Professional Teacher Development
Professional Training for Teachers
Seatuck has been providing professional development opportunities for teachers for over a decade. This work focuses on helping teachers develop a deeper understanding of Long Island’s natural history and learning techniques for using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom and incorporating the natural world into daily lessons. Seatuck’s work with teachers includes both the annual year-long Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop and custom, shorter trainings for teacher groups, grade levels, administrators, schools or districts.
Greentree Teachers’ Ecology Workshop
The Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop, which was founded by Seatuck and the Greentree Foundation in 2012, is a year-long program to provide school teachers with the knowledge and techniques they need to teach Long Island students about the natural world more effectively. Two sessions of the Workshop are offered: one for elementary school teachers and one for middle & high school teachers.
The Workshop includes a one-week session at Greentree’s historic 400-acre property in Manhasset, five seasonal one-day field trips over the following school year, and a graduation dinner.
The Workshop provides participants with:
- Familiarity with Long Island’s geological history
- General knowledge of local ecosystems and wildlife
- Strategies & tools for using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom
- Existing curriculum to connect students to nature
- A forum to share challenges & successes with peers
- Engagement and ongoing dialogue about nature-based teaching with a community of over 300 Workshop alumni from across Long Island
In addition to Seatuck and Greentree staff, Workshop instructors include professors from Adelphi University, Hofstra University, and The College of Staten Island. All participants receive a certificate of the hours attended during the Workshop and professional development credits are available through My Learning Plan.
Custom Teacher Trainings
In addition to the Greentree Ecology Workshop, Seatuck offers customized professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. These programs, which can be half-day, full-day or multi-day, can focus on a range of subjects, including various natural history topics, the value of nature-based teaching, techniques for teaching outdoors, and strategies for incorporating hands-on nature experiences into the curriculum. All programs can be adjusted to varying grade levels.
Seatuck offers a range of programming for school districts. We provide in-class presentations and outdoor programs, which can be held on school grounds, at parks and preserves near the school or at other exciting locations across Long Island. We also offer field trips to one of three educational facilities: The Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip, the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip, and the Sherwood Jayne Farm in East Setauket.
Seatuck’s summer programs are based at the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip. During these programs our experienced staff of naturalists and teachers guide the students through nature, weather, and other environmental topics, all while exploring the outdoors in a playful way. These programs are perfect for children with an interest in nature, animals, plants or the environment. Most of our students return year after year…come and see why! There are two options based on age.
Guided by the principal that it’s ever too early to start developing a connection to nature, Seatuck’s pre-school programs seek to immerse youngsters in authentic, hands-on experiences in the natural world. The outdoors provide an unparalleled environment for learning and enrichment.