Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bioblitz Teacher Workshop Registration Reminder

Bioblitz Teacher Workshop Registration Deadline Approaching!

A reminder to any teachers interesting in participating in the Bioblitz Teacher Workshop at the Catamount Institute on May 2nd or May 3rd, the registration deadline (4/25) is quickly approaching! Follow the link for more information!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Colorado Springs Historic Map Explorer

Colorado Springs Historic Map Explorer Website Launch

Tierra Plan LLC has launched an interactive map site called the Colorado Springs Historic Map Explorer. They have assembled a collection of twenty-four historic maps provided by the City of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and put them online. These fascinating maps are now available in an easy-to-use website for anyone who wants to explore the history and landscapes of the Colorado Springs region.

Here’s how it works

  • Open the map:
  • A timeline with historical map links is at the bottom. Drag the timeline left and right to see the map collection. 
  • Click a map link on the timeline you are interested in. Try the 1885 Manitou Springs map, it’s really cool.
  • The historic map will appear, and an information window will open at the left.
  • Zoom in and pan to observe details in the map.  Zoom by double clicking the center of the map, or use the plus/minus control at the upper right.
  • Use the transparency slider to compare the historic map to the modern map underneath.
  • Click Change Historic Map to re-open the timeline and select another map. Or use the tab with the green arrow.
  • Change the base map to satellite imagery using the selector at the upper right.
You can read more about the project here or by contacting Tierra Plan or The Pioneers Museum

Bear Creek Nature Center Job Opening

Job Opening for Nature Center Supervisor
Bear Creek Nature Center
El Paso County Parks, Colorado Springs, CO

Opening Date: 04/17/16
Closing Date: 05/18/16 5:00 PM
Department: Community Services, Parks
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 16135
Salary: $50,445 Annually / Depends on qualifications

For more information and to apply:

Monday, April 18, 2016

Oklahoma Geography 101 Course

National Geographic's Network of Alliances:
OKAGEInvitation to Oklahoma's Geography 101 Course

The Oklahoma Geographic Alliance is hosting their summer Geography 101 Course from June 12-15, 2016 at U of O in Norman, and are also accepting applications from out-of-state educators.  The course is open to all teachers from all grade levels and all subjects who teach Geography, whether it is a stand-alone course or integrated with other subjects! 

The registration fee is $100 per participant (nonrefundable).
Lodging, meals, and training materials are made possible by a grant from the National Geographic Education Foundation and the Oklahoma Geography Education Fund.

Please contact Kelly Curtright at for more information, or register here.

South Carolina Summer Institute

National Geographic's Network of Alliances:
Invitation to South Carolina's Summer Institute

The South Carolina Geographic Alliance is hosting their summer institute from June 19-25, 2016 in Columbia, and are accepting applications from teachers in other states. In past years they've had educators from Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Tennessee.  More information about registering (by May 1, 2016) can be found here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

BSCS Student Assessment

BSCS Student Pilot Test Assessment

High school teachers have the opportunity to win a $200 Amazon gift card by helping BSCS with a student pilot test assessment.
  • The Assessment: Students will answer online multiple choice questions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration or attitudes about science. The survey will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and is anonymous.
  • To Participate: Please register and confirm that students will have access to computers for the survey.The surveys will be available Tuesday, April 19 and must be completed by Monday, May 2.
  • Gift Card: Teachers whose students complete the survey will be entered in a drawing to win the gift card. The winner will be notified by email.
  • Teachers who are participating in the Digging Deeper Professional Development field test are not eligible to participate.
To learn more, visit the BSCS Website.

NCGE Cuba Trip

July 19-26, 2016

Join NGCE on an 8-day trip to see, experience, and learn about Cuba.  Get to know Havana, and also take excursions to other notable sites in western Cuba.  Activities and excursions will focus on different aspects of geography, including historical, cultural, urban, economic, and physical geography, the geography of agriculture and food, and US-Cuba relations.  On a broader level, the field trip will provide field-based learning for geography educators, develop educational resources for teachers, and demonstrate the importance of experimental learning.  You can find the trip itinerary, application form, and additional information here.