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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. Four one-day workshops and one after school session provide first-hand experience with the unique natural communities found in Georgia. Teachers will travel by van to a different region of the state for each of the four workshop sessions. The DeKalb County School District’s Professional Development Office covers the cost of substitute teachers for all workshop participants.

Workshop dates for 2017-18

September 28, 2017 - Meet at Fernbank Science Center 8 a.m. for an Introductory class followed by field trips to visit two natural communities in the Piedmont: Deepdene Forest and Arabia Mt.

November 2, 2017 - Meet at Fernbank Science Center 8 a.m. for a field trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park in the Cumberland Plateau.

March 15, 2018 - Meet at Fernbank Science Center at 7:30 a.m. for a field trip to Little Ocmulgee State Park in the Coastal Plain.

April 12, 2018 - Meet at Fernbank Science Center at 8 a.m. for a field trip to two natural communities in the Blue Ridge: Sosebee Cove and Brasstown Bald.

May 3, 2018 - Lesson plan sharing!

Participants must commit to attending all five 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.

All teachers who participate in the Natural Communities Teacher Workshop submit a lesson plan at the end of their studies to be shared with other teachers.

Click here for lesson plans from previous workshops.

Click here for images from previous workshops.