Educator Workshops

2018 Educator Workshops



June 24, 2018 - July 1, 2018

This is our sixth 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 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, 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, and Dauphin Island. We gather fossils from roadside cuts and stream beds in Southern 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!

For more information about any of these, please contact Maggie Johnston at with “2018 educator workshops” in the subject line.

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Agricultural Advocates: Farming as Teaching

June 18, 2018 - June 20, 2018

This Legacy workshop takes place at the McDowell Farm School at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama. Learn more about how important farming is to Alabama. Enjoy harvesting food straight from the earth and prepping a farm-to-table meal. Learn about raised beds, greenhouses, & animal husbandry (goats, chickens, and pigs). Sponsored by Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, so you will regsiter through their website.

Legacy Partner Registration Fee: $75.00 Non-Partner Registration Fee: $90.00

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Deadline: June 4, 2018


Using Alabama Rocks, Inquiry, and Observation to Unearth our Past

June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018

Join us for a three day, two night experience learning about local rocks and fossils. We'll be unveiling a new locally-relevant curriculum unit, aligned with AL, TN, GA, and MS science standards and Next Generation Science Standards, that you'll be able to implement in your classroom right away.

Register here to reserve your spot today! There is a $25 fee to hold your spot, but the three day, two night experience is fully grant funded. Questions? Contact