Teacher Workshops

Curriculum set out on table at teacher workshop.

Discover Nature Schools (DNS) lessons engage students through hands-on, outside activities. Students look forward to these lessons, and over a third of teachers report a decrease in student behavior issues on the days they taught DNS.

After using the DNS program, a teacher said, “I have never had a class as excited about learning science as the one I have taught this year using this curriculum.” Another teacher said, “As a teacher and Missouri taxpayer, I think that the Department of Conservation and all of the educational support it provides is, by far, the best use of my tax dollars.”

Not only are students excited about the program, but they are also learning and retaining information. Students’ test scores improved by 25 percent while using the DNS program.

Attend a DNS workshop to receive training on how to improve conservation education in your Missouri classroom, home-school class, or youth group. Learn how to incorporate our DNS curriculum in your lessons for students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade, and find out how to apply for grants.

Teacher Workshops

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Course Location DNS Unit Dates
Discover Nature Schools Teacher Certification Unbound Powder Valley Nature Center Nature Unbound 11/29/2022 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Nature Revealed (PreK) Teacher Training Columbia Bottom Nature Revealed 12/06/2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Hybrid Training Class for Teachers Laquey R-V High MO National Archery in the Schools Programs (MoNASP) 01/07/2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Kindergarten: Bears Through the Seasons Shaw Nature Reserve
Gray Summit
DNS Kindergarten 01/20/2023 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Nature Unleashed, Songbird Themed for PBL Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center Nature Unleashed 02/25/2023 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Kindergarten: DNS Teacher Training, Bears Through the Season (SW MO Area) Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center DNS Kindergarten 03/18/2023 - 10:00am to 3:00pm