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School Garden Professonial Learning Series 

These Saturday morning sessions (9:00 AM - Noon) will be hands-on opportunities to expand your students' outdoor learning experiences with STEM and science activities. Each session features different instructors and some are grade level-specific. Register through ENGAGE.

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Course Schedule: January - May 2020
Garden Chemistry

Garden Chemistry

Date: Saturday 1/11/20  
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Fernbank Science Center
Capacity: 25 teachers
Instructor: Mary Breen, Fernbank Science Center
Course #25070 Register in Engage 

Come discover the color changing properties of cabbage plants in the garden. We all admire different colored plant leaves that make nature so beautiful and vibrant. Come learn how we can use the common cabbage plant to identify chemical properties of common liquids through colorful chemical reactions. All participants will make and take their very own supply of color indicators to use for demonstrations and/or hands on science labs in their classroom. 

Emory Herbarium

Creating a School Herbarium

Date: Saturday, 2/8/20 
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Fernbank Science Center
Capacity: 25 teachers
Instructor: Emory University Herbarium Faculty
Course #25071 Register in Engage 

What is an herbarium and why would you want to create one for your class or school? By the end of this session, you will be able to answer these questions and you’ll be excited to start your own school herbarium. Through creating an herbarium, your students will identify and classify plants that grow in your schoolyard, and press, mount and label specimens for future students to study. Learn more at https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/emoryherbarium/
Sunlight in the Garden

Let the Light Shine Down: Light, Art and Chemical Reactions

Date: Saturday, 3/7/20  
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Fernbank Science Center
Capacity: 25 teachers
Instructor: Mary Breen, Fernbank Science Center
Course # 25072 Register in Engage

The sun provides the earth with so much light! Plants can't survive without the sun. Come join us this Saturday to capture some of this fabulous light and create nature pictures with a chemical reaction fueled by the energy of the sun. Teachers will be provided with enough materials to repeat this experiment with their class.  

Plant Histology

Garden Microscopy

Date: Saturday, 5/9/20  
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Fernbank Science Center
Capacity: 25 teachers
Instructor: Doug Hamby, Fernbank Science Center
Course #25073  Register in Engage

This class will help bring small things into focus for your students to study. Using a variety of scopes, you will look at moss, ferns, worms, and other garden life. You will also examine fossils, rocks and minerals. You will learn how to compare what you can see at different strengths and cover topics related to life cycles, rocks and minerals, cells, classification and more.  

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Contact Kyla Van Deusen at kvandeusen@fernbank.edu or 678-874-7138