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Forest Preserve of Cook County Workshops

  • 18 Jun 2019
  • 11 Jul 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • 18 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 20 Jun 2019, 2:30 PM
  • 09 Jul 2019, 9:30 AM 11 Jul 2019, 2:30 PM
  • Sagawau Field Station
  • 18


  • Make this choice to attend both workshops.
  • Field work includes bird banding, house wren observations, ecology, behavior and wildlife sketching.
  • Learn how to bring geology alive for students. We will visit a fossil quarry reserve, glacial features and Cook County’s only rock canyon.

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Three-Day Workshops – only $75 Each

Sponsors: Forest Preserves of Cook County supported by the   Illinois Science Teachers Association

Location: Sagawau Field Science Station, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont 60439

Explore the possibilities found right in our backyards to engage students. In each workshop you will have the opportunity to enhance your content knowledge while experiencing a workshop designed around phenomena and 3-dimensional learning. You will also apply what you learn to storyline-based curriculum development. Both workshops involve fieldwork combined with work on instructional design.

** Ornithology and Avian Behavior **

June 18 – 20, 2019

930a-230p each day (participants provide own food and drink)

Sagawau Field Science Station

Content Objectives

  • Analyze and interpret banding data to inquire about bird populations and inform conservation efforts 
  •  Identify threats to bird populations at school and at home
  • Design/evaluate solutions 

** NGSS Perspectives:  Geology of the Chicago Region **

July 9-11, 2019

930a-230p each day (participants provide own food and drink)

Sagawau Field Science Station

Content Objectives

  •  Interpret topographic maps to understand real landforms
  • Interpret surficial geology of Silurian deposits and Pleistocene formations.
  • Understand geomorphology of the Chicago region.

Classes Limited to 30 Each So Sign-up Soon !

To Register:

Click on the Register Button on the left side of this page. 

Payment: You can pay using PayPal as your register or skip this step and contact Bob Wolffe <> to make other arrangements.

PD credits offered through Illinois Science Teachers Association – no additional charge

For more information click on the flyer link below.

Forest Preserve Teacher Workshops Flyer.pdf

 ISTA Conference Grant Opportunity

 This fund will provide support to attend the 2018 ISTA Annual Conference (October 19-20)   to teachers in need.

 The following must be fulfilled by September 15, 2018 at 11:59pm:

 - A letter of interest from the applying teacher detailing why conference attendance wouldn't     be possible without this grant (300 words),

 - A statement from the applying teacher explaining how they have worked to improve their   classroom instruction through NGSS implementation (showing examples is a plus) (300   words), and 

 - a letter from your administrator explaining the need for substitute teacher   reimbursement     and their support of the applying teacher to attend the conference.

 Please send all of the above in a single document (MS Word or PDF formats   recommended) to Dr. Bridina Lemmer at  Late   applications will not be accepted.  Funds in the amount of $250 (conference registration   and substitute teacher stipend) will be distributed as reimbursement to the applicant's   school district after they have attended the conference on October 19th and/or October   20th.  

Ronald and Charleen Crean raised two sons, both of whom are teachers.  They were 

always dedicated to the education of young people and found it important to support 

teachers everywhere.  This fund will be used to support science teachers via attendance 

at the annual ISTA Conference.  This aligns with the ISTA mission to provide professional 

support to Illinois teachers so they may provide excellence in science education to Illinois 

students state-wide. 

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