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Into the Woods
Cohort 1 Workshop Agendas
October 13, 2012 – June 8, 2014
This List Will Be Updated on a Regular Basis
 
  Year 1, Fall 2012-Spring 2013   Year 2, Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Year 3, Fall 2014-Present
Subject Date Subject Date Subject Date
Elementary GLOBE Oct 13 and 14, 2012 Geo-Walk 2 Oct 19 and 20, 2013
Pond Ecology Oct 20 and 21, 2012 World of Birds Nov 16 and 17, 2013
Bronx River Studies Dec 1 and 2, 2012 Biosphere Feb 8 and 9, 2014
NOAA Literacy Jan 26 and 27, 2013 Best Practices March 8 and 9, 2014
Weather Feb 23 and 24, 2013 Year End Review June 7 and 8, 2014
Geology March 9 and 10, 2013
Forest Ecology (Biosphere) May 18 and 19, 2013
GLOBE Research Pt. 1 June 22nd, 2013
GLOBE Research Pt. 2 June 23rd, 2013
 
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Into the Woods
 Elementary GLOBE Workshop
October 13 and repeated October 14, 2012
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
8:30 Welcome and brief re-cap of program
9:00 Introduction to Classroom activities in Elementary GLOBE
        Story by Story overview of activities
        Teachers participate in selected activities:
                Clouds Have Names: Cloudscape
                        Outdoor Cloud ID activity
        Mystery of the Disappearing Hummingbirds: Online research and build model hummingbird.
12:00 Break for Lunch
12:30 Resume projects:
        Scoop on Soils: Soil Investigation
        All the World On Stage: What Plants Need
        Discoveries at Willow Creek: Observations, Close and Far
                Outdoor observations piece
3:30 Wrap up and set up for next workshop
 
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Pond Ecology Workshop
October 20, and repeated October 21, 2012
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
8:30  Welcome and Q and A about any implementation issues that may have come up.
8:45  Introduction:  What is a pond?
                   Classification activity
                   Use of the Field Guide
                   Prep for field tip
10:00  Trip to local pond (Kingsbury Rd. entrance Alley Pond)    
                   Class management in the field
                   How to catch and sort
                   Participants collect
12:00  Return to classroom
12:30  Lunch
1:00  Evaluation questionnaire
1:20  Expanded specimen ID
                   Use of Brock microscope, examination of micro-biota
2:00  Research and report
3:00  Groups report out
3:30  Culminating activity: Web of Life
4:00  End
 
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Bronx River Studies Workshop
 12/1 and Repeated 12/2, 2012
Bronx River Alliance Office, Bronx Parks Headquarters
Presenter: Demian Griffin, Bronx River Alliance
 
Greetings  “Into the Woods”  Participants from the Bronx River Alliance!  
8:30   Meet at Ranaqua: Introductions to staff and river overview
9:00     Watershed activity
9:15   Travel to Bronx River Forest
 9:30-12:00 River and Park Activities
12:00 Lunch and Travel to Concrete Plant Park
1:00-3:00 River and Park  Activities
3:00 Visit to WaterWash ABC,  possibly green roof
3:45  Return To Ranaqua   Wrap up, evaluation

                              

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Into the Woods
NOAA Literacy Workshop
January 26th and 27th, 2013
Queens College, Science Building room D243
Presenters: Nordica Holochuct and Susan Hoskins, Cornell University
 
9:30  Introduction to the Programs, Link to NOAA Resources/Inventory Methods
10:00 Topo Maps, Map Symbols and Colors, Measuring Ground Distance
10:35 Site Introductions
10:50 Aerial Photographs, Building Powers of Observation, Calculating Photo Scale
11:25 Geospatial Resources for NYC/Online
11:40 Site Profiles
11:50 Airphoto Interpretation
12:30 Lunch Break
1:30  Site Characterization Assignment
1:45  Science Bulletin: Bronx River Restoration
3:00  Site Characterization Reports
3:45  Evaluation PER GLOBE
4:00 Resorce Packets Distributed.
4:00 Adjourn
 
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Weather Workshop
February 23 repeated February 24, 2013
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
8:30 Welcome and brief re-cap of program.  Thank you and reminder about         responding to surveys.  Answer honestly.
        Discussion of some of the walks I have led for some of the teachers, reminding everyone that I or one of the other staff are available to lead walks related to any of the “Into the Woods” topics.
9:00 Introduction to Weather:
        Measurement: Which Thermometer?  Learning activity
        Air pressure, demo, cloud in a bottle, convection cell model
How to read the barometer, what does it mean?
Brief examination and discussion of the Earth System Poster
12:00 Break for Lunch
12:30 Relative humidity, discussion, build and use a sling psychrometer
        Clouds and contrails discussion, followed by Estimating Cloud Cover activity
3:30 Wrap up and set up for next workshop
 
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Geology Workshop
March 9 repeated March 10, 2013
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
 
8:30 Welcome and brief re-cap of program. 
        Discussion of some of the walks I have led for some of the teachers, reminding everyone that I or one of the other staff are available to lead walks related to any of the “Into the Woods” topics.
Reminder to invite me to school for tour and to arrange meeting with their Principal.
9:00 Introduction to Rocks:  See attached lab guide.    
12:00 Break for Lunch
12:30 Field trip to Orchard Beach: Survey of outcroppings along shore.
3:30 Wrap up and set up for next workshop
 
