Get Outside for NGSS: Environmental Literacy Workshops

Join NatureBridge and Project WET for an exciting exploration of the Santa Monica Mountains and California's pathway to environmental literacy with a focus on the Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&Cs).

The workshops will support your understanding of California's science frameworks and how they emphasize place-based and outdoor environmental learning strategies. 

About the workshop presenter, Kurt Holland
Kurt's teaching experience includes formal classrooms where he has taught oceanography, navigation, and meteorology at Orange Coast College, middle school chemistry/physics at SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House), and officer licensing for the U.S. Coast Guard. Kurt serves as an Advisory Board Member for Heal the Bay and California Project WET and is on the Teacher Advisory Committee for TreePeople. Kurt has thirteen years experience designing, facilitating, and leading highly engaging professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal classroom educators focusing on Science, STEM, and Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) practices. 

About NatureBridge
Since 1971, NatureBridge has been a leader in environmental education, providing residential programs for schools in some of the country's most ecologically diverse national parks. NatureBridge's envrionmental science programs reinforce classroom curriculum, connect students to the natural world, and inspire lifelong learning through hands-on science.


Diamond X Ranch

Circle X Ranch

When & Where:

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area


  • Saturday, April 28 for Teachers Grades 6-12 | Circle X Ranch, Malibu, CA

*Part of the workshop will be held outside on the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. Dress weather-appropriate, bring close-toe shoes, hat, and sunscreen. 


  • $20 includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Registration is non-refundable. 

You Will:

  • Experience an Environmental Five E (E5E) Instructional Sequence
  • Make sense of natural systems using the Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs)
  • Learn instructional strategies with specially designed learning materials which will educate, empower, and support student action on environmental issues
  • Receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 and access to the Coastal Commission's new California Coastal Voices: Exploring Coastal Science, Engineering and Policy, a project learning guide and online toolkit



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