Into the Woods News

ITW Teacher Leaders Sought


​As we enter this last year of Into the Woods, there are many ways that you can stay involved and we would like to encourage you to take a leadership position in the program. It is time to share what you have learned and experienced with your cohort and with other teachers that can benefit from your expertise. There are several ways in which you can contribute as a leader: sharing a lesson seed, presenting at the Summer Institute (described below) or becoming an ITW Teacher Mentor. You can be an ITW Teacher Leader by selecting another teacher from your school to work with and mentor him or her in one or more of the environmental literacy areas you have explored by being a part of ITW. The project that you and your partner teacher work on will be featured in the 2017 ITW Symposium at Queens College. Note that all Teacher Leaders will receive a stipend.

If you would like to be a Teacher Leader, please fill in this Teacher Leader Form (link), and send to Peter Schmidt at by June 28th, 2016.

Into the Woods Announces a Third Cohort for Summer 2016!


Into the Woods is holding a Summer Institute for a third cohort of teachers. The Summer Institute will be on July 5th thru 8th and July 11th, and run from 8:30 to 3:30 with breakfast and lunch provided. Two required one-day follow-up workshops will be held on a weekend day in November and February. A stipend is provided for participation. Please invite your colleagues to participate! See our Summer Institute Website for more information.​

The Metropolitan Monarch Alliance – Attend a Workshop in 2016!

Shared by David Jakim, 11/13/15

GLOBE NY Metro has just received a grant from the EPA to fund a new two-year program, the Metropolitan Monarch Alliance (MMA). MMA is a collaboration of schools, youth and community groups, public gardens and environmental centers, and international Monarch conservation groups to learn about and to create habitat for Monarch butterflies and other wildlife across NYC. MMA will host workshops for teachers grades 3-6 and separate workshops for communities to establish Monarch habitat; to collect, rear, and release Monarch butterflies in time for their annual migration; and to conduct research and citizen science projects that will inform future conservation efforts. One-day teacher workshops will provide teachers with training and tools to custmozie and create a versatile, interdisciplinary suite of classroom activities that align with the NYS Common Core and to supervise grade-appropriate research projects as students rear and release Monarch butterflies in the class or school garden. For more information, visit our Metropolitan Monarch Alliance website.

Into the Woods Science and Art Symposium

Shared by David Jakim, 5/13/15

On June 12th, we are hosting our second annual Science and Art Symposium at Queens College, exhibiting and celebrating the work fo elementary school classes participating in Into the Woods. In addition to tabling and presenting their work, students will go on tours of Queens College Campus led by college students. We are expecting about 1,200 students to participate in the event.

Seals and Water Birds Cruise of NY Harbor with NYC Audubon

Shared by David Jakim, 1/9/15

Due to frigid temperatures and high winds, our seal walk workshops have been cancelled for this weekend. If you are still intent on seeing seals, NYC Audubon is leading cruises for Seals and Water Birds of NY Harbor. The cruises are held every Sunday from now through March 8th (except for February 1st). They leave South Street Seaport at 12:00 and get back at 2:00. For more information, see NYC Audubon’s Event Information.  

Queens College Campus’s New Interactive eBird Website

Shared by David Jakim, 12/23/14

Queens College Campus’s New Interactive eBird Study Site  is a collaborative place for recording bird sightings and observations on Queens College campus. ​Anyone can contribute bird sighting data by creating an account and filling out a simple form. Its a simple guided process to create an eBird site for your own records or as a collaborative study site with your classes. The collected data is part of a citizen science project that is used to learn about bird distribution and abundance around the world.

A Grant to Get Students Out of the Classroom

Shared by Peter Schmidt, 12/3/14

Crayola Invites Proposals from Elementary Schools for 2015 Creative Leadership Grants
Several of you are working hard to rally other teachers to the idea of getting students out of the classroom.  This grant may help.  Developing a program of integrated outdoor experiences with required classroom expectations certainly qualifies as a new and creative initiative in your schools.  Explaining what you are doing and giving examples of what you have done and your future plans go a long way to writing this proposal.

We have a new website!

Shared by David Jakim, 11/1/14

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