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March 28; 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Educators' Conference: Natural Connections Pre-K - 3rd Grade

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00am - 3:30pm


Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Location: Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden



This two-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development
opportunities for Pre-K – 6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers.
Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using
interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social
studies, language arts, and math standards for authentic learning experiences.

Kaleela Thompson, inspirational young author of Oh Where Oh Where is My Swallowtail?, will join us during the welcome sessions and host book sales and signing.

$40 per day includes workshops, morning coffee, lunch, classroom resources and a gift bag. Space is limited; advanced registration required.

(8 hours professional development points per day)

This is a past event.


Friday, March 28, 2014: Pre-K - 3rd Grade

Choose one of four strands:

  • Got Energy FULL

     Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.
     Director, VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University

     Supporting Institution: Dominion Power

     Explore energy flow throughout the Garden, discover the interdependence

     of plants and animals, and uncover new ways to recycle, reuse, and reduce.

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  • Geo-Quest

     Cathy Surowka
     Science Teacher Consultant, Chesterfield County Public School

     Supporting Institution: Agriculture in the Classroom
  Take a virtual tour of areas around the globe. Then navigate the Garden grounds

     using a magnetic compass to develop mapping skills.

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  • Time Travel

     Adrienne Sawyer

     Supervisor of Elementary Science, Chesapeake Public Schools

     Supporting Institution: Henricus State Park

     Traverse the Garden while geocaching through exciting civilizations and

     enjoy engaging activities along the way.

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  • Earth and Space FULL

    Crystal Clark

     K-5 Math & Science Coordinator, Math Science Innovation Center

     Supporting Institution: NASA and the Science Museum of Virginia

     Experience the night sky in a portable planetarium and take a virtual trip

     through space. Explore toys in space, light, shadows, moon phases, and more.

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Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Region I, with additional support by the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement, Virginia Resource Use Education Council and the Math Science Innovation Center




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