NJ School of Conservation teaching scholar program (ends June 28th)
Biodiversity Field Methods
Educators of middle school students are invited to apply for a scholarship to the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) teaching scholar program: Biodiversity Field Methods. The program takes place June 24-28 in the Stokes State Forest campus in Sussex County, and participants will be within proximity to many federal, state and private land preserves including High Point State Park and The Delaware Water Gap.
Middle school teachers will have the opportunity to:
- Conduct a weeklong “BioBlitz” alongside high-level researchers and naturalists to identify birds, fungi, butterflies, mammals, moths and plants and understand the roles these organisms play in the state’s ecosystems.
- Understand how abiotic, biotic and anthropogenic factors can influence the composition and abundance of these species.
- Understand conservation concerns for the state’s biodiversity.
- Explore the utility of the iNaturalist app and become proficient in using it to identity and record organisms.
- Analyze local biodiversity data using iNaturalist Bioblitz observations.
- Make inferences about local biodiversity at the NJSOC compared to their school sites.
- Produce a collaborative “Field Guide” to the NJSOC and a personal reflective essay on their experience at the BioBlitz.
- Utilize curriculum resources developed by National Geographic to integrate a Bioblitz into their school curriculum.
- Translate their new skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a new lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning.
Interested applicants should be in a current middle school teaching position and have strong interests in field biology, ecology, natural history, etc. Applicants should be capable of hiking several miles over moderate-difficult terrain and be willing to be outdoors in any weather conditions and at any time of day or night.
Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.
The deadline to apply is April 15. Selected scholars will be notified by April 30.