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Teachers to Learn New Environmental Education Skills at Turtle Island’s Summer Salmon Inst
by Joanna Nasar
Tuesday Jun 24th, 2014 1:38 PM
Free, 5-day environmental education workshop is being offered to Bay Area teachers by Turtle Island Restoration Network's Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program.

Free Workshop: August 13 – 17 in Point Reyes, CA

Olema, Calif. (June 24, 2014) – The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).

The five-day, free, environmental educational workshop for teachers incorporates the new Next Generation Science Standards and California’s Common Core State Standards into the curriculum. Teacher training and student field experiences will be provided in topics such as restoration techniques, native plant identification, rainwater harvesting and constructing rain gardens. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use lesson plans, and yearlong support from SPAWN. Field trip stipends will be made available to participating low-income schools in the Bay Area.

“SPAWN has led environmental education in this watershed for more than ten years,” said Catie Clune, an education specialist with SPAWN. “The goal is to develop educational partnerships with classrooms, building a foundation for students, to engage in ecologically informed civic participation,” she added.

Coho salmon along the Central Coast of California are listed as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act and have become extinct throughout the majority of coastal streams.

“I was so inspired by the institute’s leaders and their dedication to such a cause,” said John Sierra, high school teacher and previous participant. “It’s motivating for me to bring the ideas back to my school and community.”

The workshop takes place in Marin County, just 25 miles from San Francisco, which supports the largest remaining population of the endangered Coho Salmon. The workshop will be held on August 13 to 17, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA, 94956. The workshop is free and is open to 3rd to 5th grade teachers in the Bay Area.

To reserve a space, or for more information, call (415) 663-8590 or visit