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Excellent Educators

The ENC’s Excellent Educators series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons and evenings of learning exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature. Everyone is invited! Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator.

The Engineering Design Process is a big part of the Next Generation Science Standards.  This workshop will break down the different steps of the process, how to embed this process into a hands-on science lesson, and how to connect this process to a handful of environmental topics.
Guest speaker Andrea Marr is on the City Council for the City of Costa Mesa and is also a renewable energy engineer. This workshop is appropriate for teachers of any grade level!
Our workshop will culminate with a light dinner, wine, and s’mores around the fire pit.  Email lori@encenter.org if you’re interested in sponsoring the food for this event.

The Teachers Night Out series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons of learning exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature. Everyone is invited! Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about pollination!

Pollinators are so much more than bees and butterflies!  Pollination is a complex system in every ecosystem, but it can be communicated to little learners in a way that makes sense.  Join us as we share some simple ideas for pollinator-related lessons and activities. Target audience: Lower elementary, but everyone is welcome.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about energy!

From the energy our bodies require daily, to the energy plants receive from the sun and then convert to food, to sustainable energy harvesting practices – energy connects us all!  Learn some new ways to connect the topic of energy to your curriculum. Target audience: Upper elementary, but everyone is welcome.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!  Register here.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about geology!

Living in Southern California means having to acquaint ourselves earthquakes.  But geologists don’t just study plate tectonics – they study water, erosion, and even chemistry.  Join us for a hands-on workshop to learn why exactly rocks rock! Target audience: upper elementary, but everyone is welcome!

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!  Register here.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about indigenous people!

The Earth is so much more than land, water, plants, and animals.  Our view of nature is shaped by our history, culture, and society.  Everything we teach – from music, to STEM, to language arts is an opportunity to examine, connect to, and learn from the cultures around us.  ENC naturalists will share some of the ways we connect nature-based lessons to local cultures. Target audience: Early Childhood, but everyone is welcome.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!  Register here.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about ecosystem services!

We have many native plants and animals here in Southern California that provide us with an array of ‘ecosystem services’ – like water filtration, pollination, and air purification.  What are the economic impacts of losing these ecosystem services?  How can we ensure good stewardship of these plants and animals so that we can reap the benefits for generations to come?  This workshop will generate some engaging discussion on this topic and will help us all realize the extended value of nature.This workshop’s target audience is middle and high school teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!  Register here.

Join us as we walk through the Center, after hours, to discover some fun ways you and your students can learn about natural beauty!

Increasing environmental appreciation is the first step towards increasing environmental attitudes and stewardship.  Our students don’t always have the exposure or access to natural beauty, so how can we expect them to develop an appreciation for it?  Join our ENC naturalists for a workshop that will empower you to connect art and natural beauty to environmental science lessons. This workshop’s target audience is K-12 teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores!  Register here.

The Share-a-thon is a fun Sunday brunch to celebrate all of our supporting educators from the Excellent Educators Series.  Our goal is to gather together any teachers who attended our workshops throughout the school year and get feedback on what ideas worked, what didn’t, and what they are planning to try in the future.  This is a fun gathering to celebrate YOUR hard work at trying to implement what you learned from the ENC.  Teachers will be expected to informally present, share photos, or bring examples of student work.

We’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some mimosas!  This event is FREE for ENC members and any teachers who have attended more than one Teacher’s Night Out workshop this year.  Register here.

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