Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Dragonfly Educator Workshop

Dragonfly Educator Workshop website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Join dragonfly researcher and educator Ami Thompson for this popular learning experience! This four-hour workshop includes a bit of background knowledge, a lot of hands-on exploration, and access to an electronic copy of her beautifully illustrated Dragonfly Curriculum Guide (complete with 17 classroom activities!). You'll also get to spend time exploring and collecting data at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a world-renowned ecological field station.

Educators and naturalists of all types will learn how to use dragonflies to teach the practices of science, connect to crosscutting concepts, and dive deeply into disciplinary core ideas of the Next Generation Science Standards (and Minnesota’s Science Standards). Dragonflies are the charismatic face to this experience but the heart is strengthening educator skill in teaching the processes of science!

The Dragonfly Workshop includes:
Outdoor hands-on field time capturing and examining as many dragonflies as we can catch
Dragonfly life history 101
Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID
Practice using dragonfly classroom activities
A full-color electronic version of the Dragonfly Curriculum Guide, including 17 activities
Four CEUs
Connections to all of the NGSS Scientific Practices: asking questions, using models, investigating, computational thinking, constructing explanations, argumentation, and communication

The course cost is $45 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 A.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at CCESR, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes several citizen science projects.

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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