Project BEETLES – Curriculum-based Education Training

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Primary contact: Phillip Molnar, John Rudy


This training is temporarily postponed.  If/when it is rescheduled we’ll post updated info here.

Are you an NPS educator looking to build on curriculum development skills to improve offerings at your site?  This is the training you’re looking for!

Project BEETLES is leading an intensive, immersive experience to mirror the experience that National Park Service educational programs can provide for students.

Each day, participants will experience BEETLES (Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) professional learning sessions focused on applying research-based best practices of student-centered and nature-centered teaching and learning, such as using activities that support students to better understand and participate in scientific investigations.

Participants will experience student activities that exemplify pedagogical shifts in instruction, such as facilitating dialogue in peer groups as well as spending structured time with the BEETLES staff and other participants to discuss ideas; reflect on their current practice; and plan to bring these instructional shifts back to their programs and sites. Participants will have ample time for sharing existing NPS best practices with each other, collaboratively addressing the most pressing challenges, and building the foundations of a durable, ongoing professional learning community and network.

At the end of the experience, participants will walk away with practical strategies to apply to their practice as well as access to all BEETLES materials and resources, including student activities, how-to videos, discussion guides, and other implementation support publications.

Interested in attending and have more questions, or want to network with others interested in attending?  Reach out in this group.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will:

  • Explore and apply research-based best practices of student-centered teaching and pedagogical shifts in instruction
  • Reflect on ideas about teaching, learning, and scientific conceptual understanding
  • Experience field activities that help students make explanations of the natural world using evidence
  • Apply questioning strategies to current teaching practice by seeking out opportunities to incorporate broader questions

Estimated Completion Time

32 Hour/s


Learning and Development within the Interpretation and Education career field believes in professional development.  The investment made to bring this training to the NPS is rather substantial and reflects that dedication to improving the product in the field.  Please register when fully committed to participating.

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  1. As someone who was trained in the Residential Outdoor Education field before my current permanent position with the NPS, I cannot recommend more highly the BEETLES technique for engaging students in natural and scientific phenomena. Think of it as an education ranger’s tool box similar to ACE that we use for general audience interpretive programming


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