Educators, we invite you to join the Ocean Futures team in a 5-day teacher's workshop on the beautiful Gaviota Coast, just north of our headquarters, in Santa Barbara. This is your opportunity to get into the field and experience what you teach everyday! As an educator, you will be immersed in the beautiful outdoors for experiential learning alongside specialists in the fields of marine and terrestrial ecology, sustainable living, and more.
An assortment of activities and lessons you can take home will be offered. On the beach we'll catch sand crabs in our very own hands, and then learn about how long-term monitoring of this, and other indicator species, can be incorporated into any classroom, in any region. To brush up on marine ecology, we'll don wetsuits, diving into a local kelp forest with Ocean Futures' Director of Science and Education, Dr. Richard Murphy, who has been with the Cousteau family for over 40 years!
Ambassadors of the Environment staff offer a Teacher’s Training Workshop every summer for course credit at Mesa State College. Focusing on inquiry-based outdoor learning, this course provides teachers with an in-depth look at the creation and implementation Ambassadors of the Environment curriculum.
Teachers from all over the nation gather in El Capitan Canyon, the site of Ocean Futures Society’s local Ambassadors program, to learn about the coastal chaparral, sandy beach, creek and watershed, and kelp forest ecosystems. Infused into all these lessons is a sustainable living element, in which teachers learn how to reduce their environmental footprint in their daily lives. Teachers are assessed based on class participation, a lesson plan project, and a daily class journal.
The Teacher's Workshop has been postponed.
For more information, please contact:
Ocean Futures Society