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Black Run Summer Teacher Institute

For the last three years, Pinelands Preservation Alliance has held an intensive environmental education and stewardship institute for Evesham-area middle and high school teachers based on local conservation lands, called the Black Run Preserve, in the Pine Barrens of Evesham Township. See below for more details about the 2011 Black Run Summer Teacher Institiute (June 27 - July 1).The program is funded by the generous support of REI and The Watershed Institute.

Image of Teachers and students at the 2009 Black Run Summer Teacher Institute in Evesham.[+ ZOOM] Teachers and students at the 2009 Black Run Summer Teacher Institute in Evesham. ©PPA

The institute has trained local teachers in the ecology and history of human uses of their local natural areas and how they can use the Preserve as an outdoor classroom. The institute also introduced students to the Preserve and gave them the knowledge they need to explore the ecosystem intelligently and responsibly. And, finally, the institute brought the broader public onto the land through volunteer stewardship projects, including a guided hike in April 2010 and a clean up in May 2010, which the teachers and students designed and led.

 
Image of Teachers donned hip waders to examine aquatic life at the Black Run Preserve.[+ ZOOM] Teachers donned hip waders to examine aquatic life at the Black Run Preserve.Image of Teachers sampling fish at old cranberry bog at Black Run Preserve in 2009.[+ ZOOM] Teachers sampling fish at old cranberry bog at Black Run Preserve in 2009. ©PPAImage of Teachers surveying the old Aerohaven Airport[+ ZOOM] Teachers surveying the old Aerohaven Airport ©PPA

Participants explore the Black Run Preserve under the guidance of Pine Barrens experts, who introduce them to the ecology of the Preserve and how it came to be protected. Topics include studying the site through maps and aerial photographs, hiking portions of the preserve, analyzing soils, testing water quality, sampling aquatic life, and examining the history of human impacts on the site. Participants are also introduced to geocaching and the use of GIS systems to identify and map sampling sites, field trip itineraries and other features.

Testimonials from attendees:

Maureen Heenan (DeMasi Middle School): "The Black Run Summer Teacher Institute was an amazing experience. The days were filled with hands on learning that made me feel like a kid again! The knowledgable staff was so organized and provided all of us the "tools" to turn the gem of Black Run Preserve into an outdoor classroom."

Bob Clarke (Cherokee High School): "We learned a lot about a little known gem called the Black Run right in Cherokee's back yard. This class was a nice mixture of fun, making new friends and contacts in Marlton, and learning. Black Run can be a great recreation source for Marlton and beyond if we embrace it and help to develop it's use."

2011 Black Run Summer Teacher Institue

June 27 - July 1

The program is FREE. Attendees receive 35 professional development credits. Lunch is provided each day.

Teachers in the Evesham, Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca and Medford School Districts are encouraged to apply.

Registration is closed.

The agenda for the 2011 Black Run Summer Teacher Institute offers a detailed look at the topics covered and the exercises that occur throughout the week.

Contact Mike at (609) 859-8860 x24 or mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org for more information about this year's Black Run Summer Teacher Institute.

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