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Eco Lab: A Complete Montessori Elementary Science Curriculum

Wednesday, March 20 | 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Pre-Conference Intensives
  • Workshop
  • Elementary I
  • Elementary II
Cost: $225

This workshop will lead Elementary teachers through the Eco Lab program—an enriching, nature-focused curriculum, encompassing earth science, physics, chemistry, biology, agriculture, astronomy, and zoology—for both Lower and Upper Elementary programs. We’ll review two 3-year rotating curriculum structures, one for Lower Elementary and one for Upper, replete with hundreds of engaging indoor activities and outdoor experiences, guided by specific directions for teachers. You’ll also learn how to adapt these curricula when creating your own album for your specific school environment and limitations.

The first part of the afternoon will demonstrate classes and practical activities, from how to conduct a nature hike to presenting class materials in an outdoor setting, that enhance the understanding of ecological concepts. In the second part of the afternoon, we will explore the Eco Lab program holistically. You’ll receive an Eco Lab skeleton album and curriculum resource guide to adapt and take home. Please note: Attendance is required for the entire workshop.

Presented by:
Geoffrey E. Bishop, Mirko Sever

Geoffrey E. Bishop, ArcD, is the executive director and founder of Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School, in Mukwonago, WI. AMS-credentialed (Administrator).

Mirko Sever, MS, is director of outreach for Nature’s Classroom Institute and Environmental Education Inc., in Angelus Oaks and Ben Lomond, CA.