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: 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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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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News from Our Partners

November 13, 2017: Uncategorized

We can’t help but share the below updates from our partners, collaborators, and friends in environmental literacy: Breakthrough Communities Book Launch and Community Mobilization National Tour Check out praise for Carl Anthony’s new book, The Earth, The City and the Hidden Narrative of Race: Discovering New Foundations for the Great Work of Our Time, from two pretty […]

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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 »