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NGSS Training for Educators 


  • Engage in aspen and pika research

  • Explore the social and ecological implications of wolves

  • Connect and collaborate with a community of peers


How do wolves impact aspen trees? What does an American pika sound like, and what can they tell us about climate change? Investigate the answers to these questions and more as you explore high alpine meadows, delve into the consequences of species extirpation and habitat destruction, and discuss how to create positive change. Come away with phenomena-based, inquiry-driven lesson plans that will connect your students to the natural world—and change the way they see their relationship to the environment. This course is open to all levels of informal or formal educators; no application is needed to enroll.


All of EPI's Professional Development Programs for teachers demonstrate progressive, inquiry-driven teaching methods that will introduce more exploration into your classroom. Tuition includes onsite transportation and room and board. Graduate credits are available through a separate registration process.

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Your Fieldwork

Home (away from home) on the range

Two principle phenomena we’ll engage with are the current and future reality of the American pika, and the ecology of aspen forests. Both of these phenomena are being impacted by humans in unique ways. The pika, limited to cooler alpine and subalpine environments, is facing a future in a warmer world where they must climb to higher ground to find suitable habitat, creating more disconnected islands of refuge.

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