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Into the Woods
Forest Ecology (biosphere) Workshop
May 18 repeated May 19, 2013
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
 
8:30 Welcome and brief re-cap of program. 
        Discussion of some of the walks I have led for some of the teachers, reminding everyone that I or one of the other staff are available to lead walks related to any of the “Into the Woods” topics.
Reminder to invite me to school for tour and to arrange meeting with their Principal.
Fill out questionnaire from evaluator.
10:00 Leave for field experience in Cunningham Park
-          General nature walk with emphasis on trees. 
-          How to use a dichotomous key to identify trees.
-          Tree natural history and social history connections ( dug out canoes and tulip trees, barrel making, triangle trade and red oak trees, etc.)     
12:45 Return to campus and break for Lunch
1:30 Leave building and go to the quad to have teachers participate in toothpick camouflage game.
2:00 Return to room and have discussion on how to integrate outdoor experiences into classroom projects.
3:30 Wrap up and set up for next workshop.
 
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GLOBE Research Pt. 1 Workshop
June 22, 2013
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
 
8:30 Welcome and brief re-cap of program. 
        Discussion of what people have been doing with their classes related to ITW.
Outline what to expect next 3 workshops.  Begin thinking about research topic.
10:00 GLOBE learning activity: Just passing through.
        Relate to general soils studies
        Relate to “Scientific Method”
12:00 Break for Lunch
1:00 Re-cap introduction to soils.
        Introduce soil protocols; Soil Characterization, Soil Moisture, Soil Bulk Density.
        On Campus field trip to collect soil samples.
3:00 Return to room and prepare samples for drying, and tomorrows lab work.
3:30 Wrap up clean up and set up for next workshop
 
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GLOBE Research Pt. 2 Workshop
June 23, 2013
Queens College, Science Building room E-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
 
8:30 Welcome and brief reminder of yesterday’s activities. 
10:00 Review instructions for how to process the soil samples.
        Begin with soil moisture.
        Set up data chart.
Analyze data
Talk about importance and relevance of the data and process.
Repeat for Bulk Density.   
12:00 Break for Lunch
1:00 Field trip to revisit Pond.
        Collect samples of freshwater invertebrates.
        Identify and quantify on site.
3:00 Return to room and discuss changes seen between the two visits.  Relate to research projects with their classes.
3:30 Wrap up clean up and outline next workshop.
 
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Geo-Walk 2 Workshop
October 19, repeated October 20
8:30am to 4:30pm Science Building E-243
Presenters: Peter Schmidt and Dr. Allan Ludman
 
8:30 - 9:00 Sign in, breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome back, outline coming year
9:15 - 9:45  Evaluation
9:45 – 10:30 Distribute research equipment.
10:30 -11:30 Review research strategies
11:30 to 12:00 Lunch
12:30 Leave for field trip to Orchard Beach
3:00 Board vans to return to campus
3:30 - 3:50 Evaluation
3:50 – 4:00 Wrap up
 
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Year 2 (biosphere) Workshop
February 8, repeated February 9, 2014
Queens College, Science Building room D-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
 
8:30 Welcome and brief re-cap of program.  
9:00 Introduce Kate Toms, evaluator for grant:
                   Lead focus group discussion about several grant/program related issues.
                             Practicality of implementing strategies and activities introduced
                             Road blocks and hurdles to implementation
                             Wish list of additional topics that should be addressed
                             General feelings of direction of the program
          10:00 Introduction to using Monarchs and Milkweed in the classroom.
                   Overview of pedagogic rationale, critique of Painted Lady activity
                   Monarch biology and migration
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Monarchs and Milkweed resources
                   Tour of Journey North website
                   Examination of Monarch Watch teacher guide.  All participants received one.
2:00 Introduce Dr. Mary Leou of NYU Wallerstein Collaborative
          Introduction and overview of Service Learning Projects and how they fit “Into the Woods”
4:00 Wrap up and homework assignment. Collect and prepare materials for upcoming workshop on Sharing and Best Practices to be held March 8 and 9, 2014.
 
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Best Practices Workshop
March 8 and 9, 2014
Queens College, Science Building room D-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt
 
8:30 Welcome and brief reminder recap.  Update on status of the Monarch’s. 
9:00 Full group discussion of problems, issues in moving program forward.  Try to  identify “Points of Entry”.
10:00 Break up into work groups Identify specific grade, Scope and Sequence,  Ready Gen Curriculum points where “Into the Woods” activities fit best.
12:00 Break for lunch
12:30 Discussion of upcoming Symposium.  Planning.
1:30  Presentation:  Follow up on Service Learning presented by Mary Leou.
3:30 Wrap up and invitation to arrange staff visits to schools and  classrooms.
 
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Year End Review Workshop
June 7 and 8, 2014
Queens College, Science Building room D-243
Presenter: Peter Schmidt/David Jakim
 
8:30 Welcome and brief reminder recap.  Update on status of projects.  
9:00 Research works year end assessment
10:00 Break up into work groups Identify the pros and cons that have been experienced while working on the research projects
11:00 Outdoor activity. What plants do we find on campus at this time of the year? 
12:00 Break for lunch
12:30 Discussion of highlands, lowlands and wetlands 
1:30  Get ready for a field trip to Alley Pond
3:30 Wrap up and invitation to arrange staff visits to schools and  classrooms.
 
 
 
 

 
 
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