Teacher Workshops

Nature Journaling Workshop

Presented by Great Lakes Aquarium Educators Samantha Smingler and Alexis Berke (Early Childhood), and by Michael Gabler (Secondary Education, Marshall School)

Discover how nature journals bring creative writing, math, art and more into the learning process. Participate in applications for preschool, elementary and secondary learners.nature journal for art page

March 17, 2015

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10; includes journal.

To register and pay in person: Please visit the ticketing desk during regular business hours.

To register and pay on-line: CLICK HERE


Register online here or contact Samantha Smingler: ssmingler@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2027.


Each free 2-hour workshop includes:

  • Lesson plans and activities tying into the Next Generation Science Standards Crosscutting Concepts
  • Modeling inquiry-based methods for teaching math, science and langue arts
  • Access to free teaching kits that can be checked out from Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Light refreshments sponsored by Whole Foods Co-op
  • 2 CEUs
  • Workshops are at Great Lakes Aquarium from 4-6 p.m.


Free 6-hour field days feature:

  • Hands-on learning with local scientist in rivers and lakes around Duluth
  • Tools and tips for designing field excursions with students
  • Local environmental education resource centers and supporting mentors
  • 6 CEUs
  • Field Days will take place around Duluth and run from 10 am – 4pm. 
  • Note: Participants will need to pack a lunch and provide their own transportation.


 Ready to sign up?

Register online here or contact Samantha Smingler: ssmingler@glaquarium.org or (218) 740-2027.

Know another educator who might enjoy the Science Institute? A printable flyer available here!

 Once you have registered, please complete our Pre-workshop Survey so we can include your perspectives and needs in our planning process to best serve you in the 2014-15 Science Institute!

Visit our partners online:  Minnesota DNR MinnAqua Program, Whole Foods Co-op – Duluth

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Science Institute Teacher Resources (presentations, lesson plans, kits):


All materials available in the Teacher Resource Center. View a list here. 

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Presentation VIDEOS

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