, you gotta catch ‘em all. We teach that birds are nature’s storytellers, and we give kids […]

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