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Natural History Workshop for FCPS Teachers

October 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

- Free

If you are a Fauquier County Public School* teacher looking to spend the day roaming outdoors with friendly nature nerds, this workshop is for you!  Join Co-Director Eleanor Harris and Education Associate Bridget Bradshaw in getting up close and personal with the flora and fauna of Northern Virginia.  We’ll use nets, jars, magnifying lenses, binoculars and a smattering of field guides to walk through the identification and natural history of the organisms we find.  We’ll swap knowledge while meandering through forests, shrublands, and our spectacular 100-acre grassland restoration experiment.  After lunch (provided), we will practice using everything from photos to feathers to lead open ended discussions and create connections.  The day will conclude with a chance to observe and reflect using simple Nature Journaling techniques that can easily be adapted to use in the classroom!  We hope this workshop will give you encouragement and inspiration for getting outside with your students.

From seasoned naturalists to curious beginners, teachers from any discipline are welcome. Teachers from realms other than science are highly encouraged.  Attending teachers will be awarded 5 hours of Professional Development credit in addition to a $50 honorarium.  

*If you are a public school teacher from another county and are interested in this opportunity, please email Bridget Bradshaw (bbradshaw@cliftoninstitute.org).*

Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event.

Registration is REQUIRED.  Please register with your FCPS email address.

Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else.

By registering for this event, you are affirming that you have read and agree to our liability release policy.

We look forward to seeing you at the Clifton Institute!


October 21, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Clifton Institute
6712 Blantyre Road
Warrenton, VA 20187 United States
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