Nature in our Neighborhoods Summit - Scholarship Application

Please complete the form below if you are interested in applying for a scholarship to cover the team registration fee (full or in part). 

Scholarship funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with some priority based on need.

Please click here if you wish to register without requesting a scholarship.

Please enter the name and e-mail address of each person who is attending as a part of your team.

Example:  Jane Doe, Joe Smith, etc.

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About the Event

Nature in our Neighborhoods Educator Summit

Monday, July 14–Wednesday, July 16, 2014
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden

Fee: $150 per group (Groups can be 2 to 5 individuals per school and/or district)

Kids gardening in an urban lot

Throughout St. Louis, the U.S. and the world, cities are recognizing how local biodiversity—the living organisms all around us—equate to healthier, happier, more livable, economically prosperous cities. Biodiversity is in our backyards, schoolyards, city streets, parking lots, roadside berms and balconies. Our biodiverse neighbors live in the soil underfoot and the tree canopy overhead. They clean and cool our air, prevent our streets from flooding, remove toxins from our soil and provide sustenance for people and all kinds of wildlife. To what extent can urban ecology be explored and investigated by students in ways that solve real-world problems, including environmental and economic challenges of our region?

To what extent can such investigations foster STEM-capable learners and spur interest in future real-world careers? During this 3-day experience, educators from across the St. Louis region will have the opportunity to network and share ideas on how best to integrate local biodiversity issues and ideas throughout their curriculum in ways that connect, compel and inspire. Designed for classroom educators, pre-service teachers and environmentally-minded organizations and community groups, the summit will feature keynote speakers, case study presentations, local field trips, inspiring stories/voices from across the U.S. and world and facilitated planning and discussion time.

Throughout the summit, participants will start a customized, multi-year plan, packed with grade-appropriate activities, curriculum connections, book lists, real-world career profiles and other resources relevant to their own school/community needs. The 2014 Nature in our Neighborhoods Educator Summit is convened by the Missouri Botanical Garden in collaboration with local school districts, universities and other community organizations. A light breakfast and lunch each day is included in the fee. Price is per group; teams of two to five individuals per school and/or district are encouraged to attend.

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