Attention Teachers: Act 48 Credits Available through PPL Electric Utilities Teacher Workshops

Teachers can earn credits toward their Act 48 requirements when they attend PPL Electric Utilities Teacher Workshop Sessions this summer. This year’s workshops are titled Sustainability through Energy Efficiency. The workshops are designed to reinforce and expand teachers’ knowledge of sustainable practices with a focus on energy efficiency.

Practical knowledge will be reinforced with hands-on activities analyzing how we use energy and how to reduce energy use. Participants will be actively engaged in discussions of best practices in energy management for the home and school, in the areas of lighting, heating and cooling, weatherization, water heating, appliances, electronics, demand side response measures, etc.

Activities will include the use of Kill A Watt® monitors to compare energy use of small electric devices, conducting a lighting audit of the workshop location, testing insulating materials, and creation of an action plan to reduce energy use at home and school.

Three one-day energy efficiency and sustainably workshops will be offered in July. Teachers that attend are trained to become Energy Patrol leaders and will receive hands-on training on how to mentor a patrol group and then work with students, creating an Energy Action Patrol to help the whole school become more aware of the importance of conservation and energy efficiency.

Visit http://www.pplelectric.com/e-power/learn/teacher-workshop-sessions.htm for more information on how to register.

October programs at PPL Martins Creek Preserve

Autumn is here! Come take a walk with us on the Tekening Trails to enjoy the beautiful colors, learn about the fall raptor migration or get tips for conserving energy in your home. After all, October is Energy Awareness Month.

Autumn Walk n’ Talk
Sunday, Oct. 2
1-2:30 p.m.
Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center
Presenter: Bud Cole, Three B’s Nature Center

Join us for a fall walk through the fields and along the fencerows of the Tekening Trails.  The lush grow of summer is past.  Plants have stored away energy for next spring’s awakening and animals race against time to prepare for winter.  Bud Cole of Three B’s Nature Center will lead us on another of his Walk n’ Talk hikes through the Tekening Woods to enjoy the beautiful fall colors of autumn.  Please dress for the weather.  This program is free but registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact PPL at 570-542-2886 or pplpreserves@pplweb.com.

Raptor ID
Saturday, Oct. 15
6-7:30 p.m.
Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center
Presenter: Pennsylvania Raptor & Wildlife Association

The Pennsylvania Raptor and Wildlife Association return to talk about the natural history and biology of raptors. See live birds up close and learn what puts these winged predators at the top of nature’s food chain. Refine your identification skills during this time of raptor migration. The program is free. For directions, please visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on “Martins Creek” then select “Directions.”

Home and Backyard Conservation Teacher Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 20
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center

The NCCD in partnership with PPL, Martins Jacoby Watershed Association (MJWA), Penn State Agricultural Extension, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be offering an Act 48 continuing education workshop for teachers titled: “Home and Backyard Conservation: What Can You Do?”  The workshop will be a combination of classroom instruction and activities as well as field work to construct Best Management Practices (BMPs) and a tour of the Welcome Center grounds which has a vast number of conservation practice already at work.  The goal of the workshop is to introduce educators to BMPs they can use in their classrooms, or at their school, to encourage their students to use the practices in their households.  We will be constructing various conservation practices that the attendees will be able to bring back to their classrooms for demonstration.
 
Please call the conservation district and reserve your seat now if you are interested, as the class size is restricted.  A $10 registration fee will be required to reserve your seat. Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Visit www.pplpreserves.com for more information and directions. I hope to see you soon!

Alana

Hey, teachers! Looking for summer classes for Act 48?

Huh? There’s a “summer school” for teachers?

Teachers can earn credits toward their Act 48 requirements when they attend one of the various teacher workshops hosted by PPL this summer. Topics will include WIldlife Forensics, Growing Up WILD, Nuclear Energy Seminar for Teachers (NEST) and some more of the popular THINK! ENERGY with E-power workshops. The courses will help enhance and expand knowledge on a variety of topics including sustainable practices for reduced energy usage, energy efficiency, safe operation of nuclear power as well as some wildlife biology. Participants will receive classroom materials and activities correlated to Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Best of all, you get a free lunch!

Visit http://www.pplweb.com/community+partners/our+education+programs/tea+registration.htm for information on how to register. We hope to see you this summer!

Four professional development workshops planned for summer

Are you looking for professional development opportunities?  Register now for PPL’s Teaching Environmental Awareness (TEA) workshops. Over  the last decade, the high-quality instructional materials, presented by nationally known and well-respected professionals, have attracted hundreds of educators from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Wildlife Forensics – CSI for the Classroom

Thursday, June 23
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
PPL Montour Preserve
Presented by: Dan Lynch & Cheryl Trewella, PA Game Commission
Advanced registration required.

This workshop will focus on techniques and activities that teachers can use to bring wildlife crime solving into the classroom. Crime scene television shows are at an all time high and using science and clues to solve crimes is a great way to get students involved in both the sciences and the environment. Determining time of death, identification of animal species, tracking, forensic entomology and collecting evidence are all topics that will be explored. All the forensic activities will be correlated with the appropriate environment and ecology standards. Participants should expect to be involved in hands on activities both indoors and outside. Rain gear and comfortable walking shoes are a must. Act 48 hours are available. Advanced registration required—call 570-437-3131 or e-mail jdbeam@pplweb.com.

Growing Up Wild

Friday, June 24
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Susquehanna Energy Information Center
Presenter: Diane Madl, Environmental Education Specialist Supervisor,
Nescopeck State Park
Advanced registration is required. Call toll-free 1-866-832-3312.

Learn how to build on young children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them. During the five-hour workshop, participants will sample activities and receive a curriculum and activity guide. Activities are designed for 3-7 year olds and are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains. Teachers, informal educators and early childhood caregivers may take the training.
ACT 48 credits are available to participating teachers. This program is PQAS (PA Quality Assurance System) approved. Space is limited and you must preregister. To register, call the Riverlands at 1-866-832-3312.

Wildlife Forensics – CSI for the Classroom

Thursday, July 14, 2011
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (refreshments at 8:30 a.m.)
PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center
126 PPL Drive, Hawley, PA 18428
Instructors: Dan Lynch & Cheryl Trewella, PA Game Commission
Advanced registration is required.

This workshop will focus on techniques and activities that teachers can use to bring wildlife crime solving into the classroom. Crime scene television shows are at an all time high and using science and clues to solve crimes is a great way to get students involved in both the sciences and the environment. Determining time of death, identification of animal species, tracking, forensic entomology and collecting evidence are all topics that will be explored. All the forensic activities will be correlated with the appropriate environment and ecology standards. Participants should expect to be involved in hands on activities both indoors and outside. Rain gear and comfortable walking shoes are a must. Act 48 hours are available. Registration is required. To register, please contact Meg Welker, PPL supervisor of public programs at 570-253-7076 or mewelker@pplweb.com.

Nuclear Energy Seminar for Teachers (NEST)

Monday-Friday, July 25-29
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Susquehanna Energy Information Center
Presenter: Dr. David Simpson, Bloomsburg University and PPL staff
Advanced registration is required. Call toll-free 1-866-832-3312.

This course will provide educators with objective, up-to-date information about the fundamentals of nuclear power, and related nuclear power issues, emerging use of nuclear isotopes in the medical field and the safe and secure operation of PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant. The course is taught by Dr. David Simpson, professor at Bloomsburg University, using PPL onsite facilities at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant as well as some off-site field trips. Classes include lectures, discussions, hands-on learning activities, field trips and tours with specialized staff from PPL and other nuclear industry agencies. ACT 48 credits are available for participating teachers.