Educator Workshops

Immerse yourself in hands-on, field based, inquiry learning at the 19,000 acre 
Edge of Appalachia Preserve System!

Sponsored by Cincinnati Museum Center, the Educators at the Edge program will provide participants with experiential learning opportunities. Topics focused on natural history will be explored and new skills to be used in the classroom will be gained. These exciting classes are open to classroom teachers, naturalists, and other non-traditional educators. Graduate credit through Ashland University is available as well as up to 22.5 contact hours.

The Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System is a 19,000 acre nature preserve located in beautiful Adams County, Ohio. The preserve is owned and managed by Cincinnati Museum Center and The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. Both of these private non-profit organizations have been working in partnership to conserve the rare and unusual flora and fauna of Adams County since 1959.

Series 2 Classes:

Unearthing the Edge! – March 10, 2017          
Geology is the foundation of natural history. Investigate the unique geology of Adams County as well as learn more about the geologic history of Ohio. Take away hands-on ways to engage your classroom in these often tough-to-understand concepts. Enjoy a rich field experience while exploring the variety of rock layers found on the Edge of Appalachia Preserve.

Facilitator: Robyn Wright-Strauss, Chief Naturalist, Edge of Appalachia Preserve

Birds: Migrating into Your Curriculum – March 17, 2017            
Colorful feathers, beautiful songs, and a variety of interesting behaviors make birds an easy way to incorporate natural history into all aspects of your curriculum. Engage in inquiry based activities about birds and their adaptations, discover what it’s like to migrate, and learn about citizen science projects that the whole classroom can participate in.

Facilitator: Robyn Wright-Strauss, Chief Naturalist, Edge of Appalachia Preserve

Spring Wildflowers – March 27, 2017
Experience the rush of spring bursting to life in this exciting hands on workshop. Learn how to identify our common spring wildflowers, find out who pollinates them, and how their seeds are transported through the forest. Investigate the effects of non-native invasive species and discover some great citizen science that teachers and students can participate in. Plenty of hands-on activities and field time will satisfy the need for fresh air and nature after a long winter.

Facilitator: Robyn Wright-Strauss, Chief Naturalist, Edge of Appalachia Preserve

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