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!

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

August 31, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

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 we were doing pretty well with […]

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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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Tale from the Field: Designing a Custom 4-Day Curriculum with BEETLES, Part 2

April 27, 2020: Tales from the Field

In the spring of 2019, Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center hired BEETLES to develop a curriculum for their 4-day residential outdoor school program. The curriculum was to include BEETLES activities connected to the theme of Ecosystems, Matter, and Energy, that would engage students in science practices while building students’ sense of place and connection to nature. […]

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BEETLES 2020 Region-Building Grant Awardees

April 1, 2020: News

BEETLES is Thrilled to Fund Six Region-Building Efforts!  In January, 2020, the BEETLES project sent out a request for proposals for a new funding opportunity designed to advance and strengthen the field of environmental and outdoor science through regional capacity building. We received 26 proposals, approximately five times as many as we were able to […]

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