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Flora of Virginia: Schoolyard Botany

“Schoolyard Botany” is a free professional development workshop for K–5 educators presented by the Flora of Virginia Project and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, with support from the Virginia Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Grant Assistance Program. Inspire your students to love the outdoors, and meet your SOLs at the same time! Join award-winning Virginia STEM educator Barbara Adcock in exploring plants and their connections with culture, history, and art. You will use a selection of Barbara’s 13 lesson plans inspired by the Flora of Virginia and the 2014 exhibition of the same name at the Library of Virginia. Sample lesson topics: journaling like a botanist; comparing types of botanical art; practical uses of plants; changes in habitats; and using dichotomous keys to identify plants. You’ll leave with a palette of hands-on, often outdoor activities that will interest your students in the botanical world around them. Lesson plans are keyed to combinations of K–5 SOLs in science, math, English, history, and art. And each opens with an activity of sensory observation to encourage subjective learning, an approach inspired by Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. Participants earn 6 Continuing Education Units.Free; lunch is on your own.

This program is full. Please email [email protected] with your name and contact information to be added to the waiting list.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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