For over three decades, Willow Bend has been offering teachers and non-formal educators high-quality, locally-focused professional development opportunities. Our teacher workshops are usually offered in three or six hour blocks and are recognized by the Flagstaff Unified School District for seat hours and continuing education credits.
Willow Bend Teacher Workshops are usually free to participants. However, space is always limited and prior sign-up is required.
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Climate Change and Renewable Energy Teacher Workshop Jan 25th-26th
This two-day workshop will cover climate change and renewable energy curriculum, hands-on activities, teacher check-out kits, as well as useful information for teachers wanting to participate in the Annual Flagstaff Climate Summit (including the Climate Action, KidWind, and Solar Structure Challenges). Information and activities are geared towards 4th-12th grades. More information on the 2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit and all challenges can be found here. Workshop participants are highly encouraged to attend both days, though this is not required.
Climate Change, Friday, January 25th, 4:30-6:30PM
Do you want to engage your students in climate action? Attend this exciting workshop, where City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program staff will walk you through several resources covering the basic science of climate change, what climate change threats Flagstaff is facing, and how you can mentor youth through a climate action project. We will also discuss the 2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, an opportunity for youth to showcase their Climate Action Challenge projects and compete for the Climate Action Award.
The workshop will also provide information about the 2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, with a focus on the Climate Action Challenge. More information on the 2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit and all challenges can be found here.
Workshop is open to teachers and non-formal environmental educators. Registration required.
FUSD teachers: workshop qualifies for salary advancement.
Renewable Energy, Saturday, January 26th, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Kathy Jackson, founder of SpiritWind Kidz Ranch and an instructor of KidWind and REcharge Labs, along with local renewable energy experts will join us for a renewable energy overview and an introduction to the KidWind and Solar Structure Challenges. During this workshop, we will cover Wind for Schools and solar power curriculum (hands-on low resource STEM activities that can be used in the classroom) and give an overview of available teacher check-out kits.
The workshop will also provide information about the 2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, with a focus on the KidWind and Solar Structure Challenges.
Workshop is open to teachers and non-formal environmental educators. Limited spots! Registration required.
FUSD teachers: workshop qualifies for salary advancement.
Workshop participants are highly encouraged to attend both days, though this is not required.
Frances Short Pond, Friday October 5th 2-5:30PM
Willow Bend will be leading an afternoon teacher workshop to Frances Short Pond* exploring this urban outdoor gem through hands on educational activities, review of check out kits, available resources, and more.
The workshop is designed for K-5 teachers and non formal environmental educators who want to take students on field trips to the pond or design in-class activities that focus on local wildlife, habitats, and watersheds. Specifically, the workshop will cover pond and cabin history, facilitate a few fun wildlife focused activities that can be done on or off site, conduct basic water quality testing, and review check out kits and materials available for teacher use at the cabin.
Workshop is open to K-5 teachers and non-formal environmental educators.Limited spots! Please register asap.
Picture Canyon Saturday, October 6th, 8:30AM-12:30PM
Willow Bend will be leading a morning teacher workshop to Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve*. Participants will explore this unique open space on a 3 mile hike covering the natural and human history, highlighting points of interest (including the petroglyphs and the waterfall) and sharing fun hands on activities. The workshop is designed for teachers and non formal environmental educators.
We will meet at Picture Canyon. Participants should provide their own lunch, and be ready to spend the day outside (weather permitting).
Picture Canyon and Frances Short Pond, Nov 4th 8:30AM-3PM
Willow Bend be leading a Picture Canyon and Frances Short Pond teacher workshop on Saturday, November 4th from 8:30am-3pm. Participants will explore both locations and learn engaging and educational hands on activities and in-class program ideas, review available teacher resources and kits, learn how to conduct a bioblitz and how to use inaturalist, and hear from experts and guest speakers.
Participation certificates will be awarded upon completion.
Grant Writing for Environmental Education Profesionals, June 16th 10AM-1PM
A Rio Runs Through It, September 17th 8:30am-3:00pm
Willow Bend will be leading an outdoor, Rio de Flag and open space focused teacher workshop. The workshop will include a visit to Picture Canyon and Frances Short Pond. The workshop will include a visit to both locations, as well as ideas for in-class activities. Workshop is currently only open for teachers partnering with Willow Bend on the Rio Runs Through It project. Teachers not partnering on the project, who still want to participate can contact Cassandra Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewable Energy - Wind and Solar, October 8th, 8:30am-1pm
In partnership with Wind for Schools and Prometheus Solar we will be leading an educational workshop about wind and solar energy. From the very basics of renewable energy to hands on classroom activities and access to teaching materials and kits.
Limited spots. Sign-up required.
8:30 – Arrive and introduction about workshop and willow bend
8:45 – The science of solar, Ryan Hotlz, Prometheus Solar.
9:30 – Solar teacher activities, Moran Henn, Willow Bend.
10:15 – Short snack break
10:30- The science of Solar, Karin Wadsack, Wind for Schools.
11:15– Wind teacher activities, Karin W.
12:00 – Wrap up and summary
12:30 – Certifications