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BEETLES and the Research Group To Present at NAAEE Conference 2021 (North American Association of Environmental Educators)

September 20, 2021: Events

We’re pleased to share that we will be presenting five sessions at this year’s North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) Conference 2021.  Join us as we mark an NAAEE milestone! Our 50th-anniversary conference—to be held virtually—will celebrate the power of connection and the profound, restorative role of the natural world in our lives. Together, […]

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Reflecting On and Celebrating the Past Five Years of BEETLES Institutes

May 28, 2021: Events

We celebrate the close of the National Science Foundation grant that funded the past 5 years of BEETLES Leadership Institutes. In 2016, we received funding from the National Science Foundation to broadly share the BEETLES Building Capacity Model with the environmental and outdoor science field. Under this grant, we led five BEETLES Leadership Institutes, reaching […]

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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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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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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 »

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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BEETLES at NAAEE Conference

August 22, 2016: Events

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be participating once again in the annual North American Association for Environmental Education conference, October 19th-22nd at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. We will be presenting 2 BEETLES workshops: Practicing What Research Preaches: How Learning Happens, October 20th, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Hall of Ideas H at the Monona Terrace Convention Center: There is a large […]

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BEETLES at ANCA Conference

May 27, 2016: Events

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be participating once again in the annual Association of Nature Center Administrator’s (ANCA) Conference, August 17th-21st at Audubon of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN. We will be presenting a workshop on leading focused nature explorations. More details coming soon. Registration is currently open on the ANCA website.

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BEETLES at Pescadero Valley Conference

March 9, 2016: Events

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be participating once again in the annual Pescadero Valley Conference on Saturday March, 19th at Exploring New Horizons at Sempervirons. Kevin and Emilie will be presenting the following two workshops: Phenomenon-driven Instruction: Want to design your own engaging, place-based activities? Want students to become engrossed with an intriguing phenomenon […]

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New 1-day workshop! Sign up now!

March 1, 2016: Events

Learn how to use science to help students connect to the natural world by igniting their natural tendencies toward wonder, curiosity, and solving “nature mysteries.” Guide them in creating their own exploratory investigations to understand part of an ecosystem. For the first time ever, BEETLES is holding a 1-day workshop open to all educators who [...] Read More »
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BEETLES at California AEOE Statewide Conference

March 1, 2016: Events

We're excited to announce that three BEETLES workshops have been accepted to the California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education on April 29th-May 1, 2016 at Camp Hess Kramer, Malibu, CA. Register on the AEOE 2016 Conference website Join us at AEOE to participate in the following BEETLES conference workshops: Exploratory Investigation Want your students to design [...] Read More »
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BEETLES at the 2016 California Naturalist Conference

February 23, 2016: Events

This September, BEETLES will be leading an Advanced Training at the 2016 California Naturalist Conference. The training will focus on how interpreters, naturalists, docents, and others can use scientific thinking and science practices to inspire a direct connection to nature. Enrollment is currently open. Details: BEETLES Advanced Training: The Power of Direct Engagement with Nature: Outdoor […]

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National Leadership Institute

October 15, 2014: Events

August 2-7, 2015 Location: Santa Cruz, CA BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing) helps residential outdoor science schools take full advantage of the rich opportunities for science learning in the outdoors. The residential outdoor science school setting is a unique context, and requires different tools than those designed for classrooms, schoolyards or [...] Read More »