Center for Land Stewardship and Sustainability (CLaSS)

  • Building a Volunteer Program for Non Profits
    4/7/2017   9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Whether you already have a volunteer program or are looking to establish one, this seminar and round table will cover recruiting, orienting, training, risk management, keeping, and rewarding volunteers, the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations.  We will end with a round table where everyone will have a chance to voice their own specific concerns and draw on all attendees for solutions.

    Cost: $25 per person which includes lunch.

    Eventbrite - Building a Volunteer Program for Non-Profits

  • Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture
    6/9/2017 -6/10/2017  

    The Voices from the Land project and this workshop (for educators of pre-k to 12, naturalists, artists and other adults) is a celebration of oral and written language… of natural science, art, performance and technology.  Taught by veteran teachers, participants experience all aspects of a Voices project, learning strategies for connecting children to natural landscapes… fostering a love for the natural world.  

    Through this workshop, participants learn how to help children work in small groups as they explore and discover a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials.  Communication skills (oral and written) are used to create, edit and publish poetry.  Digital technologies are used to document and share the art then students help layout, design and publish a full-color book of their art and poetry… or full-color posters that showcase their work.  Finally, students develop performance strategies to share their work.  

    Cost: $50 per educator.

    Workshop Schedule:

    Friday, June 9

    8:00-8:30                          Sign-in

    8:30-12:00                        Welcome / Introductions / outdoor activities 

    12:00-12:45                      Lunch (Brown Bag)

    12:45-1:30                        Introduction to Voices Poetry

    1:30-2:15                          Small group writing time

    2:15-2:45                          Teaching Oral Performance

    2:45-3:15                          Small group planning time

    3:15-4:00                          Designing Voices books and posters

    Saturday, June 10

    8:30-9:00                          Discovery Walk (outdoor activity)  

    9:15-10:00                        Group performance rehearsal time

    10:00-11:00                      Oral Performances

    11:00-11:20                      Break

    11:20-12:20                      Oral Performances

    12:20-1:00                        Wider Connections & Workshop Conclusion

    Eventbrite - Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture

  • Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy
    Sustainable Landscapes

    Weather, climate, and sustainable actions are prominent in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Science. Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons on these topics.

    Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. 

    Academy Topics:

    1.     The processes that lead to climate change

    2.     How human activity contributes to climate change

    3.     Local and global impacts of climate change

    4.     Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

    5.     Sustainable actions within educational institutions

    Academy Schedule:
    - Registration Deadline April 15, 2017

    - In-Person Orientation Dinner (Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:30pm)

    - Pre-Academy Distance Learning (April-June; roughly 12 hours of independent work)

    - In-Person Summer Academy Sessions (June 26 - June 29, 2017  8:00am-4:30pm)

    - FINAL NGSS-Aligned Teaching Plan  (Due: September 30, 2017)    

    Cost: $150 includes all course materials, orientation dinner and on-site housing (June 26-29) for the first eight registered participants.

    Lead Faculty for the Academy are Ms. Laura Gallagher and Dr. Missy Holzer. View their bios HERE

    Participants can also earn points for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

    Eventbrite - Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy

  • Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
    8/3/2017 -8/4/2017  

    Each fall, monarch butterflies from the U.S. and Canada begin a 2,000 mile migration to Mexico; in following spring, their great grandchildren return.  'Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies' is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences where participants are taught by a team of experienced educators that provide participants with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own.

    This workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn’t limited to educators).

    Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for creating butterfly gardens; Activities for any subject area; Proven models for engaging community support; On-going support.  

    Cost: $50 per educator.

    Class Schedule:

    Thursday, August 4

    8:00-8:30                             Feed Butterflies

    8:30-9:00                               Door prizes; Intros; workshop buddies

    9:00-9:45                               Intro to the Monarch/Milkweed/MTN story

    9:45-11:00                            Life Cycle Stations/Break

    11:00-11:15                          Journeys and Transformations DVD

    11:15-12:15                          Rearing cages, holding cages activity

    12:15-12:45                          Lunch

    12:45-1:15                            Care and Feeding of Monarchs

    1:15-2:00                               Milkweed Community/Gardens

    1:45-2:30                               Gardens/Duke Farms

    2:30-4:00                               Field Trip

    Friday, August 4

    8:00-8:30                             Feed Butterflies

    8:30-9:00                              Morning activity and door prizes

    9:00-10:15                            Sharing session, classroom activities

    10:15-12:00                          Tagging and releasing Monarchs

    11:45-12:00                          Journeys and Transformations DVD

    12:00-12:30                          Lunch

    12:30-1:15                            Migration Games                

    1:15-2:15                               Learning activities

    2:15-3:15                               Native Plant Greenhouse

    3:15-3:30                               Wider connections (Voices project, etc)       

    3:30-4:00                             Wrap-up

    Eventbrite - Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

  • ANJEE Autumn Conference: From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors
    9/29/2017   8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    The Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) is excited to present a day full of programs for educators at Duke Farms, a model for environmental stewardship and a more sustainable future.

    Our autumn event will feature a variety of outdoor sessions designed to educate and inspire.

        • Explore natural history with local experts in birding, animal tracking, plant ID and more.

        • Learn the secrets of amazing outdoor teachers who will share their tried and true techniques.

        • Investigate NGSS aligned lesson plans, designed specifically for outdoor education.

        • Try your hand at primitive skills or learn to carve a lovely linden leaf!

    Early Bird Attendee $50 (Before June 15, 2017)

    Regular Attendee $60 (after June 15, 2017)

    Pre and Post Conference Tour Schedule
    (Advance registration is required to attend these tours.)

    Farming Operations & Community Garden - 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
    Meadow Walk to the Orchid Range - 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
    Sustainable Technology at the Orientation Center - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
    Big Tree Walk - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
    Waterfall Walk - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM

    Interested in exhibiting at the conference? Exhibitor registration is $75 (includes one table and one attendee.)

    The link below contains everything you need to register for the conference, pre and post conference tours and as an exhibitor.

    Eventbrite - ANJEE Autumn Conference: From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors

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