WOLF (Web of Life Field) School Connects Teachers to STEM

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The Web of Life Field School in California provides educators with outdoor science-based resources at recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) Exposition.

“We want to get the word out that students can come explore a tidepool, touch a banana slug, see Saturn’s rings, with the hope they will learn to love, understand, and steward nature.” Heather Butler, WOLF School Director

The Web of Life Field School (WOLF) leaders exhibited and met with over eighty K-12 educators recently at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) and Environmental Science Expo hosted at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, California. Teachers, administrators, and science specialists from Santa Cruz and Monterey attended to explore science resources, programs, curriculum and field trips to use with their students to support Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

“Santa Cruz is a world-class place to explore, discover, and learn about science and the environment through a field trip,” described WOLF’s Assistant Director, Desiree Gant.

From WOLF’s Growing Redwood Stewards curriculum to its successful Salamander Data Study where students locate, identify, and document local salamanders, students attending WOLF School outdoor education field trips have many ways to participate in inquiry-based science learning in the outdoors. “We want to get the word out that students can come explore a tidepool, touch a banana slug, see Saturn’s rings, with the hope they will learn to love, understand, and steward nature,” said Heather Butler, WOLF’s Director.

The STEM Expo was organized by Santa Cruz’s regional California Regional Environmental Education Community Organization (CREEC). “It was great to talk with so many inspired teachers and administrators and to help connect them to these resources,” said Gant.

WOLF School offers field trips and residential outdoor school/science camp to K-12 grade students and their teachers throughout Northern California at 4 different campuses.

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