Educator Workshops

2018-19 Educator Workshops



June 23, 2019 - June 30, 2019

This is our seventh Mountains to the Gulf (M2G) event. Many past participants have called this the most amazing 8 days of a teacher’s professional life!

Camp McDowell partners with several other organizations in an amazing teacher expedition called Mountains to the Gulf. A group of twenty-five teachers from across Alabama is selected to travel the state of Alabama for a week with some of the Southeast’s top experts on geology, watersheds, herpetology, and ecology. Some of the experts who usually participate are Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, Dr. Bill Deutsch, founder of Alabama Water Watch, Trish Smrecek, geologist and paleontologist, Dr. Scot Duncan, author of Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity, and Jimmy Stiles, herpetologist. They guide the teacher group through all ecoregions of the state.

Stops are made along the way at Little River Canyon, Cheaha State Park, Montgomery, Conecuh National Forest, and Dauphin Island. We gather fossils from roadside cuts and stream beds across the state of Alabama. The final two days are spent at Dauphin Island Sea Lab where we explore salt marsh estuaries and go out on their research vessel to trawl and learn about the living species in our gulf waters. We stay in hotel style lodging along the way and travel in a charter bus.

The primary sponsor for M2G is Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education ( Other partners include Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA), Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama Water Watch and, of course, McDowell Environmental Center.

To register or learn more information go to the Legacy website! Registration should be up soon.

For more information about any of these, please contact Maggie Johnston at with “2019 educator workshops” in the subject line.

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EEAA Environmental Science Day Camp for teachers!

October 15, 2018 8am - October 15, 2018 3:30pm

The Environmental Education Association of Alabama ( is sponsoring this Day Camp to get teachers outside and connecting to the natural world! You will get to explore and learn from the amazing teacher naturalists at McDowell Environmental Center and McDowell Farm School.

For more information or the registration form, contact Maggie Johnston with 'EEAA Environmental Science Day Camp for Teachers!' in the subject line please. Registration will be up soon here.

There is an option to come the night before and stay at one of the lodges at Camp McDowell.

Come join the fun!


Farming and Fungi- The role of decomposition on the farm and in your classroom

February 17, 2019 - February 18, 2019

Join us for a two day, one night experience learning about Farming and Fungi- The role of decomposition on the farm and in your classroom. An exploration of the differences between bacterial and fungal decomposition in field and forest for fertility and soil building capacities, this class will include multiple composting demonstrations as well as log inoculation for shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation.

We will stay in the hotel style lodging at Camp McDowell and eat delicious meals with some of the food coming from our very own Farm! In February, we usually have new baby goats all well! A special treat.

Registration will be opening soon! There is a $25 deposit fee to hold your spot, but the rest of the two day, one night experience is fully grant funded. Questions? Contact for more information with "Farming and Fungi" in the subject line please.