Central Valley Science Project

A "Professional Home" for K-16 teachers of science.

Fresno and Central Valley Science

Summer Institute 2013

On-line Summer Institute Application - click here

June 21-27, 2013.  

Ecological Studies of Yosemite and the San Joaquin River:  A STEM Summer Institute

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  • Expanded investigation of the science and engineering practices, with specific focus on constructing explanations,
  • Developing and using models,
  • Designing solutions and engaging in argument from evidence,
  • Use regional and global resources to enhance the learning experience and help students achieve
  • Experience Yosemite National Park and San Joaquin River as the learning environment
  • Design and create a “flipped classroom” lesson of your choice
  • Conduct field investigations using the scientific and engineering practices and the new vision for science education in the United States
  • Learn how to use the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in your instruction
  • Earn optional university credit
  • Receive a stipend for attending and completing the summer institute (eligible teachers only).

Application and attendance in a 2 hour technology orientation session is required for one of the 25 spots available. Applications due by or before June 5.

Instructions with directions and equipment list will be emailed by June 10.



Technology & Institute Orientation - June 20, 2013 - 3 p.m. at Scout Island.

Friday, June 21 - 27, 2013 (Friday - Thursday)

  • Green Meadows Camp in Fish Camp - June 21-23 (residential).
  • Scout Island Environmental Education Center (Fresno) - June 24-27 (commuter).

Travel to sites is the responsibility of each participant. Car pooling is advised and encouraged. Car pool lists will be shared during the orientation session (June 17).

Ecological Studies of Yosemite and the San Joaquin River: A STEM Summer Institute

The Central Valley Science Project is offering a unique summer institute experience integrating field study activities to better understand the ecological processes that have produced alpine and riparian habitat zones. Participants will explore issues affecting the ecology of these habitats such as water and wetland resources, climate change, and human impact. Topics are covered in depth, giving teachers the resources to explore these issues and the human impacts on this dynamic system.  Teachers will work as teams of scientists in the field to collaborate, problem solve, and present findings to each other. Investigations will incorporate scientific and engineering practices with current technologies available to collect data, sharpen observation skills, and enhance essential workplace skills. This intensive course will also introduce the structure of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards,

Course participants should be in reasonably good physical condition and able to hike up to several miles over variable terrain. This is a field study course which will involve travel and a number of hikes of various lengths at elevations from 50 to 6,000 feet above sea level. After an initial 2-hour orientation and technology workshop at Scout Island (June 20), the balance of the institute will take place at field sites (Green Meadows in Fish Camp, and Scout Island in Fresno).

The Green Meadows site (June 21-23) is residential with lodging and meals provided. Lodging is rustic camp-barracks style and meals are cafeteria style dining. A list of required supplies and materials will be provided with confirmation of acceptance into the program.

Applications are due by June 5. $50 deposit required to reserve spot. $50 forfeited if you do not show up.

Questions? Contact Jerry Valadez - jdvscience@yahoo.com


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Comment by Eric Hagen on April 25, 2013 at 1:52pm

Jerry I am sorry, I could not work out the conflict on dates. I will be unable to attend but I have been encouraging other staff at my school to attend. Sorry I can not be there.

Comment by Eric Hagen on April 16, 2013 at 9:59am

I have not filled out application yet because I may have a conflict in dates. I am trying to work it out this week. Hope I can go. I am telling others about it.

Comment by Eric Hagen on March 29, 2013 at 12:46pm

How do I get an application? Says they are available March 20th...

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