Jeffers offers several different workshops

New Covid-19 sensitive Online options!

 

All of our workshops are tailored to the specific school or venue
&
All workshop participants receive great ideas and useful tools

Here below review some of the more popular Jeffers workshops

Team Teaching with Mother Nature summer workshop

Team Teaching with Mother Nature

Resources: Jeffers Journal, current Freshwater Minnesota Weatherguide Environment™ Calendar, Teacher LooKit, set of EcoTime cards, Nature Detective bandanna.

Cost: No charge, however, a deposit is required.

Team Teaching with Mother Nature workshop objectives:
  • Increase observational skills – Using all your senses
  • Learn skills, strategies & tools for successful outdoor learning
  • Use multidisciplinary journaling activities that encourage “focus” for outdoor learning
  • Recognize your schoolyard or school garden as a learning resource
  • Identify lessons in your classroom curriculum that are easily taught outdoors
  • Identify state academic standards that can be attained by outdoor instruction
  • Feel confident about outdoor instruction as a way to spark a student’s sense of wonder while increasing academic knowledge
  • Incorporate phenology in daily lessons or morning meetings
  • Have fun learning outdoors!

Why Outdoors? Why Not?

Why Outdoors? Why Not?! workshop objectives:
  • Introduce the concept of students learning in the outdoor classroom to teachers and other staff members interested but not familiar with the idea
  • Build teacher enthusiasm for outdoor learning
  • Increase observational skills
  • General introduction to Ecotime Cards
  • General introduction to Calendar in the Classroom
  • Introduction to Jeffers resources

Resources: Jeffers Journal, current Freshwater Minnesota Weatherguide Environment™ Calendar, Teacher LooKit, set of EcoTime cards.

Cost: No charge, however, a deposit is required.

Getting our Youngest Learners Outdoors

Resources: GO Cards, A Parents’ Guide to Nature Play

Cost: No charge, however, a deposit is required.

Getting our Youngest Learners Outdoors (Pre-K) workshop objectives:
  • Increase observational skills using all your senses
  • Learn skills, strategies, & tools for successful outdoor learning
  • Identify activities that can be taught outdoors
  • Become familiar with Early Childhood Indicators of Progress
  • Gain enthusiasm about outdoor learning as a way to spark a child’s sense of wonder
  • Incorporate phenology into classroom activities
  • Have fun learning outdoors!

Calendar in the Classroom

Calendar in the Classroom workshop objectives:
Discover, Receive, & Learn to use the fabulous Freshwater Calendar.
Use the Calendar in the Classroom daily to illustrate:
Daily weather data
  • Sunrise/sunset
  • Normal temps
  • Record temps
  • Cloud types
  • Beaufort Scale (wind speed)
  • Wind Chill/Heat Index Charts
Weekly Phenology (What’s happening in Nature; when & where)
Monthly Astronomy
  • Morning Sky
  • Evening Sky
  • Astronomical Highlights
Featured Species of the month
Fabulous Nature Photography (from all around our beautiful state)

 

Go to Calendar-in-the Classroom Page

Resources: Jeffers Journal, Freshwater Minnesota Weatherguide Environment™ Calendar

Cost: No charge, however, a deposit is required.

Pre-Service Team Teaching with Mother Nature

Resources: Jeffers Journal, current Freshwater Minnesota Weatherguide Environment™ Calendar, Teacher LooKit, set of EcoTime cards, Nature Detective bandanna.

Cost: No charge, but in-kind teaching support from college faculty.

Pre- Service Team Teaching with Mother Nature workshop objectives:
  • Increase observational skills – Using all your senses
  • Learn skills, strategies & tools for successful outdoor learning
  • Use multidisciplinary journaling activities that encourage “focus” for outdoor learning
  • Recognize your schoolyard or school garden as a learning resource
  • Identify lessons in your classroom curriculum that are easily taught outdoors
  • Identify state academic standards that can be attained by outdoor instruction
  • Feel confident about outdoor instruction as a way to spark a student’s sense of wonder while increasing academic knowledge
  • Incorporate phenology in daily lessons or morning meetings
  • Have fun learning outdoors!
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