Conservation Educator Academy

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2019 CEA Calendar (Check here for updates as the Academy start date approaches)


Read these files to help you learn about teaching science as inquiry


Elements of Inquiry - NRC, 2000

Inquiring Scientists Want to Know - Colburn, 2004

Simplifying Inquiry Instruction - Bell et al, 2005

Planning Instruction for the NGSS (Krajcik et al, 2014)

The 5E Model of Instruction - BSCS, 2005

Assessment Strategies for Inquiry-Centered Science - and Price, 1994

Assessment and the 5E Model - Abell & Volkmann, 2006



Download these presentations from Dr. Tom and from our guest speakers

CEA Overview

Defining Inquiry


Observation Task

Assessments and Activities - slides to help plan lessons

Observation Discussion - slides from the final day



Download these templates to help you plan your inquiry lesson.


Lesson Plan Template

"My Inquiry Journal"

Observation Data Table Templates


Click the links to visit sites that will support your learning and lesson planning


2019 Google Drive - for sharing files

Indiana Academic Standards - Science and Computer Science (2016)

Next Generation Science Standards (2013)

List of Resources for Animal Trafficking (in PDF format)

EDDMaps - Report Invasive species using this website

Zero-Waste Reusable Bags

The STEM Connection - sign up for the newsletter or plan an event for teachers or students.E

Guests' Presentations

These files are copies of presentations from
previous CEA workshops

Cerulean Warbler Research Lab - see the 2017 Google Drive link above

Little River Wetland Project

Indy Wildlife Watch - Butler's camera trap monitoring project.

Indiana Wildlife Federation - slides from

Past Cohort's Links

Links to resources from past Cohorts

2018 Google Drive - for sharing files

CEA 2017 Google Drive

The Ara Project - parrots and macaws

Cerulean Warbler Research Lab (Dr. Islam)

Conservation Tales books

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Merlin Bird ID app

The LoCATor tracking device

Nature Bound Bug Vacuum (Target)

Backyard Safari Bug Vacuum (The tool of choice at Oakland University) 

Wild Adventure Lazer Bug Sucker (Dr. McConnell's favorite model!)

One last "Bug Sucker" - Oh, wait! This is completely different!

Ohio Bee Identification Guide - PDF to help you identify bees!

Bug Guide - Native Bees of North America - a useful guide to bee families

USDA Guide to Bees - PDF format

Great Pollinator Project - Bee types

Little River Wetland Project at Eagle Marsh, Fort Wayne, IN

The Nature Conservancy (Indiana)

Global Agriculture

Hoosier Riverwatch

Heart of the Tippy - freshwater mussel conservation

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts - includes link to "local districts"

Zoo Genetics Plus+ - activities for teaching genetics using zoo info