Free PD Opportunity for NC Teachers

July 9-11, 2013 NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC


A FREE Professional Development Experience for North Carolina Teachers


During this 3-day teacher institute, teachers will participate in an in-depth investigation of the diverse environmental science, health and civics issues related to water quality in NC.  By using the interdisciplinary approach of environmental education, science teachers will learn how to address important water quality issues with their students both in the classroom and in outdoor environments. Participants will explore watersheds and aquatic ecosystems of the North Carolina piedmont, discover the effects of contaminated water sources on wildlife, ecosystems and human health, develop skills in watershed monitoring, learn about methods for addressing hazardous chemicals that threaten water quality, and interact with scientists researching cutting-edge water quality monitoring techniques and health effects of toxic contaminants.  Hands-on, real world experiences will be emphasized–be prepared to get wet, learn a lot and be reenergized!


The Institute is open to 8th -12th grade science teachers.

Content and activities are aligned with the NC Science Essential Standards for:

Earth/Environmental Science (Standards 2.3.2, 2.4)

AP Environmental Science (Goals 4 and 5)

8th Grade Science (Standard 8.E.1, 8.L.2, 8.L.3.2, 8.L.3.3, 8.L.5.2)


Participants receive:

§Authentic classroom and outdoor learning experiences designed to help teachers have a better understanding of NC-specific water quality issues.

§Instruction from a variety of outstanding environmental educators, researchers and scientists

§A wealth of new ideas and instructional resources including curriculum-related materials.

§CEU and Environmental Education Certification Credits

§For those travelling more than 35 miles one-way, free lodging will be provided at a nearby hotel with shuttle to and from institute

§Breakfast, snacks and lunch provided during the workshop; dinners are on your own.


You will be expected to:

§Commit to the entire 3-day institute.

§Share your experiences and mentor other teachers in your school or system.

§Incorporate learned skills and experiences into your lesson plans and teaching.

§Be in good physical condition.  Activities will include hiking, creekwalking and other activities in hot, humid conditions.


Registration Fee:$30


All applications must be received before 5PM on Friday, April 19, 2013; teachers selected to participate in this program will be notified on or before May 1, 2013.  Upon notification of acceptance, teachers will be asked to submit a $30 registration fee to officially reserve their spot in the program.


Click here to access online application


Sponsored by theUNC Superfund Research Program with funding fromNIEHS and theAlbemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership.  Additional support provided by theUNC Institute for the Environment.



  1. Diane Ripollone said:

    I attended one of the past professional developments with the UNC Institute for the Environment.. You can read about the experience at my blog. The information I obtained from the experience I have used in the classroom constantly. Great experience and would recommend it to everyone.

  2. Rebecca Ensley said:

    Can you email me links to the two posts you have done on training and virtual projects so I can forward it all out to my schools and not miss something? Hope to talk to you really soon. 🙂

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