Museum Offers Free Educator Workshops

Posted January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am     Category: NewsMuseum

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Teachers, homeschool educators, and youth group leaders – are you looking for quality professional development experiences this winter? New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum is pleased to offer free educator workshops designed to jumpstart your creativity and inspire your students.

Cape Fear Museum will offer a Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop on February 19, 2016 from 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. This award-winning environmental education program is designed for teachers and informal educators working with students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Upon completion of the workshop, educators will receive a free 400-page PLT activity guide full of interdisciplinary instructional activities that use the forest as a window into natural and human-made environments. Educators will engage in hands-on PLT activities, gain confidence in nature-based teaching, and learn how to use PLT activities to help their students develop creativity, flexibility, and higher-order thinking skills. Teachers will spend half of the workshop in the new Museum Park—an outdoor learning space that interprets how people, land, and water have intersected throughout history in the Lower Cape Fear region.

Completion of six hours is required for CEU credits and to receive the PLT activity guide. Project Learning Tree is also one of the required workshops for individuals working toward their North Carolina Environmental Education Certification. Space is limited to 25; participants must pre-register by February 12 by calling 910-798-4362 or email

“When We Were British: Mapping British Influence on Early America for the K-12 Classroom” will be offered on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “When We Were British” is a digital project that explores the influence and impact of British history and culture on the roots of early America through judiciously selected primary source documents of the National Archives in London. This serialized collection focuses on a variety of research questions that illustrate these connections and make them relevant for K-12 teaching and learning. Once curated, each set of primary sources is visualized through mapping technology and geo-historical thinking strategies in order to focus on the power of place and the role of location. With this lens, this project seeks to understand where things are found, why they are found where they are, and how these things develop and change over the course of time.

Attendees will receive an enhanced digital textbook that contains the collection. Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Geographic Alliance and the North Carolina Council for Social Studies. Space is limited; participants must pre-register by 910-798-4362 or email

Cape Fear Museum will offer Confidence in Astronomy, an astronomy teacher workshop, on April 30 from 8:30 to 11:30am, in collaboration with the UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (CESTEM). Educators will practice setting up and taking down the Starlab portable planetarium, running a star show for students, and using the solar telescope—equipment available for check-out from CESTEM.  This workshop is offered at no cost to teachers. Space is limited to 25; participants may register by calling 910-962-3168 or online at

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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