2021 Virtual Educator Retreat

Our Educator’s Retreat is online!

July 6-August 11, 2021

While we can’t host our beloved annual Summer Educator’s Retreat in Ithaca, we can’t miss the opportunity to join with educators to discover, learn, and network! We invite you to join us for an interactive professional development opportunity, available wherever you are. The backbone of your experience will be participating in our popular online course, Inspiring Investigations through Citizen Science. But for this “retreat,” we’re supplementing the ease of our asynchronous course with a series of weekly webinars to provide networking opportunities, meaningful discussion, and inspiration from guest presenters. The retreat will help you gain confidence and practical solutions for implementing our inquiry-based Investigating Evidence curriculum.


This professional development experience is best suited for 4-12th grade teachers, environmental educators, and STEM coordinators (but all educators are welcome!)

Required Text:

Investigating Evidence (available for free download)

Course Outcomes

After completing this course and associated webinars, you will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of teaching with inquiry and citizen science;
  • Identify the science practices developed through inquiry and citizen science;
  • Describe the complexity of the science process;
  • Support students in developing their own investigations;
  • Create an implementation plan for using science investigations in your teaching;
  • Use the Merlin and Seek apps to support participation in citizen-science projects.

Additional Information

  • The retreat is priced at $195 and includes course registration, 6 webinars, and 2.6 CEU credits from Cornell University.
  • To receive 2.6 CEU credits, you will need to:
    • Complete all quizzes, readings, and discussions in the course within the retreat timeline;
    • Submit an implementation plan;
    • Attend the webinars.
  • You will need a computer and a high-speed internet connection to complete the course.
  • Throughout these experiences, please share your personal examples and ideas so we can learn from each other.

Opportunities for Learning

  • Course: During the course, you will be asked to complete four assignments designed to track your work and notes. Plus, course quizzes are your opportunity to check your learning. Aim for at least an 80% on each quiz, but you can take each quiz as many times as you’d like. You’ll gain access to the course prior to the first webinar and continue to have access after the webinars are completed.
  • Discussion Boards: A course discussion board encourages you to interact with and learn from other course participants by both making posts and responding to your peers.
  • Webinars: Webinars are your opportunity to interact with colleagues and learn about cutting-edge opportunities from experts. You can choose to attend one of two webinars offered weekly (6:00-7:00 pm ET on Tuesdays OR 11:30 am-12:30 pm ET on Wednesdays; you can choose to attend either session). Webinars start July 6 and end August 11.