Teacher Professional Development
Join the McCall Outdoor Science School for engaging professional development experiences designed to build your scientific literacy, connect you to colleagues and expose you to leading edge research. Join us face-to-face or connect with us from a distance: we offer two on-site workshops per year, as well as an online webinar series from November through May. University of Idaho credit is available and many of these opportunities offer a generous stipend. Our face-to-face institutes occur at our McCall Field Campus on beautiful Payette Lake and have a rustic retreat atmosphere complemented by healthy and delicious food.
Teacher Education Programs
The McCall Outdoor Science School partners with the University of Idaho's College of Education to offer a unique experience for pre-service teachers and MOSS graduate students. Undergraduates in the College of Education pursuing their Education and Teaching Certificate come to MOSS for a one week immersion in outdoor teaching. Education students come to MOSS toward the end of their teacher training curriculum at the beginning of either the fall or spring semester. They participate in the MOSS program both as a learner and a teacher, creating a rich and unique experience that will diversify and add to their teacher training.
During the day, education students head out into the field with MOSS graduate student instructors to learn about the geology, ecosystems, water ecology, energy systems, and local plant and animal adaptations of Ponderosa State Park. They learn about the outdoor science topics and team building games that are used with the MOSS curriculum. As education students are learning about teaching outdoor science to their future students, they are also participating in a conversation about teaching with the MOSS graduate students. This learning experience is mutually beneficial as they share ideas, content, and brainstorm new methods for teaching students.
These quotes from College of Education students demonstrate the positive impact this partnership provides:
"MOSS is what every educational experience should be, but isn’t. At MOSS you are immersed in the ultimate science lab, our natural world. I found I learned while on the way to learning, simply because when in such an environment one can’t help but wonder."
"My experience at MOSS showed me how place based education can really inspire students and get them thinking and questioning on their own. Growing up I never really looked forward to my STEM based classes but after going to MOSS and seeing how easy it is for me to integrate STEM into my classroom and get students excited and engaged, I feel much more confident that I will be able to break the stereotype of boring science and math classes and get my students outside and into the community and really seeing how STEM affects our daily lives and how fun it can be exploring new places, coming up with questions, experimenting with technology, and becoming true scientists. I think that my new passion for place based and inquiry based education will benefit my students greatly!"