New Teacher Workshop Series 2016-17: The Natural Communities of Georgia

DeKalb County teachers of all grade levels are invited to participate in a new workshop series being offered by Fernbank Science Center. The series provides first-hand experience with the unique plant communities found in Georgia. Teachers will travel by van to a different region of the state for each of the four workshop sessions. Destinations include Cloudland Canyon, Arabia Mountain, Sosebee Cove, Wildcat Mountain and Little Ocmulgee State Park. Workshops will be scheduled on Thursdays in Sept., Oct., March and April. The specific dates will be announced when the workshop is posted on DeKalb County’s PD Planner in August.

DeKalb County pays for substitute teachers to cover classroom responsibilities for all participating teachers. Participants must commit to attending all four workshops and submit a relevant lesson plan at the end of the series. Each teacher will receive a copy of the book “The Natural Communities of Georgia”.

The Instructors for the course are Cindy Reittinger, Fernbank Science Center Science Instructional Specialist in Ecology and Leslie Edwards, retired biogeographer from Georgia State University and primary author of “The Natural Communities of Georgia”.

If you would like to be added to the Fernbank mailing list to receive notice when the workshop is posted, email creittinger@fernbank.edu. Registration for the workshop is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Images from Previous Workshops:


Teachers explored Cloudland Canyon State Park and observed the changes in plant communities in the canyon.

Teachers compared the size of the longleaf pinecone to the more familiar loblolly pinecone.  

On the sandhills at Little Ocmulgee State Park teachers saw different stages in the life of a longleaf pine.

Water samples were collected at a blackwater stream at Little Ocmulgee State Park.