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The DEP offers several professional development opportunities for classroom teachers as well as diverse enrichment programs for adults, students, environmental educators, families and other individuals. This section provides links to several training opportunities that are either administered by DEP or through one of DEP's formal partnerships or sponsorships.
The DEP sponsors four nationally recognized, award winning curriculum supplements - Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Aquatic WILD and Project WET. Each uses a natural resource - the forest, wildlife, aquatic areas or water - as foundations to teach about ecology; human impacts; conservation management and planning; uses of the resource; pollution; and other related issues. Each supplement is designed for use with students in pre-school through the secondary grades, in indoor and outdoor settings, and in all types of environments. Developed and evaluated by teachers, administrators and natural resource professionals nationwide, these supplements have been cross-referenced with the 2009 State Core Curriculum Content Standards and complement most lesson plans, instructional units and textbooks used by New Jersey teachers. The lessons are interdisciplinary, incorporate a variety of learning styles and instructional strategies, strengthen creative and critical thinking skills and require minimal preparation.
Full or half-day interactive workshops for each supplement are offered and available year-round and state-wide, and at minimal costs. While sponsored by DEP, the workshops are usually hosted by public and private schools, businesses, organizations and nature centers. Participants receive one activity guide along with New Jersey-specific supplemental materials. Specifics about the Projects are provided in this section.
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