Inquisitive by Nature?
Expand your Mind!
Fall Workshops and
naturalists with a passion for teaching and a respect
for our environment will present a series of hands-on
educational workshops, activities and outdoor adventures
for those who want to explore, embrace, protect and
enjoy our natural world.
Botanist Bill Olson will teach participants to use
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide to easily identify common
wildflowers using a step-by-step process based on plant
structure. You can practice your skills during a
wildflower walk on our Woodlands campus. Copies of
guide on loan for workshop. Feel free to bring
along "mystery" plants for identification. September
21,1 pm to 4 pm. Cost is $15; $5 for students.
Nature Photography Two Day
Professional photographer and artist Timothy Butler
invites you to approach photography from an artist's
perspective. Review basic techniques and learn to
apply artistic and lighting principles to enhance
images. Offers a mix of hands-on learning,
shooting, image critique and tips from several
accomplished nature photographers on developing a
photographic eye. Bring along a digital camera of your
choosing and dress to be outdoors. September 27
and October 11, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $50 for
both days; $25 for students.
Fishes of NEPA
Splash around in a local waterways with biologist
Dr. Jerry Skinner and use seines, dip nets and
electrofishing to view, identify and learn about
common, overlooked and endangered fish and their
habitats. October 4, 9 am to 3 pm, $40,
includes lunch; $20 for students. ACT 48 HOURS
Guided Hike of the Howard
Jennings Nature Preserve -
Howard Jennings, for whom the Preserve was named,
for an interpretive hike along the Water Discovery,
Streamside and Nokomis Forest Stewardship Trails.
October 18, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Free
Fall Foliage & Nature Photography Bus Tour
Travel the scenic back roads to some of our favorite
places, enjoy inspiring photo opportunities, receive
in-the-field photo composition tips and learn about
our natural world during this beautiful time of
Autumn splendor. Amateur nature photographer Sharon
Burke and botanist Bill Olson will be your excursion
guides. October 19, 9 am to 3 pm. $50,
to Write a Children's Book with Award Winning Author &
Illustrator Lindsay Barrett George –
If you have ever had an idea for a children's story but
didn't know where to start, don't miss this workshop!
Lindsay, who specializes in nature stories, will share
her wonderful talent to help you develop your ideas and
take these from concept to a finished story that comes
alive for young readers. She also demonstrates how
teachers can use her techniques to help students develop
critical thinking and writing skills. ACT 48 HOURS
AVAILABLE. November 8, 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is
$40; $20 for students.
is limited. Call (570) 945-8555 to register today!
Courses for educators and community members -
Dates to be announced.
includes ACT 48 Hours,
instruction, education materials, classroom resources,
field trips and breakfast and lunch. These courses
also provide options to earn the following credits at an
additional fee noted. NEIU-19 CPE - $315,
plus registration; 3 Wilkes University Graduate Credits
- $1,233, plus registration; 3 Keystone College Undergraduate Credits - $1,200,
registration fee waived.
Explorers (grades K-6)
are one of the most basic units of our natural world
– they sustain life, supply our drinking water,
support industry and provide habitat to plants and
animals. Activities that occur in one portion of a
watershed directly impact every organism living in
downstream waterways and land. This hands-on course
explores the essential role of water, the
interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues,
and strategies for watershed protection. Key topics
include human impact on the watershed, water
movement through the forest, applied stream ecology,
water quality monitoring, drinking water quality,
ground water issues, global water issues, lake
ecology and wetlands. Field experiences include
visits to Proctor & Gamble, Lazy Brook Park,
Lackawanna River and Lake Manataka.
Also Offering a 3 day "Field
Experience" option for ACT 48 Hours Only.
of Northeast Pennsylvania Hybrid Course (grades
This hybrid course combines 3 days of online
instruction with 2 days of field work led by
Keystone College Geology Professor Ian Saginor.
Online activities include modeling geologic
formations and using Google Earth to investigate
real world geologic phenomena. The course
culminates in 2 days of field trips throughout
Northeast PA, where participants learn about the
geologic history of the region and will be
introduced to the tools of a practicing geologists
and learn how to use them to better understand the
world around us.
Climate Change & the Energy
Challenge (grades 7-12)
This course engages participants to understand the
natural trends in climate change over geologic
history, investigate the parameters and assumptions
involved in climate prediction; and explore
alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and
nuclear. Participants will also learn about
sustainability practices that support responsible
resource management. Opportunities will be
provided to discuss natural gas opportunities and
issues and learn about electric vehicle technology.
Field experiences include visits to a wind farm,
Proctor & Gamble and a natural gas well drill site.
Forests & Society (grades
Actively managed forests sustain the eco system
while assuring renewable resources are available to
future generations. This course explores the
concepts of forest stewardship, providing an
understanding of the importance of forest literacy
in education. Topics include tools of
forestry/forest industry, national and Pennsylvania
forest resources, tree identification, conservation
history, white tailed deer, invasive species,
forested watersheds, riparian buffers, urban
forestry, and forest products, challenges, pests and
sustainability. Field experiences include visits to
Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Deer Park
Lumber, Grey Towers National Historic Site and the
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Fauna of Pennsylvania (grades K-12)
This course will teach you to identify plants and
animals of Northeast PA and offers an intensive
study of the interrelationships, behaviors and
adaptations that support their biological success.
Through a combination of laboratory investigations,
brief class discussions and extensive time in the
field, participants will gain an understanding of
how living things adapt and adjust to maintain
themselves as they balance the influence s of nature
and man. Topics include birds (including banding),
mammals, insects, amphibians, flowering plants,
“lower” plants, mushrooms and aquatic organisms.
Collecting, photographing, preparing and curating
specimens will be demonstrated.
July 28 -
for Week-Long Courses:
Courses for Educators
Photography and Blogging
Area nature photographers provide digital
photography basics with an emphasis on composition,
effective use of light, developing a photographic
vision and digital photo manipulation through camera
settings and no or low cost editing programs. The
workshop also introduces the use of photography and
blogging as interactive educational tools that
expand learning to a global environment.
Participants will be challenged to create a photo
journal and blog that highlight their personal
connection to nature, using Keystone’s Woodlands
campus as a canvas,
October 4 -
for Short Courses:
Select Keystone College Field Biology Courses
are now open to the community at special non-credit
Space is limited.
Spring offerings to be posted shortly. *Keystone
students receive first preference.
Field Biology Courses
call (570) 945-8555 for more information.