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CIB's 2017 Sierra Institute: Biodiversity and Climate: Impacts of a Changing Water Cycle
Price includes meals, lodging, and materials.
The 2017 Institute will investigate the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts Cause & Effect and Systems & System Models looking at the impacts of a changing water cycle on systems and biodiversity within and across California habitats. We will also examine how climate change affects water cycles and processes in California and around the world. We will be including lesson and materials from the HHMI BioInteractive Holiday lecture series, Ecology of Rivers and Coasts: Foodwebs and Human Impacts, and including interactive media and short videos.
Join scientists, educators, and naturalists in the Sierra Nevada for this 4-day residential exploration of Cause & Effect and Systems & System Models. We will focus on connecting the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards to K-12 teaching practices, all in support of school and district implementation of the new standards. Attendees also will learn how to include outdoor lessons, citizen science, environmental stewardship projects, and wildlife cams into their curriculum whether in a rural, suburban, or urban district.
Nestled in the mid-elevation Sierra Nevada forest, Camp Green Meadows boasts breathtaking views, rippling on-site creeks, and boundless opportunities for field investigation. The Institute will model the intersection of NGSS and key environmental issues schools are challenged to address, including climate change, environmental science and literacy, and human impacts on California ecosystems and watersheds.
Optional college credit will be available. Instructors include Ph.D. scientists and educators from UC Berkeley, CIB, and UC San Diego, as well as Sierra Nevada naturalists and curriculum specialists. Partners for the 2017 Sierra Institute include HHMI BioInteractive and UC San Diego.
After the 2017 Sierra Institute, attendees will have the option of signing up for the three-day and four night Yosemite Field Institute where we will be camping, exploring, and diving deeper into the effects of water and climate on Yosemite National Park; Sunday-Thursday July 9-13th.
Fees: $499; $449 with 2 or more from your school district or credential program
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- Thursday, July 6: 12:30pm - 8pm
- Friday, July 7: 8am - 8pm
- Saturday, July 8: 8am - 8pm
- Sunday, July 9: 8am - 2pm
- Optional additional programming:
- July 9-July 12 CIB's Field Institute: Climate and Water- from Glacier to Valley, Camping in Yosemite National Park
Includes camping Sunday July 9th before program begins and Wednesday July 12th after program ends
We will be staying at Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School at Camp Green Meadows in Fish Camp, CA, inside the Sierra National Forest. Part of the course will also take place inside Yosemite National Park. Please use the following driving directions because online maps tend to send you on dirt roads where your car could get stuck. When arriving in Fish Camp, you should see a sign for Green Meadows on your right. Turn right on the road directly after that and follow signs for Green Meadows or Jack L. Boyd to reach the outdoor school. We encourage carpooling and we will send out an email list for that purpose closer to the date of the institute.
Cell phone coverage has improved at Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School, but there is a pay phone on campus should you need it. There will be wifi access as well.
Housing and Meals
Housing and meals are provided in the registration fee. The housing for the Sierra Institute consists of bunk beds in cabins. We try our best to split people up equally and with enough space so that everyone is comfortable. If you are worried about the snoring of others, we suggest that you bring earplugs. Camping outside is not allowed.
Meals are offered every day in the dining hall. Please eat lunch BEFORE you arrive on July 6th, as only dinner will be provided on that day. If lunchtime occurs during a hiking period, you will receive a bag lunch to bring on the hike. Vegetarian meal options will be provided, but please let us know if you are a vegetarian. If you have any special dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring your own food. Any food you bring must be stored in the cafeteria. Food cannot be stored in cabins as it can attract mice.
We will provide you with the following:
- Your own field journal
- A teacher packet with hands-on activities presented during the course
- Data collection equipment (e.g., temperature gauges, sampling tools, etc.)
We ask that you bring:
- A backpack/daypack large enough to fit a lunch and a small journal
- A reusable water bottle
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Sun screen
- Camera and binoculars (if you have them; we will have several sets of binoculars to share if you do not have your own)
- Pillow and bed linens or a sleeping bag
- Toiletries and towels
- Any musical instrument you might like to entertain the group with by the campfire - optional, of course
Be prepared for a range of temperatures. Sierra Nevada summers can be very warm in the day and cool at night.
We will be at an elevation of 5000 feet, walking and hiking a considerable amount of time each day. Walking at least 20 minutes per day now will make hiking at that altitude easier and your experience more enjoyable. Break in your shoes before you get there!
Most mornings there will be optional early morning birding. We will let you know what time it begins the evening before.
CIB courses allow you to earn academic units. This institute is accredited through Fresno State and will be worth roughly three graduate units. In the past, the cost for that unit amount has been $225. You will be able to sign-up during the June registration period. For more information on university requirements and transcript requests, visit our Academic Credit page. We will update this section with the exact unit amount and cost as soon as we know.
Cancellation & More Information
While registration fees are non-refundable, we understand that plans change. If you need to drop out of the course, would like more information, or are having trouble registering for the course, please email our Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org