The Fresh Air Fund's Sharpe Reservation 
Earth Day Educator Workshop Information


 8:30AM  -  9:00AM     Registration
 9:00AM  - 10:00AM    Welcome & Keynote Speech
10:15AM - 11:15AM    Sharpe Workshops
11:15AM - 12:00PM     Lunch (provided)
12:15PM  -  3:30PM    Training Workshops
  3:30PM  - 4:15PM     Make & Take Hall
 4:15PM  -   4:30PM    Raffle Drawing & Closing Remarks

Sharpe Workshops (10:15AM - 11:15AM)

Dirty Water- Through a simulated historical reconstruction of the pollution of the Hudson River, participants will learn about how human activities have affected the environment. They will then attempt a hands-on cleanup or remediation effort, followed by a discussion of ways that they can have a positive effect on the environment every day.

Environmental Solutions- Participants will discuss and explore ways to reduce their ecological footprint. They will make their own cleaning product from some common ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda, and learn the difference between recyclables, compost and garbage. They will also be introduced to renewable and non-renewable energy sources and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Sensory Trail- Participants will travel blindfolded along a rope-guided course, focusing on sensory awareness and development. They will also explore the importance of other senses (such as hearing, smelling, and touching) in gathering information about the world around them.

Tracks and Trace- We do not always see the wildlife around us, but we know it exists by physical evidence in the environment. Participants will become “nature detectives” in search of Sharpe’s animal inhabitants by reading tracks and other clues animals leave where they live, die, eat, and move.

Planetarium- The Gustafson Planetarium is a fully-equipped 48-seat theatre where audiences can learn about the wonders of the night sky. Along with a view of the night sky and current constellations we’ll present an introduction to spectroscopy, “the study of light” and the historical invention of the telescope. Discover how it transformed our view of the cosmos. Includes a brief overview of the Milky Way galaxy and its place in the universe through our digital show “Two Small Pieces of Glass.”

Training Workshops (12:15PM - 3:30PM)

Flying Wild- Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. By attending this Educator Training participants will receive a copy of Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds.

Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals. CTLE credits available.

Citizen Science Projects- Scientists can’t be everywhere, so they need our help to share our observations of the natural world through citizen science. During this workshop participants will explore The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s six citizen science projects through information and hands on practice. Come prepared to explore outside as we will participate in one of the largest citizen science projects in the world, eBird! Presented by Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth K-12 Education Program. 

Teaching about Native Pollen Bees- Non-native honey bees arrived on wooden ships to a continent where nearly 4,000 species of bees were busy at work. Native pollen bees have developed unique techniques and relationships with native flowers that make them efficient and indispensable pollinators.This workshop will introduce educators to activities and techniques to teach students about native bees and their life cycles, with emphasis on how bees carry pollen. Participants will also learn how to enhance pollinator habitat including bee houses and pollinator gardens. Understanding their natural history is the first step to taking action on their behalf.

First Aid- Prepare for the unexpected with first aid training from the American Red Cross. Red Cross courses can empower you to provide care when it's needed most. First aid training prepares you to provide care to both children and adults during times of crisis. Plus, when you take a Red Cross first aid certification class, you'll receive free online access to the Red Cross’s first aid refreshers and a printable list of the basic steps for performing first aid. $15 Certification Fee

Make and Take Hall (3:30PM - 4:15PM)

Join us to wrap up the day in the Dining Hall where you will have the opportunity to create one or more projects. Learn the basic techniques for the project, discuss the history or origin and take a finished project with you. Each station will have directions on the activity to take with you to make more on your own. We’ll have a variety of projects like bird houses, paper making and recycled art, projects will vary from 10-30 minutes for completion so you’ll have time to mix and mingle, visit our Partner display tables and make and take.