New York Biology
              Teachers Association
Special Information    

There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.

The New York Biology Teachers' Association

invites you to participate in a Field Trip

Climate Change:
Adapting in NYC

A Program for High School Biology Teachers

led by an Urban Park Ranger

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Alley Pond Park, Queens

1:00 to 3:00 pm

[Rain or Shine]

Meeting location will be sent with your registration confirmation.

This is an outdoor activity. Wear comfortable shoes for this easy walk.

Since this is the middle of the Spring bird migration, bring binoculars.

Climate Change has the ability to affect every living thing on our planet. Participants will explore the park and come away with a basic understanding of the effects of climate change on New York City flora, fauna and landscape. They will discover and discuss what they can do to help our environment, not only in the city, but worldwide.

The activities in Climate Change: Adapting in New York City focus on the following skills:

  • Identifying relationships
  • Critically thinking to solve real-world problems
  • Formulating questions about natural phenomenon
  • Collecting qualitative and quantitative data
  • Working effectively in groups
  • Observing, recording and analyzing

To register, send your name, home/cell telephone number, and school to As space is limited, please register early. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

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There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.


in cooperation with Gateway National Recreation Area

Explore the Beach for Mating Horseshoe Crabs
See a species that has existed for approximately 240 million years.  While rare in the world, they can be found in the NYC area.

Horseshoe Crab Sightings
 THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
    4:00 - 6:30 PM   

Gateway National Recreation Area
Belt Pkwy Eastbound between Knapp St. and Flatbush Ave

Led by Alan Ascher, Science Educator

A Spring Field Trip For Teachers And Others To Explore The Salt Marsh, Observe The Annual Horseshoe Crab Mating  And Meet Some Of The Other Marsh Inhabitants. No Experience Required. This Beach Walk Has Been Taking Place For Over 25 Years.

There Are Some Exciting Changes That Have Occurred Since Superstorm Sandy. Observe These Changes And See If They Have Had An Impact On The Horseshoe Crab Population.

Individual students who accompany a teacher or parent are welcome to attend.
Dress casually. Old sneakers recommended.  You will be walking approximately ¾ mile round trip. Limited facilities at site.

DIRECTIONS:  Plumb Beach is located along the eastbound Belt Parkway between Knapp Street (exit 9) and Flatbush Ave (exit 11).  Bus transportation is available on Knapp Street. You can also walk the bike path from Knapp Street or Flatbush Avenues. We will meet in the parking area in front of the round building 


No Fee


Caught in the Same Net;
The Ocean and Us

Carl Safina

President, The Safina Center
Stony Brook University

Friday, April 24, 2015
 7:30 P.M.

Wang Center Auditorium
Stony Brook University

Fisheries, coral reefs, forests, climate change, poverty, literacy for girls, and peace—these are all facets of the same issue.

Drawing on two acclaimed recent books—The View From Lazy Point and A Sea In Flames — scientist/author Dr. Carl Safina weaves a story that is both deeply personal and broadly global.

Sharing travels that take us from his Long Island beach house to the high Arctic, Antarctica, and across the coastal tropics, he shows how the changes he’s witnessed challenge not just nature but
all of humankind.

Safina will also discuss how science has ethical implications, how religion and science are converging toward common cause on environmental matters, and how moral responses can add momentum toward increasingly crucial solutions.

Despite serious trends, there is a path forward.

We’ll have books available for signing by the author.
Co-sponsored by Earthstock and Living World Lecture Series, Department of Ecology and EvolutionSBU

Long Island Food Conference

Growing and Eating for a More Sustainable Future

 Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:00 am - 5:30 pm


The 2015 Long Island Food Conference on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Hofstra University will bring together hundreds of key stakeholders and members of our communities from across Long Island and the tri-state area to learn, discuss, and network about the importance of growing and promoting a sustainable local food system.

The 2015 conference will focus on strengthening and increasing our local food system by:

    1) identifying innovative small scale growing techniques,

    2) providing inspiring and educational workshops dedicated to promoting healthy and sustainable food choices, and

    3) discussing ground-breaking policies and programs that help incorporate sustainable and locally grown food into our communities.

Genes in Space

A Challenge for Students to Design
a DNA Analysis Experiment for Space!

Space exploration poses intriguing questions about life beyond Earth. To
answer them, Genes in Space  invites students in grades 7 through 12 to propose a pioneering DNA amplification experiment to occur aboard the International Space Station powered by miniPCR.

