Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Eagles tending nest

Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)


January 21, 2017 from 9am to 3pm


Cost: $25 per educator


The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms will help you to enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ’s bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Eagle biologist Larissa Smith will talk about her work with this charismatic species, live birds of prey will make an appearance and an opportunity will be announced for one teacher to participate in the spring eagle chick banding at Duke Farms.

Eventbrite - Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)





Eagle Cam

Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach


February 4, 2017 from 9am to 3pm


Cost: $30 per educator


If you are a K-12 teacher who is passionate about STE(A)M, environmental studies, biology or earth science education and want to bring a NGSS bald eagle Problem-Based Learning (PBL) unit into your classroom, this workshop is for you!


Duke Farms and Innovative Designs for Education (IDE) have partnered to create grade level specific PBL units that will meet the needs of the CCSS and NGSS including the cross-cutting standards, practices, and core ideas. Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle  unit in their classrooms.

Eventbrite - Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach




Climate Change Science and Action

Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy


For dates and time please see schedule below.

Cost: $150 per educator


Weather, climate, and sustainable actions are prominent in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Science. Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons on these topics.


Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. 


Academy Topics:

1.     The processes that lead to climate change

2.     How human activity contributes to climate change

3.     Local and global impacts of climate change

4.     Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

5.     Sustainable actions within educational institutions

Academy Schedule:
- Registration Deadline April 15, 2017

- In-Person Orientation Dinner (Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:30pm)

- Pre-Academy Distance Learning (April-June; roughly 12 hours of independent work)

- In-Person Summer Academy Sessions (June 26 - June 29, 2017  8:00am-4:30pm)

- FINAL NGSS-Aligned Teaching Plan  (Due: September 30, 2017)    

Cost: $150 includes all course materials, orientation dinner and on-site housing (June 26-29) for the first eight registered participants.


Lead Faculty for the Academy are Ms. Laura Gallagher and Dr. Missy Holzer. View their bios HERE


Participants can also earn points for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.


Eventbrite - Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy




ANJEE Leadership Retreat


March 11 - 12


Cost: Vary see below.


The Alliance for NJ Environmental Educators (ANJEE) needs your energy and enthusiasm and your intellect and ideas to help us chart the future of our alliance.  Join the vibrant, caring and fun people who keep ANJEE going. What can you expect at this year’s Leadership Retreat?  


• Recap of ANJEE accomplishments since last year’s retreat.
• Discussion of ANJEE’s Strategic Plan.
• Planning for our September 2017 Outdoor Conference and the 33rd winter conference in 2018.
• New volunteer opportunities.
• Executive Board and Advisory Council business meeting.
• National (NAAEE) and state environmental education updates.
• Private tour of Duke Farms.
• Socializing and networking opportunities with a vibrant group of educators. (A.K.A. fun!)


Registration and Logistics    

DEADLINE:  Sunday March 5, 2017

• Once you are registered, a packing list and retreat agenda will be e-mailed to you.
• Lodging for Saturday night is in one of Duke’s five comfortable cottages. All have full kitchens, shared living space and most have double beds.
• Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Duke Farms cafe. Coffee, tea & snacks will be available throughout the weekend. Dinner on Saturday night will be at Old Man Rafferty’s in Hillsborough.


Registration Options


Saturday & Sunday Overnight Registration

    • 5 meals - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (Sat.) - one overnight

    • Cost: $45 per person.


Saturday & Sunday No Overnight Registration

    • 5 meals - no overnight

    • Cost: $40 per person.


Saturday Only

    • 3 meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - no overnight

    • Cost: $30 per person.


Sunday Only 

    • 2 meals - breakfast and lunch - no overnight

    • Cost: $15 per person.



Eventbrite - ANJEE Leadership Retreat






Voices from the Land

Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture 


June 9 - 10

Cost: $50 per educator.


The Voices from the Land project and this workshop (for educators of pre-k to 12, naturalists, artists and other adults) is a celebration of oral and written language… of natural science, art, performance and technology.  Taught by veteran teachers, participants experience all aspects of a Voices project, learning strategies for connecting children to natural landscapes… fostering a love for the natural world.  


Through this workshop, participants learn how to help children work in small groups as they explore and discover a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials.  Communication skills (oral and written) are used to create, edit and publish poetry.  Digital technologies are used to document and share the art then students help layout, design and publish a full-color book of their art and poetry… or full-color posters that showcase their work.  Finally, students develop performance strategies to share their work.  


