Teachers to Learn New Environmental Education Skills at Turtle Island’s ‘Headwaters to Sea’ Professional Development

Earn a $250 stipend to support your students learning science outdoors!

(October 10th, 2015 ; November 14th 2015 ; December 5th 2015 ; April 30th 2015)

Olema, Calif. (August 19, 2015) – The Headwaters to Sea Program encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).

The four-day, free, environmental educational workshop series for teachers incorporates the new Next Generation Science Standards and California’s Common Core State Standards into the curriculum. Teacher training and student field experiences will be provided in topics such as restoration techniques, native plant identification, rainwater harvesting and constructing rain gardens. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use lesson plans, and yearlong support from SPAWN. Field trip stipends will be made available to participating low-income schools in the Bay Area.

“I thought the workshop was great. It’s the best professional development I’ve had in a long time. I’m inspired and feel able to teach a rich science unit. I’ve been trying to integrate environmental stewardship into my science and social studies curriculum and I now have a guide and resources.” – Teacher H2S ‘14

Coho salmon along the Central Coast of California are listed as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act and have become extinct throughout the majority of coastal streams.

The workshop takes place in Marin County, just 25 miles from San Francisco, which supports the largest remaining population of the endangered Coho Salmon. The workshop will be held on the following dates: October 10th, 2015 ; November 14th 2015 ; December 5th 2015 ; April 30th 2015. Locations will vary, please inquire for further information.

Benefits for teachers:

  • $250 participation stipend
  • Collaborative Planning time
  • Curriculum resources
  • SPAWN staff support throughout the school year in class and on field trips
  • Qualification for additional transportation stipends
  • Access to overnight immersion planning support and free gear library rental
  • Introduction to new NGSS science standards and support aligning
  • Upon completion you can qualify for Continuing Education Units
  • Outdoor group management and activity support
  • A network of incredible teachers and local organizations

For more information, email 

or register at Headwaters to Sea Registration