Ongoing Five Rivers MetroParks Opportunities
Green Schoolyards Program
The Five Rivers MetroParks Green Schoolyards Program assists schools in developing habitat and/or vegetable gardens, which can be great ecological teaching tools that encourage connection with nature. It also supports two seedling schools each year, with additional resources to get a green schoolyard established and thriving! If your school would be interested in an initial site visit to discuss the Green Schoolyards Program, or interested in becoming one of our seedling schools for the 2019-2020 school year, please call or email Hallie Hayden. More information can be found on our website.
School Field Trips
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your 2019-2020 school year field trip to Five Rivers MetroParks! I will begin scheduling in June, so get your ideas ready! Call at least three to four weeks in advance for school field trips in the parks. Think of our parks as 16,000 acres of green schoolyard for you to use with your students. While we have guided field trip options, you're always welcome to lead students on your own adventures and we can help reserve spaces for you. Call 937-275-5059. Check out our guided programs.
Teacher Field School
Are you interested in taking students to a park but a little unsure about what to do or where to go? You may know the standards you'd like to teach, and don't need a guided experience, but still could use help planning your self-guided trip. This usually takes 90 minutes to two hours, usually after school, and helps build confidence, expand ideas and sort out logistics for your self-guided field trip. At Cox Arboretum MetroPark, grant funds help provide supplies and a backpack for teachers. Call 937-275-5059 to schedule a Teacher Field School for you and your fellow teachers.
Educator Facebook Page
Five Rivers MetroParks has created a community on Facebook to help share upcoming opportunities, helpful articles, classroom resources and as a way to communicate with fellow educators in the area. Visit Facebook for more information and to join.
To join, you will be asked two questions:
1. Where do you teach?
2. What grade level do you teach?
These questions are a way for us to verify that those looking to become members are teachers in the area. Feel free to start discussions in the group, ask questions, share ideas, and we will be sure to share resources we find as well.