Workshop Schedule:

Friday, June 9

8:00-8:30                          Sign-in

8:30-12:00                        Welcome / Introductions / outdoor activities 

12:00-12:45                      Lunch (Brown Bag)

12:45-1:30                        Introduction to Voices Poetry

1:30-2:15                          Small group writing time

2:15-2:45                          Teaching Oral Performance

2:45-3:15                          Small group planning time

3:15-4:00                          Designing Voices books and posters


Saturday, June 10

8:30-9:00                          Discovery Walk (outdoor activity)  

9:15-10:00                        Group performance rehearsal time

10:00-11:00                      Oral Performances

11:00-11:20                      Break

11:20-12:20                      Oral Performances

12:20-1:00                        Wider Connections & Workshop Conclusion


Eventbrite - Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture





Monarch Butterfly

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies


August 3 - 4


Cost: $50 per educator.


Each fall, monarch butterflies from the U.S. and Canada begin a 2,000 mile migration to Mexico; in following spring, their great grandchildren return.  'Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies' is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences where participants are taught by a team of experienced educators that provide participants with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own.


This workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn’t limited to educators).


Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for creating butterfly gardens; Activities for any subject area; Proven models for engaging community support; On-going support.  


Class Schedule:

Thursday, August 4

8:00-8:30                             Feed Butterflies

8:30-9:00                               Door prizes; Intros; workshop buddies

9:00-9:45                               Intro to the Monarch/Milkweed/MTN story

9:45-11:00                            Life Cycle Stations/Break

11:00-11:15                          Journeys and Transformations DVD

11:15-12:15                          Rearing cages, holding cages activity

12:15-12:45                          Lunch

12:45-1:15                            Care and Feeding of Monarchs

1:15-2:00                               Milkweed Community/Gardens

1:45-2:30                               Gardens/Duke Farms

2:30-4:00                               Field Trip


Friday, August 4

8:00-8:30                             Feed Butterflies

8:30-9:00                              Morning activity and door prizes

9:00-10:15                            Sharing session, classroom activities

10:15-12:00                          Tagging and releasing Monarchs

11:45-12:00                          Journeys and Transformations DVD

12:00-12:30                          Lunch

12:30-1:15                            Migration Games                

1:15-2:15                               Learning activities

2:15-3:15                               Native Plant Greenhouse

3:15-3:30                               Wider connections (Voices project, etc)       

3:30-4:00                             Wrap-up


Eventbrite - Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies




ANJEE Autumn Conference: From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors


September 29 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM



The Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) is excited to present a day full of programs for educators at Duke Farms, a model for environmental stewardship and a more sustainable future.

Our autumn event will feature a variety of outdoor sessions designed to educate and inspire.

    • Explore natural history with local experts in birding, animal tracking, plant ID and more.

    • Learn the secrets of amazing outdoor teachers who will share their tried and true techniques.

    • Investigate NGSS aligned lesson plans, designed specifically for outdoor education.

    • Try your hand at primitive skills or learn to carve a lovely linden leaf!


Early Bird Attendee $50 (Before June 15, 2017)

Regular Attendee $60 (after June 15, 2017)


Pre and Post Conference Tour Schedule
(Advance registration is required to attend these tours.)

Farming Operations & Community Garden - 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Meadow Walk to the Orchid Range - 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sustainable Technology at the Orientation Center - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Big Tree Walk - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Waterfall Walk - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM


Interested in exhibiting at the conference? Exhibitor registration is $75 (includes one table and one attendee.)


The link below contains everything you need to register for the conference, pre and post conference tours and as an exhibitor.


Eventbrite - ANJEE Autumn Conference: From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors



Eagle Cam Education

Do you love bald eagles? Do you have creative ideas for how to use the Duke Farms Eagle Cam to bring your lessons to life for your students? Do you want to get up close and personal with a bald eagle chick?


Then CLICK HERE to find out about our Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest!


Lauren Kurzius


The winner of the 2016 Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest was Lauren Kurzius of Manville School District. Read about her experience here.

The winner of the 2015 Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest was Diane Cook of Copper Hill Elementary.


CLICK HERE to watch a video featuring Diane Cook and her banding experience.



Duke Farms has created a forum for teachers to share information and resources relevant to how the Duke Farms Eagle Cam is used for public education. Look for “Eagle Cam Teachers” on Facebook. 


The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ hosts a page on Eagle Education and features eagle e-books, lesson plans, etc. 

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