Education is at the heart of what we do.
Founded just one year ago in 2016, the Gettysburg Nature Alliance already has reached 15 different schools and 45 science teachers with lessons about Gettysburg's habitat and its place in not only a regional, but also a national environmental story. Coupled with Gettysburg's rich history and heritage, highlighted by the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, the Alliance is able to marry habitat and heritage into unique educational opportunities.
The Gettysburg Nature Alliance's education goals include:
- Train teachers to teach science differently using educational research from the past 20 years (This research has been integrated into a set of new National Science standards: the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS)).
- Create science lessons that increase student interest and achievement by using authentic topics like the American Chestnut tree story, salamanders and invasive species to explain the impact of climate change on our environment
- Integrate technology into the lessons, when appropriate, including GPS/GIS, gel electrophoresis, Image J software md computer interface
- Integrate all of the above to help school systems increase their achievement on state assessments
- Demonstrate how these lessons integrate with the climate-change issues across the globe
Learn more about our teacher-training and education programs.