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CPW Teacher Institutes
CPW Teacher Institutes

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TEN) and Outdoor Understanding for Teachers (OUT) are site-based outdoor teacher institutes for teachers across the state.

These locally-focused 2-5 day courses feature experiences and activities from a variety of partner organizations. Designed to help teachers explore local resources with their students, all course content is standards-based and hands-on. 

​Workshops also feature activities from award-winning resources like Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Project WET. Participants walk away with a wide variety of grade-appropriate, standards-based resources for their classroom.

An important feature of the CPW teacher institute program is that local educators and natural resource agency staff are involved in all aspects of the planning and training processes. These Core Team members choose the field sites, compiled the curriculum, designed the workshops and lead the training programs.

Teachers learning a TEN activity.Program Goals
  • Give teachers the tools, skills and curriculum necessary to provide students with a quality environmental education experience in their classroom and during field trips

  • Support teachers taking students outdoors

  • Help teachers meet Colorado Academic Standards

Site Kits

Participants go over over an activity during a Fremont TEN workshop.Once educators have participated in the TEN or OUT courses, most of the programs have site kits available. These kits will have the equipment, education props and tools required for teachers to use with their students.

Past participants can check with your regional education coordinator for these resources.

A Sample Activity from TEN​—Pika Playground