EarthFest Educator’s Night to provide resources for K-12 teachers

Arizona K-12 teachers can get free environmental education resources that meet state standards, attend a complimentary environmental education workshop and apply for one of two scholarship programs at Arizona Forward’s EarthFest Educators Night.

Now in its eleventh year, EarthFest Educators Night is presented with University of Phoenix, Arizona Forward’s official education partner.

EarthFest is to be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. in Phoenix.

This innovative program showcases environmentally oriented curriculum, as well as activities and programs on Arizona’s unique desert character. More than 50 booths representing public and private sector organizations, along with exhibits from the non-profit and educational communities, will be featured.

Other attractions for teachers include giveaways, complimentary refreshments and classroom resources, according to a press release.

Educators can also apply for a full-tuition scholarship offered by University of Phoenix. The scholarship will grant three recipients the opportunity to obtain degrees from the University’s College of Education.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to provide educational opportunities to local teachers who have demonstrated sustainable practices in their classroom and want to continue to make a difference in their community. Applications and further details will be available onsite at EarthFest.

Additionally, teachers can receive a certificate of attendance for participating in a free workshop about seeds and pollinators facilitated by Jake Mace and “Alisha Bee” Forrester Scott and about water and human impact on aquatic environments facilitated by University of Phoenix faculty members Debi Johnson and Jessica Wilkinson.

In addition, Arizona Forward’s Online Environmental Education Directory features a comprehensive list of field trip opportunities, curriculum, classroom speakers and related materials for teachers, the release stated.

The program is open to K-12 teachers throughout Arizona at no charge; however, reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-240-2408 or registering online at arizonaforward.org.

Arizona Forward has influenced quality-of-life decisions in the state since 1969 and is now celebrating 46 years of operation. The association brings business and civic leaders together to improve the environmental quality and economic vitality of cities and towns throughout the Grand Canyon State.

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