For Educators

Educator Workshops



The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers. These 3-hour to 6-hour workshops are designed to help educators incorporate environmental education into their existing curriculum. Workshops also can be done at an individual school upon request. See DEC’s  Upcoming Educator Workshops schedule for workshops at Reinstein Woods and other locations. For more information about educator workshops, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959.

This fall, Reinstein Woods will be holding a Teachers in Nature workshop series. The programs will featuring schoolyard, STEM, and place-based activities, as well as Project WILD Aquatic, Flying WILD, and Growing Up WILD. For more information about the series or to register for one or more workshop, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods sends out quarterly emails announcing upcoming workshops and other opportunities for teachers. To request that you be added to the list, send an email to: (We recommend using a personal email address since many school districts block bulk emails).

2017 Summer Teacher Institute: Field and Forest
August 2-3, 2017  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Educators of students in PreK to grade 12 will learn effective techniques to enhance their teaching!  Participants receive cross-curricular activities aligned with the Common Core and the new NYS Science Learning Standards. Topics include:

  • Project- and place-based learning
  • Forest- classroom connections from Project Learning Tree, including:
    • Focus on Forests: discover hands-on forest study for high school students
    • Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
  • Invasive Species
  • Climate change connections
  • Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange
  • WNY plant and animal identification
  • Citizen science projects

Extensive information on environmental education resources available to Western New York teachers is included in the program. Planning time is provided to infuse lessons into your existing curriculum. Up to 12 hours of in-service or continuing education credit may be available.

A $40 registration fee includes lunch on the second day. For more information, call  (716) 683-5959. The registration deadline is July 19, 2017. Click here for the registration page.
Past Institute Resources 

Please visit Summer Teacher Institute 2016 to view some of this year’s Institute resources.

Please visit Schoolyard Institute Resources to view some of 2014’s Institute resources.