Teachers conference to examine ‘My Place in the Finger Lakes’ – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Teachers conference to examine ‘My Place in the Finger Lakes’

Finger Lakes Institute to host two-day training session with field trips

My Place in the Finger Lakes, a conference for Middle School teachers from the region, will be Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday the 20th at the Finger Lakes Institute, 601 S. Main St., on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The project has two goals: to help teachers in grades 5 through 8 introduce environmental topics in multi-disciplinary subjects – not just science; and to introduce student and teacher knowledge about the Finger Lakes environment and how human interactions can influence this environment.

This curriculum will give students the chance to learn more about the Finger Lakes region: the history, geography, geology, and ecology. One of the goals of this curriculum is to enhance opportunities to provide students with contexts for learning science and keep them interested in the sciences as they progress through the higher grade levels.

After registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. the first day, participants may choose three from the six sessions being offered: Introduction to Finger Lakes Ecology, or Using Aerial Photography in the Classroom, from 8:45 to 10 a.m.; Tracking Pollution in the Neighborhood Using GPS, or Water Quality Sampling in Streams, from 10 to 11:15 a.m.; and Geology of the Finger Lakes, or the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign and the Iroquois Confederacy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be served at the nearby Gerhart House from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by an hour’s roundtable discussion on “Developing a Regional Curriculum for the Finger Lakes.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, participants will gather at 9 a.m. for an outing to the FLI Laboratory to do lakeshore aquatic sampling or to the Montezuma Audubon Center near Savannah, operated through a cooperative agreement between the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Audubon Society.
It houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room adjacent to nearly 200 acres hosting five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, a one-mile hiking trail, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat.

Registration is limited to 60 people; the fee is $20 for Friday alone or $40 for both days, including Friday lunch and refreshments. Details are available from Sheila Myers, education outreach coordinator, by phone at (315) 781-4380 or by e-mailing smyers@hws.edu.

A story on the conference was featured in the Sunday, Oct. 7 issue of the Finger Lakes Times; Read FL Institute makes teachers the students.