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Nature All Around Us Workshop Series

In conjunction with the Natural History Museum of Utah’s special exhibit Nature All Around Us, we are offering an educator workshop series focused on Utah’s urban biodiversity, citizen science, and how to take advantage of outdoor education in your own schoolyard!

Fly, crawl, or climb over to visit the new Nature All Around Us exhibit and bring the nature of Utah to your classroom! Our cities are teeming with animal and plant life that are frequently among people's first encounters with nature. We will explore the Nature All Around Us exhibit, practice and engage in community science (as well as give you all the tools you need to bring community science into your classroom), and discover our role in this human habitat. 

With hands-on observation of museum specimens and exploration of lesson plans to take back to the classroom, be prepared to meet Utah’s friendly neighborhood flora and fauna and the adaptations they use to survive in Utah’s urban jungles.

Topics covered: adaptations, local species, habitat, community science, collecting data, animal and plant life cycles. Each educator workshop in the Nature All Around Us series will cover these topics through a different lens.

Teachers will receive 3 relicensure points for each series workshop attended and a USB with materials covered during the educator workshop.

Snacks will be provided. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Museum free of charge on the day of the workshop.

InSPIDERed Investigations

Hear from and chat with Rebecca Ray, a citizen scientist who found more than 200 species in her backyard, including many spiders. Spend time in Rebecca Ray's backyard, which is featured in the exhibit, and take part in an inspidered engineering challenge!

  • Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - PASSED

Birds in Your Backyard

Learn about local birds, how to use iNaturalist and create a space in your schoolyard to make your own observations, and how to have your students participate in community science projects like Audubon's Great Backyard Bird Count in February 2020!

  • Saturday, December 14th, 2019 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  - PASSED

Mammal Mania

Explore our furry friends with Dr. Eric Rickart and our educators as we learn more about the marvelous mammals that are adapted to live as our neighbors! We'll be exploring ways to get students involved in community science initiatives in their own backyard and get ready for City Nature Challenge 2020!

Questions? Email Aidan Bailey for more information.