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!

A Reflection on Black History Month

February 25, 2019: Uncategorized

How can we honor Black History Month within the context of outdoor and environmental education? There is a lot of work to be done to address issues of equity and inclusion, and to acknowledge the history and contributions of black leaders in outdoor spaces. Below are some actions we commit to, and that we encourage […]

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Distributing the International Ocean Literacy Survey

January 23, 2019: News | Uncategorized

In addition to his work with BEETLES, Craig Strang is involved with promoting ocean literacy through work marine educators across the globe. He and other colleagues have developed an International Ocean Literacy Survey, and they’re looking for educators and community members who can share the survey with their students and youth they engage with. Craig […]

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Integrating Territorial Acknowledgements Into Outdoor Science Programs

November 20, 2018: Ask the BEETLES

Special thanks to BEETLES Emerging Leader Erica Ellis and other Cheakamus Centre staff for their contributions to the development of this blog post. As environmental and outdoor science educators, we have a unique opportunity to engage youth meaningfully with nature. With this, we think, comes a responsibility to examine our own relationship to the land we […]

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Job Opportunities with BEETLES Partners

September 25, 2018: News

Job and training opportunities with BEETLES partner organizations as of September, 2018: Job Opportunity: Ten Strands is seeking a Director of School District & Community Partnerships Ten Strands, a San Francisco based organization working to build and strengthen the partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students, is seeking […]

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Ask the BEETLES: Nature Exploration With Young Students

September 25, 2018: Uncategorized

Question from a Program Leader: “I run an outdoor education program for families with children ages 2-5. I love everything you all do and am working on incorporating the learning cycle strategies onto our lessons more.  I am reaching out to see if you could suggest any resources or have examples of utilizing ‘I notice, […]

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Tale from the Field: Inquiry Fever With Students

August 21, 2018: Tales from the Field

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: Tales from the Field

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: News

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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