WORKSHOP SESSION 4
MONDAY, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Birds for Early Childhood Learners (Extended Session pt. 2)
Scott Detweiler, Audubon Society of Western PA
Birds are among the most accessible of wildlife. This fast-moving survey workshop will acquaint you with some common birds, provide tips for attracting birds to the school ground, review useful apps and curricula, demonstrate how birds can be used to meet early childhood standards, and sample age-appropriate activities both inside and outside the classroom.
Is Your Forest Healthy?
Lee Swoger, PA Bureau of Forestry
Join us for a hike to learn about the indicators of a thriving forest and find out what insects, diseases, and other stressors to watch for.
Drink Your Tree: A Winter Tree ID Hike
Mike Cornell, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
It’s not just the herbaceous layer of the forest that you can eat, drink and get medicine from. Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist, Mike Cornell, for a winter (or spring) tree ID hike around McKeever. Along the way we’ll stop and learn to identify trees from their bark and buds, and sip some tree tea. Bring a reusable travel mug if you have one.
Fran Bires, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators
Join us as we experience the natural world by using our senses. This non-threatening, non-identifying, fully participatory experience will provide you with a light touch of nature.
Laura Micco, Environmental Charter School - Pittsburgh, PA
Want some tips for making group hikes fun, meaningful, and manageable? Join this hike to learn, share, and practice creative tactics and activities to do on the trail!
Up Close With Insects
Kathryn Hunninen, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Dive into the secret world of insects! We'll sit back and enjoy a series of videos with incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. Do you know of some excellent videos or websites? There will be an opportunity to share these resources among participants.