Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop

The Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop is for K-12 teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world and learn to incorporate the study of natural history into their classrooms. We’ll teach you the skills you need to identify local plants, birds and insects. We’ll also share some lessons you can use in your classroom to engage your students in hands-on science lessons that meet Next Generation Science Standards.

Monday June 3rd or Thursday June 13th from 8:30am – 3:30pm
OPI and SD2 step-up credits available

Course co-instructor Heather Bilden is the community programs coordinator at the Montana Audubon Center. She has her MEd in Environmental Education through a joint program with the Teton Science School and MSU-Billings. She has been teaching place-based nature education programs in Billings since 2008. Course co-instructor Alina Garner is the school programs coordinator at the Montana Audubon Center. She has a BS in Biology. She has developed and led school programs in Billings for the past two years.

How to Enroll: Visit the Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop website

Master Naturalist Course

This course is designed for adults who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world. We’ll explore everything from birds and insects to geology and plant ID. You’ll hone your naturalist skills as we practice journaling, animal tracking, and the art of observation.

The course meets weekly for 12 weeks on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8pm (March 6 – May 22) and includes two Saturday field trips (April 27 and May 18). The course fee is $250/person ($225 for Audubon Center members).

Official Master Naturalist Certification is available from the Montana Natural History Center for an additional $100 (to be arranged in the second week of class). The course has been approved for 40 OPI credits. We are also pursuing approval for step-up credits with School District #2 and professional development credits with MSU-B’s extended campus.

Course instructor Heather Bilden is the community programs coordinator at the Montana Audubon Center. She has her MEd in Environmental Education through a joint program with the Teton Science School and MSU-Billings. She has been teaching place-based nature education programs in Billings since 2008.