Workshops and Institutes
Hudson River Ecology and Invasive Species
August 12, 2013 - August 13, 2013
In 1991 the zebra mussel, originally from Eastern Europe, invaded the Hudson River and began a rapid spread that dramatically changed the river ecosystem.
Teachers will come away from this two-day workshop with strategies for using the AMNH River Ecology website with students, field techniques for studying aquatic ecosystems, and video and written resources for teaching about the zebra mussel invasion.
This workshop will help with teaching middle and high school ecology through a case study approach. We will explore almost 25 years of data that biologists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies collected on factors such as the cloudiness of the water, temperature, and how many and what types of organisms live in the river. Videos of scientists at work in the field along with written accounts will be used to understand the history of the zebra mussel invasion and its impact on the environment. An interactive graphing tool will allow teachers to look for patterns in the data and construct scientific explanations about the interactions of the living and non-living components of the ecosystem. Museum exhibits will be used to investigate ecological principles and we will travel to the Hudson River to try out some of the data collection techniques used by river ecologists.
This project is a collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Funding for this web site provided by the National Science Foundation Grant # DRL-0918560.
More in this Series:
Integrating NGSS Science Practices with Common Core Literacy Strategies Using a Hudson River Ecology Teaching Case and Online Data Tools
January 15, 2015 - February 12, 2015
This five-session online workshop focuses on how to integrate science practices with specific Common Core reading and writing standards using a collection of videos, essays, and online data tools that tell the story of how scientists investigated the ecological impacts of the invasive zebra mussel on the Hudson River ecosystem.
January 24, 2015 - April 8, 2015
This three part workshop provides teachers with the tools to design, execute and evaluate successful science and literacy aligned Museum learning experiences around the topic of animal adaptations.
February 17, 2015 - May 9, 2015
This three part workshop provides teachers with the tools to design, execute and evaluate successful science and literacy aligned Museum learning experiences around the topic of plate tectonics.
February 18, 2015 - February 19, 2015
This two day workshop will introduce K-12 teachers to our newest exhibition, Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters. Participants will work with Museum educators and scientists to strengthen their understanding of the earth processes that cause natural disasters, explore the tools that scientists use to study and predict these events and use case studies that help illustrate the topic
NYC Teachers Chancellor’s Day Professional Development 2015: Using Museum Resources to Support K-12 Science Education
June 4, 2015
This professional day is geared for K-12 teachers who want to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a range of breakout sessions that will utilize the Museum’s digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.