Help design a pioneering experiment that will open an era of DNA exploration in space.

Crew: U.S. students and teachers interested in science, technology, and space, in grades 7 through 12.

Location: International Space Station.

Contest Launch Date: March 17, 2015.

Closing Date: April 30, 2015.

Life as we know it is encoded in DNA. On Earth we use a process called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to rapidly detect and analyze DNA. PCR can make billions of copies of specific DNA sequences for study, in a process called DNA amplification. PCR has never been done in space, and now you can be among the first to propose a DNA amplification experiment for the International Space Station.

If you win, your design will become one of the first ever DNA experiments in space!

There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.

New York Hall of Science
Crime Scene Investigation Toolkit
Online Professional Development Series

May 26 – June 29, 2015


Register for a free, online professional development series and give your students an engaging way to apply content knowledge to real-world situations. This five-part series will show you how to incorporate NGSS and Common Core-aligned argumentation practices into your classroom.

This online program consists of five sessions, which run from May 26 – June 29. This program will provide a great opportunity to learn and collaborate with educators around the country. Sessions will focus on introducing students to Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning, building digital portfolios, applying science to real-world situations, and engaging in scientific argumentation. Participants will learn about best practices in STEM education through the lens of newly developed student-centered investigations related to chemistry, biology, physics, ecology and earth science. In addition to these investigations, participants will be provided with assessment strategies, supporting readings and videos, and opportunities for moderated discussions with other educators.

Upon completion of the program, each participant will be awarded a stipend of $200.

The series is open to high school educators throughout the country. Participation is limited to 30 teachers.
The deadline for applications is Friday, May 1, 2015.

Teachers will need to check in once per week to access new materials. By the end of the course, teachers will have completed 30 hours of professional development.
(5 hours per week done at their own pace).
Week 1: May 26- June 1
Week 2: June 2- June 8
Week 3: June 9- June 15
Week 4: June 16- June 22
Week 5: June 23- June 29

For more information, please contact Alison Howell at or (718) 683-9398.

Optional videoconferencing sessions will be held on the following Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24. These sessions will be approximately one hour in length.

World Science Festival
5 Days.
50 Events.
May 27-31, 2015
New York City

In just eight years, the World Science Festival has become a can't-miss-it New York City cultural event, sparking curiosity in every corner of every borough. The Festival returns this year at the end of May, when hundreds of thousands will gather for a glorious five-day celebration of science.

The 2015 Festival will feature more than fifty engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world's top scientists discuss big ideas, a special series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, youth and family offerings like Cool Jobs and apprenticeships, and perennial favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of eleven-year-olds. (This year's challenge is: "What is sleep?")

It all culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor extravaganza taking over Washington Square Park and the surrounding area on Sunday, May 31.

Click here for more information

World Science Festival
Calling all Science Enthusiasts!

Now Accepting Applications for Festival Volunteers
from May 27–May 31, 2015

Be part of the world’s largest and most prestigious science festival.

Meet and network with science  enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Receive exciting appreciation awards for outstanding service to the Festival.

Help educate fellow community  members on exciting innovations in the field.

The World Science Festival returns to New York City, May 27–May 31, with more than 50 extraordinary events and performances  designed to make the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating. Now in its eighth year, the 2015 Festival brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds with renowned artists and influential thinkers for a five-day celebration that, through discourse  and debate, conversation and performance, allows everyone—kids and adults, novices and enthusiasts—to experience science in a unique and thrilling way.

Visit for more information and to submit an application.

There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.


Professional Learning Conference
For Educators by Educators

June 4, 2015

Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
New York City

The mission of EDxEDNYC 2015 is to build best practices, network with other innovative thinkers within New York City and to continue conversations around student engagement and inquiry. This conference is for educators by educators, with a focus on fostering discussion, questioning, reflective leadership and design-thinking within our schools.

American Museum of Natural History

NYC Teachers Chancellor's Day
Professional Development 2015

Using Museum Resources to Support K-12 Science Education

June 4, 2015
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This professional development day is designed for teachers who want to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science. 

Participants will have the opportunity to chose from a range of breakout sessions that will utilize the Museum's digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.

Grades K-12

Cost: $35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and Museum resources.

Click here for more information

For information on many more local activities for science educators,

visit NYAS Science Educators - Events Calendar

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